Saturday, March 10, 2018
I Could Have Died
I am back, sort of. I got back home from my 25-day trip and found I had to turn around and head back to the city for a belated birthday dinner (my birthday) and to see a play. (Great play and may write about that later.) Then back down here to go through a box of mail, clean yard, do laundry, respond to answering machine messages, download 2,500 photos, grocery shop, and make a longer list of stuff still to do like get new passports and start on income taxes and clean up the yard after the storm!
Where did I go? The Amazon River and a bunch of Caribbean Islands. More on that later.
In response to the title of this post, on the second to the last day of my journey, I took a very nasty fall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I fell down two concrete steps with very sharp edges onto more concrete. It was right behind the Capital building and since the Governor was giving a speech that very afternoon, dozens of police officers were everywhere.
In no time I was spouting blood from my right shin, building fluids in my left knee and beginning the swelling of a nice left black eye where my face fell on my camera! Guess what? No broken bones, no stitches, and no concussion! Had I not been going into shock, I would have taken more photos of the tragedy.
Three police officers (cuter than ever and very sweet) came by and called the ambulance and two medics checked me out asking lots of questions but allowed me to opt out of going to the ER---wonder if I would have gotten away with that State-side? I had no later headache and the bleeding stopped on the leg almost immediately with pressure and elevation although the blood flow was nasty. I spent the afternoon watching movies in the hotel and after taking Advil applied ice and gentle movement to various parts of my body.
The next day I was well enough to see parts of San Juan with a hired taxi before our later afternoon flight out. That afternoon I had to make a fast walk from one end of the Charlotte airport to the other to catch our last flight and had no pain or problems. Somebody up there is watching out for me...for some reason!
Now I will add reading your blogs for updates to my list of things to do!