I have been nominated by Lady G over at seekthebestblog for The Dragon Loyalty Award. I stumbled across her wonderful blog during the A-Z Blog Challenge and I am so glad I did. She is a brilliant writer with a beautiful blog site.
I have been tasked with writing 7 interesting things about myself. I am not feeling very interesting these days, I feel like I am in a rut – Get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, lay about, go to bed and start the whole process over the next day and the next day and so on and so forth.
So I have decided to write about my most interesting illnesses and injuries, of which I have many.
- I locked my thumb in a car door. I was in Kaiserslautern Germany, and my friends had to go to the Army base to do some administrative stuff. I had initially decided to stay in the car while they went into one of the office buildings. But then I made the not so wise decision to get out of the car, and in the process of closing the car door, my thumb became stuck in the door. The door was locked. I stood there for about 10 minutes, with my thumb locked in the door waiting for my friends to come back. Two fellows came by and asked what I was doing. I told them. They asked me if it hurt. Really?
- I contracted Pertussis about 4 years ago – despite being fully immunized with a recent booster shot. I have to thank all those brilliant parents who choose not to immunize their children because of concern for their child’s “well-being”, for allowing me to get this illness. And I was on-call the weekend I began coughing. My coworkers did not step up to take my place, and once the Positive results came back, letters had to be sent out to everyone (over 150 people) I came into contact with, about their potential exposure to Pertussis, thanks to me. I felt like a leper.
- I fell into the pool skimmer one evening (the little hole on the pool deck, where leaves and stuff get trapped), while outside in my backyard. Someone had left the cap off and I walked right into it. I am not sure how I didn’t break my leg, but I did suffer a 1.5 inch deep stab wound in my shin, that took about 12 weeks of twice daily dressings and packing to heal.
- I contracted Rubella in my 20s – again I was fully immunized, and again I have to thank all the non-immunized people around me for the 6 weeks of arthralgias, not being able to walk, and fevers that I suffered. I ended up in the hospital for about 1 week because of the severity of the illness.
- I broke my tailbone (or coccyx) while bareback riding on a horse when I was 11. I had coaxed the horse into a gallop and must have come down on the horse’s spine at just the right angle. The neurosurgeon I went to see shortly afterwards told me the way my coccyx had been crushed would affect my ability to deliver children. I let my Obstetrician know when I was pregnant with my first child about this and they said – Oh no, you are a big girl (what the heck? Was that a fat joke – I am 5’ 9”) you can deliver this baby naturally. This was in Japan. After six hours of pushing (the standard back then said a C-section should be done after three hours – just my luck), they decided to perform a C-section. Unfortunately, I had done such a fantastic job of pushing, my son’s head was completely wedged in the birth canal, which led to several very scary minutes of trying to push him back up, so they could deliver him via C-Section. Because of all the manipulation to my insides, I developed an ileus, and spent the whole week thinking about the gravestone in England my Dad had told me about – it said “He died for the want of a fart.” I totally get that!!!
- I developed Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in 1989. This is a tick-borne illness. I had the bulls-eye lesion, must have been bitten by a tick in Maryland, but I didn’t develop the symptoms until I was in Wichita Falls, Texas. I spent 3 days going back and forth to the ER (at the Air Force base – where I was at Officer Indoctrination School) with fevers to 103 and being told it was a viral illness. I spent a week in the hospital, my fevers maxed out at 105.6, with a roommate that was a diabetic, who kept sneaking little cakes and sandwiches and then acting totally surprised that her blood sugars were completely whacky. It was only because my Company Commander was an Infectious Disease physician and he recognized the rash, that they were able to treat me correctly after the diagnosis was made.
- I knocked myself out after hitting my head on the lower bar in my closet one day, looking for shoes at the bottom of my closet, and gave myself a concussion. I collapsed on my bathroom floor and no one even knew what had happened to me. When I did finally come to, with a cracking headache, my Great Dane, Newman was standing over me with his jowls 2 inches from my face. I felt horrible for days after that.
They say – What doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger. I wholeheartedly agree with that!!!!!
There are rule to this awards and they are as follows:
- Display the award on your blog.
- Announce your win with a post and link back to the nominator.
- Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
- Link your awardees in the post.
- Write 7 interesting things about you.
Here are 6 bloggers who I would love to see what interesting things they have to see about themselves.
To all of those bloggers listed above, please accept the award only if you accept awards, don’t feel you have to though (I have to get ready for work in half an hour – so I didn’t check to see if you actually do accept awards). That’s me being a bit lazy (and pressed for time) – sorry about that.