The Return Of The One-Legged Blogger

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let you know I am still here. I am sorry if I worried anyone by my sudden disappearance. I had an accident and was in hospital for 2 weeks. I fell off a wall (6 foot drop.) The reason I fell off the wall was that it was crumbling and I didn’t realise. I got lots of scrapes and bumps from the fall but the real damage was done when I landed on a piece of sandstone sticking up like a spear that had fallen off the crumbling wall.

The sandstone pierced through my right shin right down to the bone. It was like a scene from a horror movie. I landed on the ground on my right side all disoriented, thinking: ‘Oh great, I’ve got concussion’ and when I straightened myself up saw the sandstone sticking out of my leg and nearly fainted.

Then an unbelievable and very grisly thing happened – I pulled the sandstone out of my leg and walked home. I think I was in shock because I felt no pain at all.

My husband took me to the ER and I thought they’d just be able to stitch my leg up but it was so deep they needed to operate and do a skin graft. I was in hospital for 12 days. Boy, do I have some stories to tell you.

The good news is I am home now and in about a month will be completely healed. I will have no permanent damage but will have a permanent indentation in my leg. A small price to pay I think – I could have landed on my head.

Anyway, I am sorry if I worried any of you. My son left a comment on Twitter and tried to follow it up here but in my addled state I couldn’t remember my password and he couldn’t find the book I have all the passwords written in.

Hope you have all been well. I have missed you and look forward to catching up with you soon.

Much love.

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75 thoughts on “The Return Of The One-Legged Blogger

    1. I’m feeling a lot better today. I have a community nurse who is coming round who is an absolute hoot. We have such a laugh. She reckons in two weeks I’ll be completely fine. Amazing how quickly the body heals!

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  1. Oh no, Selma – what an nasty thing to happen! Gabe had let me know about your son’s Twitter message but the title of this post gave me a shock, to say the least. Whew, but so glad to hear that you are still in one piece. Hope that you are completely recovered soon. bb xx

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    1. It is a bit shocking, I know Bluebee. You know how I lean towards the dramatic. Sorry about that. I’m walking with crutches at the moment so there is a one-legged thing going on. It has made me realise how I took my mobility for granted. It won’t be long, however, until I’m back to my old self. I hope!

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  2. goodness gracious, i’m thankful that you are all right! you and humpty dumpty, have something in common now, falling off of walls, but at least all the kings horses and all the kings men did put you back together again.
    wishing you a speedy recovery, stay well, many hugs(((((you)))))

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    1. I know exactly how old Humpty felt. Haha. I must stay away from walls in future. I still can’t believe I did it. I’ve been walking on that wall for years….

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  3. I feel your pain, Selma. I walked of a curb in late April and broke my left ankle in 3 places. I also broke my right foot. I’ve had surgery, spent weeks in the hospital, and am still doing physical therapy.

    It’s amazing how fast these accidents happen, how much damage you can do to yourself, and what it takes to recover. I’m so glad you didn’t fall on your head and that you are healing up well. Be careful with yourself!

    Sagacious Woman

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    1. That sounds awful, Barbara. It must have been extremely painful and does just show you how easily these things can happen. They do happen really quickly. As I was falling I was barely aware it was happening. I am so glad you’re getting better. I wish a continued recovery for both of us xx

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    1. So sorry to worry you, Kate. It was hard to get things together with the shock of the accident. The boys found it hard enough to figure out how to use the washing machine let alone do a blog post. I think I’ll need to retrain them. Hahaha.

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  4. And here I thought you were out enjoying some lovely springtime weather. Oh, Selma, I’m so glad you’re ok…now, anyway. I’m very thankful that you did not indent your head. Take gentle care of yourself, dear friend and I can’t wait to hear your stories.

    I’ve missed you a bunch (and I still wish you’d been out having a lovely spring instead of being injured).

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Karen. I do count myself lucky. I saw some horrible scenes in hospital. It has changed my perspective for good. I will never take anything for granted again. I’ve missed you too. So much….

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  5. Probably the worst thing about being in hospital for any length of time is that you’re so out of touch … no Internet, and even phone only if you’re prepared to pay an extortionate price for it.

    A neighbour recently lost a leg to thrombosis … he was in hosptial for six weeks, and says he felt so impotent without access to his blog and social media … he said:

    ‘I felt like a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest!’

    We’re still laughing about that one.

    Big hug; glad you’re all right!

