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In Stitches

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Three weeks ago I took a tumble and ended up with stitches in my knee. The laceration is horizontal across the joint right where it stretches to bend whenever I take a step so it's taking forever to heal. The stitches were removed at the 14 day mark but the tear was not healed and they taped me up with steri-strip to hold me closed. This has all been rather annoying.

The cherry on top though, is not being able to wear pants. Anything rubbing against the wound (including a large bandaid or any other dressing) tears it right open and makes it bleed profusely and that is not an option at work. So I've been having to dress like Laura Ingalls Wilder in long flowy skirts and dresses every day for work for the past 3 weeks. In the middle of winter. In the northwest. I don't mind wearing a dress for a special occasion but I don't enjoy being forced to look like some kind of pilgrim for weeks on end at my place of employment. Nor do I have the wardrobe for it.

I suppose I should be thankful that I'm female and have the option of wearing dresses and skirts to work. But thankful I am not! I'm hoppin' mad. (Pun intended.) I'm mad I was a klutz and fell. I'm madder I had to get stitches and pay a big doctor's bill because the darn wound didn't heal overnight like I told it to. I'm mad it kept me awake at night because it hurt. I'm mad I had to walk around like I had a peg leg for the better part of two weeks. And I'm real mad that after two weeks, it STILL hadn't healed. I'm mad that I've had to wear pilgrim outfits for weeks now with no end in sight of getting out of this swirly, billowy, old fashioned mess.

Meanwhile, my favorite 81 year old patient came in a couple days ago and informed me he was training for the Death Valley Marathon. He told me he was going to die in Death Valley. He has a great sense of humor and I'm sure he'll do very well in the marathon as he has been running them for the past 10 years and breaking records. I do love hearing about people's amazing accomplishments so that brought me some cheer. Something to aspire to! But first, just to be able to wear pants again would be nice. Baby steps. VERY careful baby steps because anything less may result in stitches, as we now know.

New goal for February: Be able to wear pants again.
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    Ouch. But hey I'm thinking punk up the look. Let your inner goth out. Just until you can wear trousers again at least.
    54 days ago
    That does not sound like fun. (Yes, I am past master of the understatement, thank you, thank you!) And I definitely wouldn't enjoy wearing dresses and skirts in nasty, wintry weather. It's a bit ironic for me to think about, however, as for years and years I never, ever wore skirts and dresses. Maybe on Easter Sunday, just to shock people. This was partly because I didn't own any. But during the past year I mellowed a bit. First I bought a dress to wear at a wedding (and since I actually got invited to a second one, I wore it twice.) Then I ordered a skirt online, and, to my surprise, discovered it wasn't so very bad to wear, and was pretty cool in the Texas heat. AND, it has *pockets,* my favorite things to find in clothing. So then I bought two more such pockety (creative adjectiving here) skirts, so I feel like I am now prepared for any skirt-wearing occasion that may offer itself. (Not that any have, but just in case.)

    Hope your knee heals up soon, and perfectly, leaving no scar.
    55 days ago
    One of these days your dream will come true and you will proudly wear those pants to work again. Just hang in there.
    59 days ago
    have you tried the band aids that are like skin? I think the band aid brand has larger patches like them. you put them on and they adhere to your skin and help heal the wound and to not come off in showers at all. They are sometimes called NEW SKIN bandages. I use them all the time as I am always getting cuts at my job. I work with glass and razor blades .
    60 days ago
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    60 days ago
    Wow, how awful for you! On the bright side, you didn't break anything. Have a great February.
    60 days ago
    Patience is the toughest thing for we patients to acquire. Hang in there've got time and gender on your side! The thing about pilgrims is that they have a destination and mostly struggle to get there. That golden land where everybody wears pants will soon be yours. It's just over the horizon...keep on Sparking!! emoticon emoticon
    60 days ago
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