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52 apparently just wasn't enough

It looks like 2011 has figured out its days are numbered and those numbers are down in the single digits.

After holding steady at 50 items since November 23rd, my BAD list for the year gained three more entries in the past week. I was utterly furious about #52 because it put the bad items at at average of 1/week for the entire bloody year. I tried twice to drop some items to bring the total count down. Nope; every one of them earned its spot and isn't giving it up.

I suppose I should be thankful; bad things were averaging 2/week for the first two months of the year. But I'm not thankful. I'm feeling utterly battered by 2011. The evidence suggests the feeling is well founded, well grounded.

Today, the battering became more concrete. I fell coming back down the driveway from picking up the mail. The skinned knees and hands are no big deal; they wouldn't have made the list. But I also planted my right cheekbone hard into the blacktop. My first thought was that I might have broken it, I landed so very hard. At this point, I'm confident the cheekbone is fine, but am less certain about my nose. It's none too happy, mostly at the spot where the left nose cushion of my glasses slammed into it with enough force to bend the frames several degrees.

I've applied the requisite cold pack, taken a pain killer with some oomph, and reviewed various medical information online while monitoring my overall condition. Even if my nose is broken (and I don't think it is), it seems they tend to wait for the swelling to go down to decide whether they need to do anything about it. This feels like tissue damage and maybe a bruised bone. I'll be glad when it stops hurting.

So, yeah. 53. The fall is nowhere as near as bad as cancer or the numerous other health problems and deaths on this year's list. Still, it's rotten anytime and is particularly annoying when I want to be celebrating a quiet, comfortable Christmas.

At least blacktop is softer than concrete. I'm thankful for that. Thankful I was able to get up, thankful I'm not spending the night in an emergency room.

Well, not yet, anyway. I really ought to be more careful about what I write.

Onward.

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smofbabe
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh, ow! So sorry to hear this. I both sympathize and empathize, as I had the whole "glasses pushed into nose after a fall" thing happen myself. Hope you have a better result.

gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Many thanks for your good wishes. Yeah, "ow, ow, ow" is so my reaction. Well, after I backed off the invective spewing from my mouth for the first 3 minutes or so.

I'd spaced on the fall that preceded the two surgeries to get your nose working right. Eep, yes. My fingers are crossed for a plain and simple total recovery.
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madfilkentist
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Ow. I hope you'll be feeling better quick.
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!
redbird
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
May 2012 be much better.
Have a gentle *hug* and my sympathy.

And from what you said here, not spending the night in the emergency room seems like the right answer. (You never want to spend the night there, but sometimes it can be the least-bad choice; if they wouldn't decide anything about the nose and you're confident of the cheekbone, staying home seems like the right answer.)
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: May 2012 be much better.
Thank you, redbird.

The passing hours have confirmed my decision to stay home. Though it feels like it's a bit past time to reapply the cold gel pack. I'm off to do that now.

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bibliofile
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Ow! May the rest of your landings be softer this winter.

(AsyouknowBob, Yaktrax can help with wintry traction)
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Many thanks. Here's hoping all upcoming landings are the type that involve keeping my feet underneath me, doing their job as they ought.

So I've heard and read about Yaktrax, well, except for the part when I'd then step on the hall tile, or other indoor surface before taking them off. In today's fall, wintry traction wasn't at issue. The driveway is dry and clear. There's no snow or ice present. We've been having October weather this week. It helps makes up for the December weather October brought our way.
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kaeljo
Dec. 25th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Ouch! Cold packs can be wonderful when applied correctly. Glad to read it's helping. You're probably going to be very colorful in extra ways in a few days! You know I'm with you in wanting to toss 2011 out the window, with hope that the next year is much better. Hugs.
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear. It looked like I was turning colorful right away (affected area was distinctly blue-purple, in a hollow, deep, dusty grey sort of way) but now everything looks more or less normally colored. Weird.

