Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gruesome Playground Injuries: 2013 Edition

Subtitle: Oops, I Did It Again.


Regular readers will doubtless recall my mishap in the garden last July, which sent me to the Emergency Room with a 3-1/2 inch gash in my left leg.  The Head Gardener wishes me to state that Freddie Mercury is not to blame for my latest misfortune in the garden.  Having been relegated to placement against a fence where he cannot reach out and hook an unwary passerby, he was nowhere near the scene of the crime, as seen above.

As I was working in the mailbox bed last Friday, I lost my balance as I was about to clamber over the remnant of a Persian Vitex trunk.  Despite a heroic effort on my part to remain completely upright, I was unable to do so and fell forward, somehow managing not to plant my face and the length of my  body upon the ground.  Unfortunately for me, the plant below was in the way.  




It looks fairly innocuous, doesn't it? That empty space in the middle conceals the remainder of the trunk that was hacked back after freeze damage.  My left shin struck wood and when I arose and surveyed the damage, I lost no time in taking myself inside to hail my driver and hasten myself to the ER.  

When we were ushered back to the treatment area, I was happy to see that nurse/practitioner Chris Jones and nurse Laura Bell were once again on hand to make the necessary repairs.  I hailed them as old friends and their response was "Oh, yeah, you're the fish lady!"  Chris was happy to see how nicely his repair of last year's laceration had turned out: the scar is barely visible.  I told him that's why I won't allow anyone but him to stitch me up ;-)  While this injury only required 2 stitches to close it, I suspect the scar may be more unsightly.   In deference to those of delicate sensibilities, I won't share a picture ... it's not really all that gruesome but it's not pretty!

Stay tuned to this blog for further episodes of Extreme Gardening, no set time, no set place!


17 comments:

Carol said...

There better not be any more episodes of your Extreme Gardening that involve trips to the ER! You be careful out there!

Alison said...

Damn, Girl! I'm with Carol, no more trips to the ER -- ever -- and especially not between now and the Fling. Some of us curious ones might want to see your gruesome scars though.

Gail said...

Nope, you cannot get hurt again. Don't make me come down there! xoxogail

Leslie said...

I think you may need protective gear before you are allowed to venture out there again.

Kathy said...

I'm glad it only took 2 stitches to repair it. Accidents will happen, and it doesn't sound like you could have avoided this one.

Carol said...

Well, you went ahead and got your yearly visit to the ER out of the way, huh? Hope all is well. Be careful and have a great weekend! Carol

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CommonWeeder said...

Cindy - I had no idea you were such a dare devil. Stay upright from now on!

Lancashire rose said...

Gardening is a dangerous game. So sorry to hear about your recent ER trip but glad it was taken care of. As i sit here with an ice pack on my face because a wasp just stung me it makes me wonder if I shouldn't just play bridge 5 days a week.

David said...

I'm starting to worry about you, my friend. And, no, we are NOT going to rename your blog "ER GARDENING".
I was hoping to stop by next Friday, May 31st to visit and give you some plants. Will you be OK by then?
School paperwork is finally winding down enough for me to think about gardening again.
BTW: Your flower and gardens are dazzling right now. I've been driving by to admire them each week. Take care, David/:0)

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

OHHH...how scary that must have been. You must be a "Queen" fan. Glad you're doing OK now!

Rose said...

I had no idea your garden was such a dangerous place, Cindy! Glad to know Freddie was innocent this time, and I hope you heal quickly.

I can't say too much, though--I once fell off the couch and landed flat on the floor while dusting:)

Natalie said...

That is indeed not a good news..

rebecca said...

Ouch! Except for some sore joints, some bad cases of poison ivy & a few bee stings, I've been pretty fortunate. (Knock on wood!) Sorry about your latest.

Cindy, MCOK said...

It's just another day in the life here at Wit's End!

LindaCTG said...

Oh, Cindy, I'm so sorry! You know, every weekend, I'm tempted to post, "I didn't get injured today, though came mighty close." We are too scary, but you're topping it all. Hope all is okay,and hope you don't have to visit your ER friends again any time soon.

Phillip said...

"I think you may need protective gear before you are allowed to venture out there again."

Couldn't agree more..