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    1. So sorry to hear about your neighbour. That is awful. Amazing that he has held on to his sense of humour. You do lose touch with things in hospital. I had no idea even what the weather was like outside. It’s like being in a weird alternate universe. Thanks for the hug πŸ˜€

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  6. Crikey, that sounds awful, and scary. I’m so glad you’re okay Selma …
    I am wonderfing what you were doing up on a 6ft wall though? … was it a chimney shot? ;o)
    No seriously, I’m so glad you’re alright and am sending you lots of love xxx

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    1. Deborah, I walk along that wall all the time when I go on my walks and have never even stumbled on it. I don’t know what happened. I just lost my balance. It was a freakish thing. Thank you for your warm wishes!!

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  7. Hi Selma,
    I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Travelrat was kind enough to let me know that you were in hospital, he seen the twitter from your son.

    What an awful experience, it sounds like you were somewhere a bit isolated seeing as how to had to walk home, obviously no one around to help. I get a shiver up my back just thinking about you pulling that piece out of your leg.
    2 weeks is a long time to be in hospital, but at least now you are home, and have people around you that love you and will help you with the healing process. It’s nice to see you back. πŸ™‚

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    1. It was kind of strange that there was no one around as there usually are some kinds of passersby, but I’m just glad I made it home. It was a surreal experience. I am so grateful for your kind wishes. Thanks, Mags!

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  8. I thought the same thing as Deborah, was it a chimney pot shot your were tryin for?? lol I’m so glad you’re ok though. Can’t wait to hear the hospital stories, ya ever notice that hospitals and Walmrts have the same type of people??? πŸ˜‰

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  9. You don’t suppose it was that crow do ya? He did look pretty mean and it was only a couple days after that you got injured…don’t look any more crows in the eye woman!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. I reckon it was the crow, Cathy. He hexed me. Hahaha. I think it’s funny both you and Deborah thought I was after a chimney pot shot. That is a classic. Thank goodness I didn’t have my camera with me – it would have been smashed up. That would have upset me more than my leg being smashed up. I am cracking up about the connection between hospitals and Walmart. You are so right πŸ˜‰

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  10. Very glad that you are ok Selma. I had an awful leg injury as a child and still remember seeing the wound like it was yesterday.

    I hope your month recovery goes well.

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    1. It does give you a shock when you see it, Slamdunk. No one likes to see a chunk taken out of themselves. I am feeling much better already. Thank you!

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  11. I’m glad to hear you’re alright, and you make me giggle. “Could’ve been my head…” Way to keep that optimism bright! πŸ˜€ Do everything your doctor tells you and mend well and complete – we love you. β™₯

    Can’t wait to hear the stories you have to tell. And please – WHY were you on a wall???

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    1. Truth be told, Aine, I was on the wall because I was looking for a baby possum. I can’t believe I fell off. I still feel like an idiot. I have so many stories to tell. Love you too!

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  12. I’m so glad you’re OK, Selma. I was worried too. It is funny, I don’t know whether it is the shock or what, but one sometimes doesn’t feel the pain for quite a while at first. Anyway, rather the shin than the head – right! πŸ˜€

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    1. Definitely rather the shin than the head, Adeeyoyo. I really haven’t been in much pain at all. It could have been so much worse. I was very fortunate.

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  13. it does sound like a movie scene, a bit scary but glad you’re doing well. I wouldn’t have done so well in your place. hope you’ll be up and about real soon.

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    1. I felt like I was in a movie, Lissa. It was an unreal experience. I didn’t really feel like it was happening to me. Very strange. I am sure things will be back to normal soon!

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  14. Permanent dent in your shin!!! In that case do not contact me ever again. I need you to be perfect!
    And….Did your mother never tell you: “Keep away from the edge!!”
    XX

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    1. Hahaha. I will need to strive for a perfect mind instead. Or at the very least a perfect driving record. Har har. I will keep away from the edge from now on XX

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    1. Oh, me too, Meleah. It could have been so much worse. I was actually very lucky. Thank God I only damaged my leg. I still shake a bit thinking about my lucky escape!

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  15. Hey you, I have been checking here almost daily awaiting your return. I am so very sorry to hear what happened, I’m sure it was scary and yes, you must have been in shock at the time. I wish for you, Sweet Selma, a full recovery ~ screw the scars, you’ll still walk proud!

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    1. Awww, Susan. You are just lovely. I am so terribly sorry I worried you. Your kindness is just wonderful. I don’t mind about scars at all. Certainly makes for some interesting tales. Thank you so much for your concern!

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  16. You scared the crap outta all of us. I missed you a whole bloody hell but I am so sorry that you had to have all that pain and trouble. I hope you heal well real soon and are back to 100%. Feel better babe, you are too precious to us for anything bad to happen again.
    I missed you a whole lot. It felt unnatural with all the Selma silence.
    1 million kisses and hugs.

