How Very Stupid

Along about 3 o’clock this morning, I woke up and realized the glow in the room was coming from my notebook. I set the screen to go off after a certain length of time and thought it hadn’t complied. I climbed out of bed, made my way across the room, shut the notebook and that was that.

Now, it’s my belief that the amount of light entering my eyes governs how easily I get back to sleep. That’s why I try to let very little in. I turned around with my eyes closed and started back to bed. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, right? Well, true, as long as the path isn’t blocked by a heavy somewhat immovable rebounder. My shins contacted the edge of said rebounder and down I went. My body landed on the bouncy part so it was cushioned.

I lay there for a few seconds feeling very foolish. I knew I’d done some damage but I didn’t know how much. I went over to the drawer where I keep my B12 paraphernalia and got a couple of alcohol prep pads. Holding my breath, I gingerly wiped my shins. It burned like billyoh.

The master bath is unheated as long as the weather isn’t too cold or I’m going to bathe/shower. It was rather breezy in there but that’s where I keep the first aid kit. I got it out and unearthed two (and only two) gauze pads and some adhesive tape. The tape is the industrial type that can’t be torn. Using a Q-tip, I applied some Triple Antibiotic Ointment to both legs. Only one was bleeding at all though the other one hurt, too.

Putting the pads on my legs, I secured them with strips of adhesive tape. I probably finished ruining my nice hair-cutting scissors by using them to cut the strips.

Hobbling back to bed, it took me a long time to get back to sleep. Whenever I’d rouse up, I’d make sure the bandages were still in place.

It was 8:30 before I woke this morning. Here’s what the bandages looked like when I got up.


When Cuz came over, I told her what I’d done. I said I’d put the bandages on because I didn’t want to get blood on the sheets. She fussed at me and said the sheets are washable. Then she wondered if I needed a panic button. I think I did quite well by myself, actually. It isn’t like I’m a fall risk.

Later, I checked the notebook and found that updates had installed at 2:53 a.m. so that’s when the screen lit up.

I guess Cuz has been concerned about me today. She came over twice more to check on me. I’m really not accident-prone. I don’t think so, anyway.

This evening, I took the bandages off. The one on my left leg came off with no problem since it hadn’t bled. I wasn’t so fortunate with the right one. It stuck. I had to work it off. Here are my beautiful legs without the bandages. And rest assured they aren’t shaped that way. It’s the angle of the camera. And the part that looks like a bruise on my right leg is a shadow.


Not bad considering what it could have been if I had trouble with skin tears. I figured they’d be bruised but there doesn’t seem to be any of that, either.

When Cuz was over here the last time, the power had gone off for a few seconds and the fixture with the bad ballast was acting up. If I had seizures, the flickering lights would have thrown me into one. Waiting until it gave trouble didn’t take long. She’s going to pick up a ballast next time she’s in town. It’s quit flickering now but is about half as bright as it should be. I guess maybe it’s taking a cue from me.

Well, for all you BTTF fans, the infamous date is almost past. I just knew that Netflix and/or Hulu would have the trilogy on but they missed the boat. Amazon is streaming it but I have Prime through DD so it doesn’t give me streaming rights. One of my Facebook friends said I could use a VPN and view it on Netflix Switzerland. I’ll try that tomorrow with Hola.

I’ve not felt up to par today. I’ve been a bit sore because of my jarring last night. If I have to make the trip again, I’ll remember to keep my eyes open.

4 Responses to How Very Stupid

  1. Lila October 22, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Sorry about the accident, but cringe to think what it might have been if your skin were fragile.

    • Tommie October 22, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      I’ve been very thankful I have a tough hide—so far, at least.

  2. Mary Jane October 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Ouch!! Glad that was a shadow and not a bruise. What you have is bad enough.

    • Tommie October 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      I tried to avoid the shadow but without the kitchen light’s behaving, it was impossible.

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