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Mar. 13th, 2011 03:27 pm
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So, I’ve been expecting a visit from Murphy. Things have been going to well, and pattern dictates that he just had to be coming along to throw a monkey wrench into my plans soon. Except that this time, Murphy threw that monkey wrench right at my legs and tripped me but good.

Literally.

Friday, I got up and got ready for work a bit early. I didn’t have to be in to work at YC until 1pm, so I figured I’d head over early and spend an hour or so at E to check my e-mail and other online stuff, since we have wifi set up over there. I was all set to head out when I remembered that I needed to take out my trash. I had intended to do it on Thursday am, but didn’t make it before the pickup. I get out there and the freaking trash can, one of those huge city jobs, is all ready full. The day after pickup! What the hell? At any rate, I managed to wedge mine into it, but I was grumbling pretty damn hard about it on the way back across the yard to my place.

I still don’t know what tripped me. I think I stepped on something and it rolled under my foot. All I know is I was walking fine, and then suddenly I was doing the Don’t Fall! Don’t Fall! Stumble! Stumble! Dance. I could not get my balance back, and I went down hard, back of left hand, palm of right, left shoulder- and my left temple/browridge.

Right on the concrete patio.

My glasses wound up a good two feet from me. I did not lose consciousness, but it took me a minute or two to take stock of myself and get myself up. I could tell I’d skinned my hands up good, and my temple was stinging. I thought I could feel a bit of blood, but thought I’d just skinned my temple as well. Got up and grabbed my glasses, then cussed a blue streak. They were broken. Not the lenses, but the frames. I managed to completely flatten one side out so that the left leg was straight out from the lenses. I just got new lenses back in the fall of 2009, and these were still in good shape. I was pretty sure the frames were toast, and could only hope I could have the lenses fitted into new frames.

I’m thinking all of this while I’m carefully heading back to my place. I knew I needed to wash my hands and check my face, and wanted to see if I could figure out if I could make my glasses functional enough for driving. As I was fumbling with my keys, I saw a big flat blood drop fall to the ground. Then another.

Oh shit.
See, I can handle most things. But the idea of stitches scares the ever-lovin’ crap out of me. I have never had stitches (except for oral surgery) and just imagining that I might have to have them nearly sent me into a panic attack.

Upshot was, once I was cleaned up was that I wasn’t actually hurt that bad. I had a couple of half inch long gashes in my eyebrow, not worth a doctor trip, and a lovely case of roadrash on my cheek. So I got cleaned up, called [livejournal.com profile] ravynfyre to get her opinion on if I needed to get checked for a concussion. I wasn’t showing any symptoms, so I decided not to go in. I strongly suspected I was going to have to have new glasses, and I could only just barely pay for those with what I had on hand. Since, of course, I had gone and bought things like groceries and cat food the night before.

I wound up having to take a sick day to deal with my glasses, because not only were the glasses not repairable, and the lenses not salvageable, I had to have a new exam because a) my prescription was out of date and b) the Wal-Mart folks aren’t on my vision plan anyway. I really, really wish I could have managed to hold out a week on the glasses, but I could barely get them to sit on my face so that I could actually see properly through them, and the left lens was popping in and out randomly.

I am very, very glad I pay the extra two bucks a paycheck for vision insurance. Visit, lenses, and frames together cost me $223 out of pocket, versus what would have been over $500 total. Most of that was my lenses- I have to have non-standard lenses for various reasons, and was lucky that Lenscrafters even had them in stock. My frames only cost me $69, because my insurance paid $100 toward them. I could maybe have gone with a cheaper frame; however, $169 was pretty much the cheapest price point they had that wasn’t in the “bargain” $99 frame section- and none of those suited my face at all and were frankly ugly. If I’m going to spend the money, I’m going to get something that looks good on me, especially since insurance will only pay for one pair a year.

Mrf. I remember when Lenscrafters had more affordable options. They’re mostly carrying designer frames now. Or maybe frames are all just that damn expensive now. I haven’t bought new frames in ten years.

At least I did have the money on hand to pay for them. I don’t have any money left, and the money for my car insurance won’t be there when it hits on Wed, but Progressive will resubmit it. I’m more worried about making my April rent. I need $200 a week from my pay to make sure I have enough for my next month’s rent, plus I have to come up with an extra $200 for this month’s deposit payment (it is spread over four months). I can, by living on very little, manage the rent payment before month end, just not the deposit. The only option is to get some stuff up on eBay ASAP. It wouldn’t be so bad if eBay hadn’t made it so that you can only use Turbo Lister if you’re hooked up to the internet. I can’t even create the auctions and then upload from a wifi location. It is highly frustrating. But I’ll manage. I always do.

So I’m stiff, sore, and look like I was in one hell of a fight. I need to get some work done on the house, but I can barely lift a large jar candle to shoulder height with my left arm right now, so moving boxes is out of the question. Hopefully by Monday, I’ll be better enough to actually be able to get some more work done.

Date: 2011-03-13 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wood-artist.livejournal.com
Sorry, but I'm glad it wasn't worse.

*hugs*

C

Date: 2011-03-13 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cassandra63.livejournal.com
Take care!

Date: 2011-03-13 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunatron.livejournal.com
Meep. >_

Date: 2011-03-14 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archmage.livejournal.com
Yikes, glad it all worked out, for the most part.

Date: 2011-03-16 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syrinakintari.livejournal.com
Yikes. let me know if you need anything and I will try to help in any way that I can.

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