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      1. I’m the ultimate sweetheart! oooo I love that. I’m gonna use that as my wrestling persona.
        “And from parts unknown and the depths of your heart & your mushy dreams, he is the defending & 10 times heavyweight champion of the world – THE ULTIMATE SWEETHEART”

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  17. Oh my god!! That’s awful. But it all does go a bit odd when such things happen, I can understand that pulling out the sandstone. But OMG! I’m so sorry Selma. Get well soon.

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    1. It was one of those graphic, gross moments you can’t believe is happening. Ewww is really the only way to describe it. I have a newfound respect for emergency doctors. How do they deal with all that blood and guts? I really appreciate your kind wishes!

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  18. Oh crikey! You don’t do anything by halves, Selma. Well, I suppose you did only puncture one leg. Dear me. I’m so glad you are now recovering and that there will be no lasting damage. What exactly were you doing on the wall in the first place? Was it worth it? Please stay off walls from now on.

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    1. You know me, Gina – all the way. Hahaha. And you are right – it could have been both legs. Don’t know how I would have made it to the loo then. I will stay away from walls in future – even when I am looking for baby possums….

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  19. Hi Selma, Remember me? I’m so sorry that you were hurt! I hope you have a very speedy healing.Much Love and Prayers sent,
    your ol’ pal, “Lisa Nanette Allender”, here, saying check in on my blog, or “Google” my full name, in quotation marks, to reach my Facebook page, which I have marked “Open”, (even to non-Facebook users), so you may see a Preview-Trailer of “Unspoken Words”, an interview from our Premiere night, ands a few pics from the World Premiere.
    Be well, and i”ll check back with you soon, Selma.

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    1. Of course I remember you, Lisa. So nice of you to stop by. I appreciate your love and prayers and will definitely stop by your Facebook page soon. Thank you.

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  20. Wow is all I can say! I am just glad that you are OK, you had me really worried there. I am sending the biggest hug ever. What were you doing at that wall? And can you please stay away from them from now on. Keep safe! Glad it wasn’t worse, although from the sounds of it, it was pretty bad. Get well soon!
    xoxoxox

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    1. I am feeling a lot better now, Tball although I am still getting around on crutches. I actually like it although the temptation to lapse into pirate speak is very strong. Ahhaaarrrrr!

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  21. Oh my, what an awful experience! So glad you’ll be good as new, and the leg dent will be a badge of honour, amongst others in a life well lived.

    Take care of yourself. You sound good! I’m glad you’re back.
    Xoxo

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    1. The doctors and nurses at my local hospital were fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for better care. They really aided my recovery. Thanks, Rachel!!

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  22. Sel, I’m just so relieved you’re okay. I know what it’s like to have a severe physical injury, and have the adrenaline rushing through you so you don’t realize how severe it is. You poor thing. Be sure to eventually share your hospital stories with us. My guess is there’s quite a bit of fodder there for a tale or two… πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    1. It’s quite incredible, Steph, when that combination of adrenaline and shock hits you that you don’t feel anything. Very odd sensation. I have so many stories, Steph. People do chat in hospital – there’s not much else to do. Some people have been through so much. It has put my life in perspective, I can tell you.

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  23. You can’t fool me. I know you’re secretly that super-heroine, the Aussie Avenger, and you got injured while you were locked in mortal combat with your arch-foe, the villain known as Doctor Demento! Don’t worry! You’re secret is safe with me!

    (In all seriousness, I’m glad you’re okay. Please don’t go beating up anymore walls for a while.)

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    1. BUSTED!!!! I can’t hide anything from you, can I? Doctor Demento was trying to take over the world – again. I had to stop him even if it meant personal injury. He got me with his crushing molecule splitter mid judo kick. He ripped apart my leg and my favourite cape. I won’t rest until I finish him. Hahaha.

      I promise not to beat up any more walls….

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  24. OMG! It really is like a scene from one of your Zombie horror stories! Shock is like that. It can make people walk pain-free with a tree-limb sticking out of their head. So glad it wasn’t worse, because in one of your stories it would have been worse. You are so lucky you got home before passing out. Dear, dear Selma! Get well soon.

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    1. Zombies were the only thing missing from the horrible scene, Squirrel. It did occur to me at the time that it was like one of my stories. It was funny and unnerving at the same time because I did think there was a possibility of a not so happy ending. I felt like a storybook character come to life. Think I’ll stick to writing romances from now on πŸ˜†

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