Friday, 12 June 2020

Disaster strikes.

Well, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it was certainly a very unhappy half hour.   I made a batch of carrot, onion and sweet potato soup for my lunch - it was delicious.   Then, to follow, I thought I would try Cro's pasta with tuna, onion, red pepper and cream.   I put on the pasta, chopped up the pepper and onion into some olive oil and put that on to gently cook opened a small tin of tuna and a small tub of cream - and promptly went down with a crash on to the kitchen floor!!

I could not get up however hard I tried.   I didn't think I was hurt although I had gone down with a bang;  I shuffled over to the dining chair and tried to turn over on to my knees and get up on the chair but to no avail.   I pressed my alarm button and asked for my son to please come and help me up.  In the meantime the pasta was boiling dry and the pasta/onion mixture was beginning to burn.   The smoke alarm began to bleep.   I began to cry in a heap on the floor.   Then I pulled myself together, shuffled over to the hotplate and was able to reach up and turn both the pepper mixture and the pasta off.   At this point my son came in, hauled me up off the ground -crisis over, disaster averted.

I put on the electric blanket and went to bed for the afternoon and slept the hurt away.   It was pouring with rain when I got up this morning and it is still pouring with rain now.   On the plus side - North Yorkshire Sport left a bag hanging on my door.  It held an exercise 'strap' and a booklet of .useful exercise for me to do, a pack of tea bags, a cylinder of crayons in case I enjoyed crayoning (I don't)- all very welcome so thank you N Y Sport.  Also friend L collected my medication from the Chemist and they had kindly also included some hearing aid batteries for me.  And, finally, if any plants in the garden were really thirsty then I think we can be assured that they no longer are.   And 'my' blackbird doesn't seem too bothered by the rain - he is singing his yellow beak off.

65 comments:

Rachel Phillips said...

Next time just have a ham sandwich. I am sorry you had such a frightening half hour. All's well in the end. x

JayCee said...

Thank goodness for the alarm button. It must have been a horrible experience and I hope you are feeling recovered now.

Christina said...

This must have been such a frightening experience and I am glad to read that you were not injured. Thank goodness for having family friends nearby, and an alarm button to alert them. Wishing you a lovely weekend

Ruth said...

What an frightening experience - I'm so happy to know you didn't get hurt badly, although you must be sore. A friend once told me that falling can be a life-changing event. Thank goodness that wasn't one of them, and that you keep that alarm button with you! It does put a fright into you, though, to be ever more careful. May it never happen again.

Joan (Devon) said...

How terrible for you! Glad your son arrived quickly and that you are ok now.

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh Weave! Don't fall over! I feel for you.

Anonymous said...

I purchased an IndeeLift "human floor lift," (model HFL300) for a family member, and it works perfectly. Keep it in a convenient spot and scoot over to it if you fall. Scoot your bottom onto the platform, hold the armrests, and use the wired remote control to lift you slowly to a sitting position. It has two back wheels, so someone else also can roll it to you to use so that he or she doesn't have to lift you manually. It's a bit pricy, but I can't recommend it enough. Sharon from Nashville

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

You caught my attention with your blog post title! It must have been a big relief seeing your son come in. I'm glad he lives close to you. Good thing you took yourself to bed and rested! Now you're "right as rain". -Jenn

crafty cat corner said...

I feel for you. I am still puzzled as to why I can't get up when I am on the floor so know exactly how you felt.
It seems so simple doesn't it, just hang on to the chair and pull yourself up. It's not until you get to that stage yourself that you understand.
Good job you didn't actually hurt yourself.
Hope you are okay now.
Briony
x

Frugal in Essex said...

I have every sympathy with you. I had a problem with my back 10 years ago and it went into spasm one day and I couldn't move. I felt both useless and helpless. I hope your sleep helped.

Ursula said...

Trust Rachel to come up with a heartless comment. Ham Sandwich indeed. Sorry, Weaver, I know you don't entertain discord. Still, facts are facts.

I am so very sorry to hear about your fall. It's awful to feel helpless. Not least when in the grip of the elements (food boiling dry, fire alarm going off). My mother is about your age; luckily my father, a few years younger than her, is around to employ damage limitation.

What made you slip? A tiny spillage of olive oil or water or just fluke? Lucky you to have your son so close. I live in another country to that of my parents - on that front, they can count me out in a moment of acute crisis.