I've been moving slowly ever since the fall, but I did bring my tree in from the garage a few minutes ago. The lights are pretty. So far, it has all of one ornament hanging from it. I'll probably add some more before going to sleep. Presuming I can find the angel for the top, of course. She has to go up there and that's best done before there are many ornaments to jostle. Then again, maybe it will remain a tree with lights and one ornament. That's okay, too.

Much love, on your birthday, and on Christmas Day, too.
lsanderson
Dec. 25th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Ouch!
If you can, take a big dose of vitamin C. It helps a lot with swelling and bruising. (I'm talking a couple of grams twice a day daily.)

Merry Christmas!
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Ouch!
Thanks for the vitamin C pointer. And a very, very Merry Merry to you as well!
maruad
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
There are easier ways to get a Roman nose.

I hope you are healed up soon and that your Xmas is a good one... and that next year is a hell of lot better than this one has been.
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
Grin. Easier maybe, but hardly as fast. "Wham! OwOwOw! Here's your new nose."

Here's to an excellent Xmas morn and happy day the whole day through.
eleyan
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
ohmyghod. Seriously hoping for a better year for you next year. Hope you'll be able to accumulate a list of at least 52 good things that happen.
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Thank you. Right now, all I know about 2012 is that it won't be 2011. Words can't begin to describe how glad I am of that.

My 2011 GOOD list stands at 35 entries. Some of them are the good aspects of things on the BAD list. Being able to *help* the friend diagnosed with terminal brain cancer was one of the year's solid entries on the good list, much as I might wish there had never been cause for me to learn about her illness 25 minutes into 2011.

Others are just plain good all on their own. Gavi starting college at Smith, just 40 miles from Toad Woods. Twinzy Toy revival plans. New York passing its same-sex marriage bill. The news that the Coen Brothers are writing a movie script focusing on Dave Van Ronk's life.

So there has been good even in this awful-beyond-words year, a year that just yesterday led a friend to observe, "2011 passed like a kidney stone."
spacecrab
Dec. 25th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
"We was having a hard time ...."

Feel better.
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for both links.

You'll be interested to know that I softly sang Ripple while riding through the dark of night from Portstewart, N. Ireland to Donaghadee. Walter drove, Madeleine dozed, and I couldn't help but sing the lyrics. It was 1989, we'd been to visit James & Peggy White so I could meet them as Walter had promised I would back in his very first letter to me a few years earlier. Ever since, I remember that night whenever I sing or hear the song. 'Tis a blessing.
history_monk
Dec. 25th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Ouch! Here's hoping for a swift recovery, and a better 2012.
gerisullivan
Dec. 25th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Many thanks. The cold gel packs are helping a lot.
voidampersand
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Take care.
gerisullivan
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
Will continue doing so. Thank you!
randy_byers
Dec. 27th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
All you have to look forward to in 2012 is the end of the world. Maybe that'll be a relief after 2011! Hope you're feeling a bit better by now.
gerisullivan
Dec. 30th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
Those predicting the end of the world scored big in 2011 by winning the Ig Nobel Mathematics Prize for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations. They now have even more of a reputation to live up to. 122112 sounds like a good excuse for a grand party to me.

Thanks; I'm definitely on the mend.

thirdworld
Dec. 27th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to you for a spectacularly good 2012, where you forget to even track the bad things... because they are so very few.

*hugs*
gerisullivan
Dec. 30th, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
Great icon!

I certainly hope this year's BAD/GOOD list is a one-off. I don't want to make a regular habit of needing it and would just as soon not compare any other years to this one, either.

Many thanks for your good wishes and hugs.
thinkum
Dec. 28th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Just seeing this now. I hope the swelling and pain have subsided somewhat by now, and that the the Bad list just stops, plain STOPS, at 53! 2011 has truly been a highly delinquent year.
gerisullivan
Dec. 30th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
2011 has truly been a highly delinquent year.

Indeed it has, but I now have the cutest little worry bird seeing me through the last few days of this year and well into whatever comes next. And a heart on a stick, too! They make me smile, smile, smile. (Sometimes while cursing the year at hand....)
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