on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sometimes life knocks you off your feet with a three punch combination which I like to refer to as the WHAM! BLAM! KA-BLAM!

I was expecting the Wham! For the last month I have been anticipating last weekend to be a rough one. The reason for this is that it was time for the quarterly assessment meeting at work and I knew that apart from being a very long working Saturday, it would be another round of the much anticipated showdown between bear and squirrel. The squirrel had been in training and though he was expecting to be bruised, felt confident he knew the technique to bring the bear down. As it turned out, the WHAM! was no more than a pin-prick. The bear failed to show up and the squirrel won by default. Although it did not carry as much satisfaction to have won that way, nevertheless the squirrel felt good about the rest of the weekend sans bruises to nurse.

So the meeting ended at about 6pm and I was in a happy mood. I called home and offered to get some takeaway from the neighbourhood shops. Food is so easy to come by in Malaysia that I thought nothing of going to three separate but closely placed shops to buy three different takeaways to satisfy the diverse food cravings at home.

I got to the shops which were all in the same block. I placed my first order, waited and collected it. Elapsed time was just 2 minutes. I proceeded to the next shop and it began to rain lightly. I was not worried as I had my umbrella and my car was not more than 30 meters away. I got my second takeaway. Elapsed time was about 6 minutes.

It was now raining very heavily.....I mean very,very heavily. Still with only one more order to make, I was not worried. I placed my order and it took just about 5 minutes for the dish to be cooked but in that time, the rain had been pelting down and I could see the water in the drains begin to swell up. I paid for the takeaway and was ready to make a dash for my car when......BLAM!

The shopkeeper did not have change for my payment. He had to nip over to another shop to get the change. He was not gone for more than 5 minutes but in that short delay, the drains overflowed and flooded the road with about two feet of dirty, smelly water. There was nothing else to do but when he came back with the change, I held all by purchases tightly, opened out my umbrella and stoically walked the 30 meters in 2 feet of smelly flood waters. When I got into my car, I thought that at least the day could not get worse. That was until "Ka-Blam!".

I got home, took a quick shower, changed and dried myself and then had dinner with my family. However, before the end of the dinner, I felt a sickly itch all over my legs. I knew this was due to the extremely dirty flood water that I had waded through. I went back under the shower and liberally soaped my legs and feet. It was because of the heavy lathering that I somehow felt my feet slip from under me as my whole body flipped to a horizontal position and I fell heavily on the bathroom floor.

KA-BLAM! I landed heavily on my buttocks and the base of my spinal column. I also hit my head and neck against the bathroom wall. I was truly winded and rolled about initially unsure of what was happening. The pain was intense and I was in shock. I was immediately afraid that I done some major injury on myself. It was a couple of days of bed rest before I was sufficiently recovered to walk properly again.

So, to re-cap, I was expecting WHAM! but that turned out to be a bit of a damp rag, a non-event. I underestimated BLAM! and was completely taken unawares by KA-BLAM! and I was out for the count. Friends, this is why I had no post up over the weekend and how I came about to be nursing some tender bruisers after all.


Sincerity said...

Oh my dear Mr. Lone Grey Squirrel! You must be more careful! I hope you are doing better these days but tail and back injuries are slow at healing so do things with extra care for a time.

I'm glad you didn't break anything and I'm glad you're able to inject some humor into such a bruising ordeal. :)

Hugs to you!

Open Grove Claudia said...

YIKES!! I am so very very sorry! Oh my goodness!! I've fallen down the stairs in a similar fashion and it's not pretty or fun. Can you get to an acupunturist to make sure your sacrum is really all right?

Oh Squirrelly. I will keep you in my prayers - did you see there's a present on my blog for you!?

squirrelmama said...

I hope you have escaped with very minor injuries and that the bruising goes away soon, LGS. That kind of homage you paid to the laws of gravity can be seriously damaging. But the whole episode underscores the sad principle that you never know, truly never ever really know, where your next kick in the *whatever* is coming from. Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day to you, and take good care of yourself!

Tai said...

Oh man! It's always a KA-BLAM when you least expect it.

Hope you fully recover and it doesn't happen again!

Claire said...

My goodness, LGS that's quite a story. I hope your family appreciates all you went through to bring home 3 different takeouts! Good luck with your recuperation, feel better soon!

CS said...

Until I got to the fall, I was thinking, Oh, bless his heart, what a lousy day. But my gosh! That goes beyond lousy. I'm glad you didn't do any permanent damge, but sorry you hurt yourself enough to need bedrest. Hope you are healing well.

