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Friday, April 18, 2014
A Serious Lack Of Grace or How To Fall Well
This morning, while walking into a friend's house, I took a seriously ungraceful fall. I think I might have bounced. Fortunately, I was not seriously injured - and even my dignity was spared since I was surrounded by a nice group of friends. No one pointed or stared. Turns out one of the other gals had taken a misstep at the same place a few minutes earlier.
Good for me, I had already planned to walk with a friend and the weather was so inviting there was no way I was NOT going to walk. The sun was out, there was a nice breeze, and I was all set. I put an ice pack on the worst of my several bruises (my right hand) for the next half hour or so then headed out with a friend to walk.
We buzzed back by my house, picked up my dog, and headed for what we thought was a walk by the Meramec River at Fenton Park. Construction and bad directions ruined our original plan, so we drove around a bit trying to figure out the error of our ways. Before long, we wound up at a new park, Unger Park, on a bend of the Meramec across from Emmenegger Park.
After my tumble earlier in the day, I was not eager to take on a true hike, so the flat, paved 2 mile path at Unger Park seemed perfect. And, it was! We arrived there about 12:30, so no gnats or mosquitoes despite the fact that we were in the lowlands, recently flooded, where the Meramec takes a 90 degree turn, resulting in both the river and a 'lake'. We had the place pretty much to ourselves.
The two miles was plenty for me today. I was pretty tired when we got back to the car. Zipped home, gave the dog a big, cold drink and sat down with an ice pack on my aching knee. I was a bit concerned about the knee since bending it produced a sharp pain and the joint is one of those bionic numbers they give you in the operating room. However, I had had no difficulty bearing weight on it so I didn't panic. Just me and the ice pack and the TV for a while.
Before long, my husband (the doctor) arrived home from work, pronounced me seriously lacking in grace (not news!) but sure that I would live with only colorful bruises and some aches to show for my day's endeavors.
Hot Diggitty! I'm already planning my walk for tomorrow as the weather is predicted to be a repeat of today's. I just won't bend that knee.....
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