Hedges in the backyard.
Our neighbors directly across the street lost their tree. It split right in half due to the heavy ice on the branches. There are several like this on our street. Bradford Pear trees are not very sturdy trees. They fall apart like matchsticks whenever we have a windstorm or ice like this.
A dusting of snow in the neighborhood.
The contraption I have to wear day and night for at least four weeks. You can't see it very well in this picture, but there's a long pillow attached to the sling with velcro that holds my arm out away from my body. I get to remove the big bandages on my shoulder tomorrow and just use Band-aids on them. Good news is today I feel like the pain is down a notch or even two. As long as I don't move that arm, I'm good.
Some of you have asked how I fell. Well...it was really, really, really a stupid move on my part. I stepped over a dog gate and lost my balance with one leg on each side of it. I tried to grab onto the door frame, but couldn't hold on and down I went. SPLAT! I am NEVER stepping over one of those gates again. And this time I mean it!
How could I have been so dumb with my back the way it is and not even completely recovered from the surgery yet? No one ever plans to fall and bust their ass, but that's what happens when you start to get older. Your balance is off, your coordination and agility decline, and you just cannot do what you could when you were younger. It's hard to accept or even believe it, but I'm a believer now! It's just not worth it to take a chance. Move the gate and let someone else use the ladders and step stools.
I can't even type very easily. It's taken me 10 minutes to type all this out, and I can feel it throbbing in my arm. Work is out. Thank goodness I don't rely on it for our only income. I'd be sca-rewed!
I hope I can save just one person from taking a fall and hurting themselves the way I did by ranting here. Don't do it! You never think it will be you until suddenly it is. Stop and think, and then DON'T DO IT!
We'll be here by the fire for the next few days.
Thanks again for all the love!