Cheryl said...

What a very bad day you had. I'm glad you weren't hurt more than you were from your fall. I know about falls from my father. Would it be bad to say when it rains it pours? I've hurt my tail bone before and it took forever to recuperate from that. I hope you're much better.

MedStudentWife said...

OH dear !!! LGS :(

Are you alright ?

I don't think this was a gravity ebb, in this case, although those are just as dangerous as slippery bathroom showers.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks for the hugs. I am much better and mobile again though with a slight limp. I guess I have come to the "I've fallen down and i can't get up" age. :)

Thanks. I really should see an acupunturist but instead I will probably do the time-honored tradition of ignoring the problem. Oooo. I love presents. Thanks.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

The bruise to my ego will probably be the last to heal. My sympathetic wife thinks it is a hilarious story to share with friends. Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day? We have a Day? Wow.....tomorrow, we conquer the world!

I am hoping KA-BLAM does not strike twice in the same location!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

It's all about expectations. Since the time of the cave -men, the alpha male is expected to bring back the meat. The females today have more choices than just dino steaks.

I am about 95% recovered, thanks. It was a bit of a lousy weekend. Hoping for a better week.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I think it was only a bad bruise though I was initially worried that it might involve the bone.

"gravity ebb"? Is this coming from some kind of computer game lingo? :)

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Oh no, LGS! That sounds AWFUL! I hope you back to your normal, tree-hopping, skitterying-scampering, bear-attacking self in no time!

geewits said...

I hope you feel better soon. That sounds awful!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

It is so bad, I even have an excuse not to go to the gym. See, there is a silver lining to every dark cloud.

Thanks. It's still a little sore but I am already back at work....I'll survive.:)

Molly said...

I guess this means squirrels are not as acrobatic as cats and sometimes land on buttocks instead of feet? Having recently fallen into the bathtub [I kid you not!] as I was leaning over to the window on the other side,I sympathise heartily. I have the lump on my head to prove it. I also got very wet, as I was running water for a bath at the time. But, at least the water was clean! Hope you are fully recovered!

meggie said...

Oh LGS, feeling your pain!
Hope you are feeling much better, & have no lasting ill effects from your accident.

leslie said...

Omigosh, LGS! I'm SO sorry to hear about "Ka-blam." I fell in the shower once and ended up with a huge bruise on my arm but your accident sounds a lot worse than mine. I sure hope you're feeling better now and are at least grateful that "Blam" was a non-event. {{{{LGS}}}}

MedStudentWife said...

"Gravity ebb" is a concept I made up.. sounds better than tripping.. so much more dignified :0

Its where "gravity changes - or ebbs - at a point, without notice, and only for a brief moment, thus causing one's body to suddenly lurch or fall"


Josie said...

Oh, LGS, that's unbelievable. Poor you!!! I hope you feel better now.

My Wham! Blam! Ka-Blams! are usually of the psychological nature, not physical. *sigh*

Joyce's Ramblings said...

LGS Ouch! and double OUCH. I have dealt with a few falls lately and I am so glad to read that you are feeling better. Hope you continue to feel better. Big Hug without touch so it doesn't hurt.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I guess this means that pudgy, old men who pretend to be squirrels are not as acrobatic as the real thing! I didn't know you had a knock recently, hope all is well now.

Well, I think I am alright. There's still a little soreness but at the moment the biggest blow is to my ego. Thanx for the hugs.

Falling in the shower has just entered the list of things to look out for. Let's both be careful. :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Ah, gravity ebb. Yes, that sounds both scientific and plausible. Sounds better than my "soap conspiracy". ;)

I fully recommend physical pain. It helps you forget your psychological anguish......like magic. ;)

thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Always nice to meet new friends. I'm afraid you haven't caught me in good form. Don't be a stranger in these here parts.

Dave said...
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Dave said...

LGS ... Maybe you should get yourself a pair of these


for your car! ;-)

I am sorry to hear about your supper gathering experience... I just hope the food was worth it. I hope you have not done any serious harm to yourself. I am glad you are well enough to write about it. Take care LGS!

Keshi said...

o dear!


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Sorry, couldn't see the picture. I went to the site but the picture has been removed. Thanks for the positive thoughts. I believe I should survive!

Thank you for visiting my humble blog and leaving comments. You have clearly not caught me on one of my better moments! Come back again to see the unbruised me.

blackcrag said...

I didn't think bears could be that sneaky. Were you in a bear market for your take-aways?

Glad you're feeling better.

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