Wishing you well, you are a lovely person, and keep cooking,

Ursula

Bonnie said...

How frightening! Thank goodness you have that alarm button. I'm so glad your son could be there quickly. Please rest up and know a lot of people care about you!

Sewing mamie said...

Oh you poor thing , how lucky you have an alarm .
I all ways retire to bed if I feel unwell , by far the best thing to do .
Hope you are feeling better now .

Oklahoma Girl said...

So sorry you had such distress but so glad it wasn't worse and even though you said it was only a half hour that can seem like hours in situations like this. I'm glad you have the med alert and your son lives close. Have a good rest of the day and night and hopefully you won't be too sore tomorrow.

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gz said...

Pirate has been having some wobbly moments..if he just turns without thinking, he is in trouble...he has to think, then move, as if the mind has to give the body warning.
I don't know if that will help you..hope it may do

justjill said...

So glad you got sorted.

Sue said...

A nasty shock for you and frustrating too. I hope you feel okay tomorrow, a day of pampering and indulgence perhaps.

Heather said...

So pleased you didn't do yourself any harm and managed to turn off the cooker. You must have felt so helpless - I don't think I would be able to get up off the floor either.
We have had such heavy rain here today too. The gardeners and farmers must be delighted.
Take things gently this weekend

Brenda said...

So glad you are okay. Prayers

Ellen D. said...

I am sorry to hear about your fall, Pat. So glad you had your button to call for help. Rest and feel better! Take care!

the veg artist said...

Do you know what made you fall this time? Thank goodness you wear your alarm button the whole time. Rest and take care.

Virginia said...

Oh golly! That was a nasty accident. It sounds as if it could have been a much more serious one too! Thank goodness for your alarm, and your son’s quick response. Do you think there might have been something slippery on the floor, or did you simply loose your balance?

I’m relieved a rest in bed has set you right. May today be a much smoother ride for you.

Sandy in the USA said...

I felt so bad for you. I hope you are feeling better and not too badly shaken. So glad the alarm button worked and that your son was able to come to your aid. Sending you an e-hug even though we've never met!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful is it that you have followers around the world concerned (and relieved)
about your fall, including me in Philadelphia. So glad you’re OK. Marci

Kipper said...

Glad to hear your son could come help you back up and also that you weren’t injured! Those surprise falls are no fun at any age but especially scary when you are older and have difficulty getting up. Take care.

Joanne Noragon said...

Owch! I hope you recover quickly from the bruises.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

So very glad to hear you were not injured and that there was no fire!

Margie from Toronto said...

Oh dear, that must have given you such a fright. Glad to hear that you are doing better now and that your son was there when needed!

Cro Magnon said...

That sounds like a situation that could have ended badly, thank goodness you were able to turn that cooker off. I hope you don't have too many bruises. Very best wishes.

thelma said...

What a scary moment, I don't know what to say except talk it over with your son and think about other safety measures as well. Take care please.

Bea said...

That sounds so upsetting, Weaver. -glad to read that you were able to have your son come and help you. May your body be feeling better soon! x

Sue in Suffolk said...

What a frightening time for you and Thank goodness for your alarm button. Hope you are feeling better this morning. Take very good care Pat - sending a virtual ((hug)) from Suffolk

Jennyff said...

What a shock for you, I hope today you are feeling recovered and grateful you have measures in place for these situations. Sun is forecast today, lets hope so as all my balcony pots are sodden and battered. Now I know why we spend summers in Italy. Take care and hopefully enjoy better weather.

Jules said...

Oh, Pat. That must have been so frightening for you. I hope you're OK, other than being understandably shaken by your experience. Thank goodness you were wearing your alarm. X

Christine Hancock said...

I feel your pain of not being able to get up, it happened to me a few weeks ago and being a lot bigger than you my husband couldn't get me up. Fortunately my son lives 4 miles away so phoned him.. and I'm not afraid to say social distancing went out the window. My son talked me through shuffling myself backwards and helping by stopping my feet slipping with his feet then my husband got a low chair which I was able to hoist myself up onto and then my son held my one arm, as can't use my right arm and I was up on my feet. I did hug my son.. I am now extra careful, I think I was rushing? I hope you're fully over it now.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Prayers you feel better soon, and have no more crashes

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you Ursula for your good wishes - being in another country must mean you worry a lot about your parents as they get older. As for Rachel'ss comment - I know Rachel and also know that she meant it as a joke. We have blogged for as long as I have been blogging and she is a dear friend. She often 'tells me off' for making complicated meals when I could get the same sustenance from something so much simpler and just as nutritious. She is right of course but I like fiddling about with food.

