Friday, September 23, 2016

The dangers of resuming work

This last week has been very busy and highly risky. It's September, the academic year has begun again and not only do I have to work more or less full-time, but everyone else is doing so too.

As a result, the traffic has been a nightmare. On Tuesday morning, I drove up from Zeeland to do my usual stint in Rotterdam and got stuck in a traffic jam that meant I spent an hour and a quarter doing a distance that I usually complete in roughly seven minutes. This of course made me short of time arriving, and so I hurried to get where I was going. In my haste, I twisted my ankle and fell heavily on my left hand, hurting it quite badly...well badly enough to make it look as if I had donned a boxing glove and was a right bruiser (excuse the pun)...but yes, the swelling and bruising were considerable.

What makes it worse is this is the third time I've fallen in the space of a week - a phenomenon I put down to the pressure of having to work again after such a wonderful lazy, cruising summer. Yep, I've decided work does not suit me and is far too hazardous. For example, the first of the three falls occurred when I was busy prepping for lessons on my laptop. I got up from the sofa, caught my toe on the charger cable, stumbled and fell. This did not do said toe much good and it swelled up to the proportions and colour of a juicy vienna sausage.

The consequence of course was that I had to wear flip flops (normal shoes refused to fit) when I cycled into town later the same day to buy some printer paper for producing those lessons on which I had been working when....well, you get the picture. Anyway, getting off my bike, I caught the heel of my sloppy sandal on the pedal and down I went again, sprawling and with the bike on top of me for added effect. Talk about the Battle of Wounded Toe...given that it was now the biggest, fattest thing on my foot, it got it again and now had black and blue added to its livid red colours.

It was for reasons of my poor embattled foot that I was also wearing sandals when I fell for the third time on my way to my class (see above if you've forgotten). Since this was 'proper' work and I needed to look presentable, I wore some wedge-heeled open sandals instead of my flip flops. Now I don't know about my fellow female readers, but I always thought wedge heels were somehow safer than normal high heels. As I lay spread-eagled on the pavement, where for two pins I'd have shut my eyes and had a kip (it seemed easier than getting up), I  realised I was probably wrong. And then again, ever since this incident, I've been hearing about how dangerous they are. Do you think it's true? I'm not sure.  In my case, though, I think it's work that's dangerous and I should definitely give it up for my own safety. Don't you agree? After all, now I have both a handicap and an impediment (sorry...awful puns I know).

22 comments:

  1. Fascinating story and the best puns ever - but maybe I am biased.

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  2. I think we'll change your name to Calamity Jane! I bought a pair of wedge boots last year. Something I wore a lot in the seventies. I couldn't walk in them. I think it might be an age thing,we need flats.

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    1. Oh dear, do you think that's what it is, Anne? How depressing!

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  3. Sorry about your falls, Val. I'm sure there must be something to your theory, but I have no problems with September - I simply haven't been driving to work for five years! It's the simple solution! (Sorry to rub it in!) As for the wedges, I threw mine out years ago :-D

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    1. Well, birthday boy, you've been very fortunate...you haven't needed to wear wedges or platform soles since the seventies :) As for driving to work, hmm...I'm trying not to be very jealous!

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  4. Ooh what a time you've had Val! Sorry to hear about all the falls.

    Wedge heels are lethal. I always fell off them and twisted my ankles.

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    1. Well the rumours must be right then, Caryl! I shall wear them no more. Thank you for the confirmation!

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  5. Anything above a quarter inch heel is dangerous in my books!

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    1. I'm inclined to agree with you, Dale...

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  6. Oh, Val! I'm so sorry. Your blog would be humorous as always (well it is in a low key way) except it is so upsetting that you've hurt yourself...especially several times. I think you're right. Work is overrated and doesn't agree with you and the traffic nightmare...I hope you can soon retire and write full time.

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    1. Sadly, it'll be another five or so years before they let me off the hook, Steph. I wonder how many more toes I can crush, or maybe even a knee...then I really could talk about my battle with wounded knees...haha :)

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  7. Repeatedly falling over is not healthy. Please check that your sense of balance is ok by standing one leg and then the other - just to be sure please Val.
    I suggest that you buy a pair of Doc Marten ankle boots and wear them on the journey to work and on arrival change into a pair of 'office' shoes of your choice.

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    1. You are right, Mel, and thank you for the thought! Yes, I can stand on one leg ..or rather both if them separately. It was just the first fall that sort of triggered the other two. Good idea about the Doc Marten's! I love them already :)

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  8. Flip-flops, no. Wedge heels, no. Stick to walking in flats. As the comment above says, stand on one leg for a bit. Can you do it OK? Good. I tend to trip when I am tired and stressed....

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    1. Stephanie, thanks so much, and yes, I can stand on each leg ok. About stress, I'm sure that's what it was the third time. I was very stressed by being held up in traffic for so long! The first two were just silly accidents.

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  9. Flip-flops - yes, all the time in summer. But anything with a heel - no. Not since I was diagnosed with arthritis about 15 years ago. Even so, I can fall when I'm not thinking what I'm doing - and a few falls is a wake-up call. I must be tired, distracted, etc, and need to look out for myself better. Do hope you and your foot are recovering.

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    1. Jo, thank you. The first fall was what triggered the others, and that was just me being clumsy and not watching what I was doing. My foot is much better now althoug I still have a fat toe; it's just my hand that needs to recover. I'm sure I'll be fine in a few days!

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  10. Sorry to hear of your calamities Val and hope you will be wearing normal shoes soon and your foot heals quickly. You work so hard and prob
    ably you're tired as often that's when you miss you step. Take care and I hope that you are back fighting fit soon. Love xx

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    1. Aw, thank you, Julie! It's a bit sobering to be tired so early in the year, but I'm afraid you're right. I'll take it easy! Thank you! xx

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  11. Ooh poor you Vally. I'm pretty sure that your falls are due to rushing from one job to another with general fatigue thrown in to the mix. I also have a tendency to trip and bash myself when I'm tired and distracted so I empathise with you and hope that your foot gets better soon. You'll just have to rest it when possible and take lots of Arnica, pills and cream, to speed up the healing process- it does work! Ali xxxxxxxx

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    1. Oh Ali!! How lovely to see your name here. Thanks so much for your wonderfully soothing words. I didn't know you could get Arnica pills! I'll have to buy some. I'm always bashing and bruising myself anyway! Thank you for visiting here! Xxxx

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