Elizabeth Suzann Florence Pants (gift from ES to review) | Large, short (old sizing)
James Perse slub long sleeve tee
Han Starnes alpaca rib knit sweater (purchased with credits at garmentory) | medium
Vince Warren sneakers
We’re home from whirlwind travels across the SE US, we enjoyed 80 degree weather in Florida and 9 inches of snow in Atlanta within days of each other. Fun! 🙂
But after we got home Sunday night, I had a little accident, fell, and fractured my jaw.
So here I am on the way to see the oral surgeon for him to tell me what has to happen (comfort is key!! physically and emotionally…). On Wednesday, I will have my jaws wired shut for about six weeks.
When I fell, I split my chin, probably on the full water glass I was carrying, so I have a cut there as well. The ER doctor was able to glue it instead of stitch it, which I’m thankful for. I also bruised my left knee and sprained my right thumb. Haha. What a mess.
My jaw is fractured in a “good” place for a fracture, generally, so all they need to do is wire it shut so it can heal. They don’t need to make any incisions, or put a plate in or anything like that, which I am also thankful for.
I did not hurt my neck, or hit my head, or break any teeth. And there weren’t any underlying health issues that caused this to happen (every test I could have done, I did). Which I am also thankful for.
We drove back from Atlanta to Dallas on Saturday, splitting the trip in two 7 hour trips on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday we drove for about 7 hours and were home around 2:30. When we got home, I set out cleaning, unpacking, and specifically decided to work on getting my jetted tub ready to use (you may remember I mentioned that it was really grimy when we moved in). I worked really hard, probably not drinking enough water, and maybe inhaling too much bleach fumes (although the bathroom is well ventilated). Then Leo and I ate a pizza and drank some whiskey, watched Vikings for a little while until I went to take a bath around 8.
I ran the bath, poured in about a cup of epsom salts and got in. It was really hot, and after a little while I started sweating, which is what’s supposed to happen in an epsom salts bath. I take them all the time. I got out, toweled off and proceeded to commence my other sunday night ritual of shaving my face. When I was finished with that, about 15 minutes after getting out of the tub, I started to feel pretty light-headed so I went to get some water. I usually have water in the bathroom to drink after getting out of an epsom salts bath, but forgot this time. Sometimes I forget.
I walked to the kitchen to get water, all the while still feeling more light-headed and nauseous. As I was walking to sit down, I tried to brace myself on a high-back chair, but before I could get there passed out and woke up 5 seconds later on the floor, bleeding, lying in broken glass and water.
Maybe there is one simple reason I blacked out and fell, or maybe there are too many to list. Who knows. All I know now, is that when things can change, they will. And quickly. Little changes, big changes, things are changing all around us, every second of every day, and all we can do it embrace the now, however that looks or feels.
Now doesn’t feel so great, but it’s not so bad either. I haven’t taken any pain medication (all I will take is Tylenol anyway, I’m allergic to ibuprofen and have never needed to take anything more), but the Dr. told me I’d need to after the jaw-wiring surgery on Wednesday. We’ll see. I feel fine, and besides being sore, and besides a fractured jaw, would have been nearly normal today, except for the jolt back to reality – and the re-affirmation that the only thing that truly ever matters is NOW; that you are happy and content now, with yourself, and with the people you choose to surround yourself with.
I could not be more happy than I am right now, for my life, my husband and family (Leo was wonderful during the whole event, in spite of the fact that I know he was as scared as I was). Fractured jaw and all.*
All of this is to say that I had lots of things planned to write about this week, but I’m not sure how much of it I will get done. Perhaps now is a good time for a home tour (I loved Michelle’s) ?? And just getting back to writing, if I feel coherent enough to do so.
And if anyone has any amazing smoothie or soup recipes for me, I’d appreciate them 🙂 I’ll get tired of my old standbys on a six week liquid diet…
*I wrote this post yesterday (Monday) and am still feeling the same way, but maybe a little less charitable about my injuries LOL. I’m starting to get scared of the surgery tomorrow, what it will feel like with all that stuff in my mouth and not being able to move my jaw. But I’m managing that…trying to stay grounded in the moment, and not let fear or worry take control. And Leo went and bought me a great variety of vegan soups, miso paste and I’m ordering some Strawgrace reusable glass straws to have plenty on hand 🙂