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post #11 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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It was weird. A wild wind came up suddenly through the trees and made one of the strangest sounds I have ever heard--like a thousand snakes in a barrel. I felt her go instantly, and I made for an emergency stop, but she already had bolted like wild off the trail and into the trees and in a split second the branch had knocked me off. (And this girl usually goes along as dreamily and slow as the parson's mare.) It took me so long to recover my breath I actually wondered if I had died and that this was what it was like. Then I got a breath and Sassy came back. I was so completely in shock that I didn't feel pain for a while, and I stood up and walked under my own power to the barn, though I knew I had broken ribs (heard them go when I hit). I did end up going to the hosptial in an ambulance, but I was on my feet when they got there. Drugs and my wife are my biggest aids at the moment, though it is interesting how you learn to twist and turn "around" the ribs to avoid torment. I have a choice on Monday: teach in agonizing pain or bombed out of my mind. It's literature, so maybe bombed out of my mind won't even be noticed too much. ; ) The new meds are really kicking in now, and man, they ought to put this stuff in six packs!
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post #12 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 10:19 AM
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Ouch. :( As far as teaching, I vote for bombed. Sometimes I think my literature teacher is stoned out of her mind and those make for very interesting Hamlet discussions. AlexS--I can just imagine my boyfriend's face if I called him into the bathroom.
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Glad you are OK and hope you have a speedy recovery! From one teacher to another... take a couple of days until you can reduce the pain meds dosage. You can always reinjure yourself on pain meds (stairs, etc) which is why in hospitals they won't let you walk without assistance when you are on them. Also, your body is in shock still from the trauma and needs a little time before you can get back to regular routine.
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post #14 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 01:47 PM
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LMAO!!! I know the feeling!!! Any pain meds knock me on my butt
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post #15 of 28 Old 09-26-2010, 07:44 PM
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I'm the opposite...it takes a pretty high dosage to do anything for me even of strong stuff...I don't take alot of pain meds either...*sigh*

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I am going to try to do the best I can tomorrow night teaching. I do evening classes at a local college, and a long stretch from 5pm-10pm with a half an hour break in between. Sunny, I think you are right--I am going in full of meds...Most lit and art teachers are stoned half the time anyway. ; ) On Saturday morning, I woke up with such a full-on, agonizing supersonic back spasm that I was literally paralyzed in bed, screaming in pain and a cough was like being shot with a rusty arrow. I don't need any more of that. I am allergic to narcotics (even codeine to me is what I would imagine a bad acid trip would be like), and so, if you can believe it, the hospital sent me home with just extra strength ibuprofin. I had had Tagatol in IV, but they said it didn't come in pill form. On Sat., after the back spasms continued, my wife took me to the local health care clinic, where--da dum!--I was told that Tagatol DOES come in pill form, and they gave me that and three other non-narcotic pain meds, and I am up and about. Thanks for the support, you all. That's good medicine too.
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Toratol, not Tagtol, is the name of the drug, actually, I believe. Whatever it is, thank Jesus, Buddha and Marilyn Monroe that someone invented it.
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Do what you think is best.....however Nurse Ratchet here....as my friends affectionately call me...You probably should give yourself a couple days. Pushing yourself too soon will most likely bring back the spasms, which I am sure you don't want. I will also warn you , as I am sure you know-you SHOULD NOT DRIVE with those drugs. Just NOT a good idea. and unfortunately, even have to leave yourself a couple hours extra after the last dose to be ok driving....legally. is it really worth teaching that class right now?

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In regard to the driving, fortunately, I live two blocks from my workplace and can walk, or I will get a neighbor to drive me. And yes, you are right, I should give myself a couple of days. I probably won't. I will listen and let tomorrow tell me. I do very much appreciate your concern and would give the same advise to any sane person. The problem is that we are a bunch of people who jump on the backs of 1,300 pound prey animals and try to keep them between us and the ground--how can you expect people like that to take good advise? ; ) Thanks--I really will think it over tomorrow. I have to have this drain tube out, and I will see how traumatic that is.
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happy to hear you are on the road to recovery and you didn't get hurt more seriously. Even happier to hear that you got back on. Hope you recover quickly with no more complications.

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