Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Injured in Chicago

I have real problems.
My boss and I flew to Chicago this morning for a customer visit.
After a terribly turbulent flight we landed safely and walked the
miles and miles to the bus which would take us to the rental cars.

My boss put my suitcase in the back and I opened the 
passenger door, pivoted to get in and 
went my knee, in the back rather than the front like I am used to,
I think I may have torn my meniscus based on my husband's previous injury
which sounds very similar.   

We drive around the airport about 150 times since the GPS wants
to take us on a road they just dug up. No matter where we drive,
we're still in the airport.  It must be as big as a small city.
Then there are barricades, lanes that disappear, the wind is
blowing so strong that signs are falling over and construction material
is waving across lanes.  
We end up in parking lots for FedEx, for foreign airlines,
for other cargo shipments.  It goes on forever.
Planes are landing just barely over our heads.
Finally we see a way out.  We don't know if it is the right way,
but the GPS will figure it out if we can just leave the airport!!

We pull up to the Marriott Courtyard in Elmhurst.
The hotel has a wheel chair and moved me to a first floor room.
They brought ice and my boss ordered and brought my dinner to me.
The concierge even wheeled me up the hall.
So here I sit,
Hurt in Chicago.

There is no point in going to an emergency room.
I can sit without any pain, I can sort of stand but can't walk.
We fly home tomorrow around 1 PM.
I assume the airport will take me to the plane in a wheel chair
and I'll get to board first  (Woo Hoo)
Then I'll get a wheel chair to get to the car (I rode with my boss)
and he will take me back to work where my car is waiting for me.
The one I can't drive because it's my right leg.

Somehow I'll get home and then make an appointment with 
a doctor who will tell me I need some sort of major operation
that will hurt an awful lot.   I'll work from home until I can drive 
well enough but will probably not be taking that vacation day 
on Friday to walk around libraries for the book sale.

Do you know what my major immediate concern is?
How will I shower, dry my hair and FIX MY HAIR in the morning.
This is TRAGIC!!

And I will miss out on the warehouse tour but hopefully can hobble
into the customer's place to meet them.
Maybe a magic fairy will make my knee better overnight.

Let's hope!
I'm not real happy right now but I've got a nice hotel,
the employees could not be nicer, truly wonderful.
I have some soda and pretzels and TV plus internet.
It could be lots worse (like if they want to do surgery),
Maybe it is just twisted.
Right?  Just twisted.



Gorges Smythe said...

Maybe a local chiropractor could at least help diagnose the problem, if not fix it.

Powell River Books said...

Sorry to hear this. Hope it all turns out for the better and you get home without too much pain. - Margy

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Oh my word!
That sounds just awful! I'm sorry to hear you injured-- but worse, injured and away from home! I'm praying for you. Hang in there.

Lady Locust said...

Good luck. Hope whatever it is will heal quickly.

Harry Flashman said...

I am so sorry this happened to you. This past year it's just been one hardship after another there. I wish I could help. Don't overdo and get it fixed soon!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I put ice on it last night and some of the swelling went down. As I slept it straightened out but now I can stand and not sit very comfortable. If I had a walker I could walk around a little. I am holding the back of the wheel chair to get around the room. I have to give that up when we check out.

LindaG said...

I hate being sick or injured away from home.
You only need a single crutch to help you until you can see your doctor. A cane or a stick would work. Hubby has made both of us walking sticks.

Hoping you get home safely. God bless. ♥

Candy C. said...

Oh.My.Word.Kathy!! I hope you don't need surgery. {{HUGS}} and more {{HUGS}}

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

Sorry to hear it. Couldn't your boss find a pair of crutches for you to get around with?

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

By morning I could stand (but not bend my leg) so we went on the visit. They had a golf cart to travel around their warehouse and they sell canes!! They gave me one and it's fantastic. I'll write about it later but it is very different. My boss told me to work from home and get a dr appointment as soon as possible.

Susie said...

Oh Kathy it does sound painful and now you are stuck until they can do something. I do hope you don't have to have an operation and it just needs rest and some massage. Hope you get home safe and sound for your DH to look after you. Hugs, Susie x

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

They sell canes?!
Amazing. ...er, uh. DIVINE even.
Hope things are improving there.
Hang tough.
Still praying

Fiona said...

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Manny said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear. I hope it's feeling better by now. I do hope you won't need for them to do an operation. God be with you.