April 25, 2010

Not Dead

I'm not dead. All though I have been feeling kind of miserable lately.
A couple of weeks ago I was balanced on the edge of the tub leaning in to wash my hair when my knees came out from under me and I slipped. I came down rather hard with my hands inside the tub and my legs outside; straddling the ledge with my rib cage. At the time I considered myself very lucky. I could have broken a rib, or worse, cracked one. I didn't go to the doctor because I knew all they would do was take some x-rays, wrap my ribs and charge me $500.00. I figured I may as well save myself some money.
What I should have done was take some of the money I was saving and sprung for some Tylenol and a large Ace bandage and wrapped my own ribs. I can't believe how much pain I have been in for the past couple of weeks. Last night after I got off work we ran and got a bandage. I almost feel like a new man. Even though I'm still sore as hell, it has improved my quality of life tenfold.
I still don't know whether I have a cracked or broken rib(s). It seems to be a moot point now. I do know that I'll be keeping this Ace bandage close by for a while.

In other news, just before my bathroom plunge we went to San Francisco for a few days. The weather was slightly warmer and I would go as far as saying that it was perfect travelling weather. We dined everyday on the Wharf and spent a great deal of time visiting the street vendors (we didn't buy much) and riding the trolley cars and BART system. The girls played on the beach and even though the water was still freezing, they lied and said it wasn't just for a chance to get wet.
We took them to the Exploratorium which is located at the Palace for Fine Arts and checked out the giant science museum. If you have kids or you are an adult who just likes science, it is a neat place to check out. It is also free to the public on the first Wednesday of every month. We went to Alcatraz and that was really cool. The girls were pretty fascinated with the history of the place and the stories. I got to listen to one of the curators tell the story of the Birdman.
There were about a thousand things I wanted to do but didn't have time. I wished we'd gone to the Aquarium. I wished I'd have taken more pictures. I wished I had eaten a lobster tail. I wish I'd crossed the Golden Gate bridge. I guess we will just have to go back.

Travelling with the girls is always a fun thing. Once they loosened up and they have no place to go, conversations between them get more relaxed and you learn a little about them. One argument went like this:
"I'm making your heart beat."
"No you're not!"
"Yes, I am. You can hear it can't you?"
"You're not making my heart beat!"
"Am, too."
"Am, not,"
"See, there it goes again."
"Mom, Jeni say's she's making my heart beat..."

After the California border we stopped at the agriculture check point where they asked us about fruits and vegetables. They questioned us and then had us open our trunk. The oldest yells: "Is this because we're black?"
"Jen! We don't talk like that," my wife says.
"Is this because we're people of different color?"
"Move along." The trooper said.

I also started another blog because I have nothing better to do. It is mostly like a photo journal and there are supposed to be poems and stuff. Even though I haven't written one or expect to. I just figured I'd say I could in case I did. It's called Reflections and it's on my side bar or you can hit This link.

In all, Spring break was nice. The kids were a blast. And the rib thing sucked but I will survive. There is also a sidebar to see other pictures on my photo post.
Take good care. I have been moving slow and reading most of your blogs. Sorry I don't always comment. I get tired a lot these days.
I will leave you with some pictures of San Francisco.

Fisherman's Wharf 


San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

The Bay Bridge

Pier 39
(50 feet above sea level)

Something for Kreg

Walmart Delivery

Some Street

Home of Monk


Laoch of Chicago said...

You should go to one of the minute clinics at a Walgreen or a Cvs. Having someone properly bandage your ribs will make a big difference in your day to day quality of your life.

Nice photos.

Indigo said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip and Spring Break minus the ribs. I would of recommended the ace bandage had I know. I've had so many instances of bruises and cracked ribs it's not even funny. I know how badly it hurts. The hardest part is getting comfortable enough to sleep and not hurt more. Thinking about you dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Wrapping my ribs was something I shouldn't have put off. I just kept waiting for them to start feeling better. Big mistake.

The girls loved it. Lois and I were also excited about the whole trip. When we came out of Reno going over the Sierra Nevada mountain range through Donner Pass it was snowing like crazy. We even bought snow chains because the hotel we were staying at had a weather advisory report saying chains were mandatory. Now that I think about it, they sent us to the place we purchased our chains.
I am anxious for school to get out so we can go back to Yellowstone and take more pictures of bears.

charlotte said...

Hi. Sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment on my post:


I use photoshop. First use a tripod to take a series of photos in the same space with the person moving around. Then open them in photoshop and layer them together. Its pretty easy once you work it out. Good luck.

*mary* said...

Beaux! So glad you guys had a fun trip. I'm sorry your ribs are hurting. I've never experienced that but it sounds awful. I love the pics. i saw some on Lo's blog, too.

And of course every one of the conversations you post from your daughters are entertaining. *Almost* makes me want to have another baby so Violet can have a sibling to banter with like that.

Take care and I hope you are feeling better soon, friend!

Laura Hegfield said...

I'm sorry it's taken me a while to stop by. I'm so sorry to hear about your nasty bathtub adventure. OUCH. It still might be worth a looksee from the doc...but I understand totally your decision not to go. I'm the same way any more about any thing that I deem an unnecessary visit. And yet being more comfortable will go a long way to easing some of your tiredness...pain is exhausting, and you have enough other stuff going on to make you tired!!!

Your girls conversations in the back seat remind me of my girls when they were younger. (ok, even now at 13 and 16 some interesting comments get passed back and forth on long car rides!)

feel better my friend,

Mildred Ratched said...

I'm so sorry to read that you hurt yourself. Geez...it makes me hurt just thinking about it! On a more pleasant note, the pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them!

Debra W said...

Oh Beaux, I do hope that you are feeling better! Broken ribs hurt so much and take quite some time to heal. Please take god care and keep moving slow!

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to San Fran! we love going up there and plan on going again this summer. Such a great town! Your story about crossing the border really cracked me up because my husband and I have so been there with our girls! Seems like they always have something to say at exactly the moment when they just need to be quiet! Whenever we drive down to San Diego, we have to cross the border patrol stop that is right on the freeway. You can imagine how my children feel about people being profiled. Not a cool thing at all! I have to remind them to keep their feelings to themselves because the individuals who work for Border patrol can sometimes get pretty bored and they have all of the time in the world to mess with you if they see fit!

Take good care.

Kimberly said...

You're black?

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Actually I'm a Yaqui Indian. My daughter is just weird. I'm pretty sure my sister is black though, so...I guess there's that. I could be black.

Krëg said...

Hey, brother, don't let The Man treat you that way! Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud!

SF is a fun town. A bit pricey for my tastes though. Sounds like you guys had fun.

Cool accordion!

Linda S. Socha said...

Ah Beaux

I am working too much and not playing enough so am behind on blogging

I have loved reading your blog comments! I love your new photo blog.The shots are great Since I once played the accordion....in another life time..I was curious about that photo...
Hope you are ok toay friend

P.S. are you on Facebook also?

ZDub said...

Love the shots of the girls, sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. I will do better, pinkie swear.

Hope your ribs are better, hugs to you all.



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