Linda Metcalf said...

So thankful you weren't hurt . Falls are worrying.

Granny Sue said...

Oh no! A fall is always so shocking and usually painful. I had a tumble myself this week, but am so well padded that it did little harm. I hated reading how you were helpless on the floor though. What stress. I hope you are feeling better now without too many aches and pains left from your meeting with the floor.

On a happy note, I've passed on recommendations for The Chilbury Ladie's Choir, and now quite a few of my friends are reading it. Sort of a Weaver of Grass Book Club? Thanks again for the recommendation. I just finished A Time to Dance, too. An interesting read.

Carol Caldwell said...

What an awful shock for you. I am so glad that your alarm call works well and that your son was able to come to the rescue. I hope you are not too sore and bruised. Take care.

Jayview said...

I hope there are not too many dents in you or your confidence after that. I guess some of us know people for whom a fall started a bad chain of hospital and care, so it probably makes us extra wary as we age. I heard someone pointed out that you know you are old when you say “I had a fall” rather than “I fell over”

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Oh no! That sounds really frightening and distressing and no wonder you went and curled up in bed. Very best wishes. Hope you are not experiencing longer term bruises etc. from the fall. I won't say 'take care' because that is what you are doing - which is why such a fall is alarming. But I do hope all continues to be ok. And hurray for your son!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Dear Weaver, I was so sorry to read this. It must have been very upsetting. What a good thing you were able to call your son, turn off the cooker, and rest and recover! Be well!

Jennifer said...

I'm sorry Weaver! That must have been terribly frightening and upsetting. I'm glad you're okay. Take care of yourself!

Roger Fox said...

It’s scary to imagine what could happen next ... I'm glad that everything is fine, and your son was there. Take care of yourself!

Bonnie said...

Hope you get your confidence back quickly and no lingering pain from your fall.
Take it easy today!
Bonnie in Minneapolis

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you. I am not feeling too bad today although very achy and stiff, so shall not put a post on. See you all tomorrow. It is lovely here this evening. The rain has stopped and it is lovely and sunny and warm.

maureenlthompson said...

Sorry to hear you fell, a scary experience. Good you could summon help. Hope the aches and pains from the fall quickly go away. Take care sweet lady. XXXXX

Anonymous said...

Bless, a worrying and frightening time for sure. Glad you are recovering now, read you every day but don't often comment. Take care. Viv xx

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Thank Goodness you didn't break anything. Treat yourself kindly for the next few days till the stiffness wears off.

Iris said...

Rachel, everybody knows that you neither meant nor said anything heartless. Well, except for one person, I guess (see below).

ShellyC said...

So sorry you landed on the floor. I lost my balance in the garden and land head first in a flower bed. While deciding if I had broken any bones, our chocolate lab decided to come lie down next to me while I made up my mind.
What a game it was to get up, only scratches and bruises, but it does knock you sideways for a while

Sue said...

I was worried when I checked this evening from the U.S. and didn't see a new post from you. So glad to see you wrote in the comments. Hope you're feeling back to normal tomorrow!

Penny said...

Oh dear . falls are not a good idea and I think an electric blanket and bed sounds like a better one. Hope you are OK now.

The Weaver of Grass said...

ShellyC - how this made me smile - dogs are wonderful aren't they?

George said...

So sorry to hear about your fall, Pat. However, it sounds like you suffered no serious injury and are now recovering well. Take care, my friend. It's always easy to stumble, in more ways than one.

liparifam said...

Falling is THE WORST. Thank heavens for the alarm, and for good children :) Take it easy, and rest and recover. All the best from Atlanta, Georgia...

Rall said...

You need some home help. Devise a way of sitting when using the stove. Never leave anything on the stove when not in use.Take care...you are an example of self sufficiency to us all.I read you almost every day Thank you for sharing your life with us.

hart said...

So sorry about the fall, you seem to have kept you wits about you admirably.

Anonymous said...

And Three Cheers for Weave’s son, too!

DL said...

Enjoy your garden, but you can also write to your elected officials voicing your opinion and wisdom...

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