My name is Natalie and I suffer from poor spatial awareness. Which means I always manage to catch my hip on the side of a table, I can trip over things that are non existent and once even managed to nearly tip headfirst into a rubbish bin when I was leaning over a railing to throw some rubbish away. But until recently I had never seriously hurt myself. However on Wednesday afternoon I managed to “Klutz It Up” beautifully.
I tripped on a little pathway and fell right knee first onto some concrete. I had the wonderful slow motion feeling of this won’t be good. And then when I looked down I could see a deep gash and something white that I suspected was knee cap (it turned out to be tendon) I did the lying on the ground whimpering thing for a while. Realised that wasn’t getting results so I then hobbled along up the stairs to work. Where team Intuto came into action, got me bandaged up and off to the local medical centre. Where I was diagnosed as having a 4cm long laceration just below the knee and a small tear on the tendon.
I then discovered for myself all the benefits of living in New Zealand and having Accident Compensation. I got great care and attention, an ambulance ride, stitching and drugs without having to open my wallet once.
So is what I have learned from the experience – so you don’t have to.
- Spoodles are very cute and all, and look great in an Elf suit. But they are bloody useless when you are lying on the ground in a big heap
- Maybe if you have a Spoodle that runs away and means you have to retrieve her from a garden path, she isn’t ready to come to work. Even if she looks Uber Cute in her Elf suit
- A fully equipped first aid kit is a must at a work place (and some one who knows how to use it)
- When someone says you are fine, but is going green around the gills when saying it, maybe you aren’t fine
- Surgeons are good and all, but they do nasty stuff like pour pure alcohol into your wound to clean it. This is not a nice thing
- Spatial awareness does not improve when your leg is in a splint
- It is possible to have a bath, but first you need a bath (thanks Crowne Plaza) and someone nice who is prepared to get in the bath with you and hold your leg up. Thanks Brett.
- Although Accident Compensation was great on the day of the incident, you need to follow up straight away and get a client number etc. Because they certainly won’t be offering anything extra
- I am very glad to live in a First World Country – even with it’s problems where I get access to antibiotics, tetanus shots and first rate medical care (even if alcohol was too liberally applied and not in the way I like)
- I am actually not a complete sooky bubba. The surgeon said I was very brave – although he didn’t give me a lollypop when I asked
This is known as a Zimmer splint. I think because it always “Zims” down to the bottom of my ankle, and doesn’t stay in place
So my darlings that was my Wednesday last week. I am on the mend now, back at work, making my poor colleagues run around after me (nothing new there) and should be able to have my stitches removed on Boxing Day – all going well. I might need to book into the Crowne Plaza and have another special bath with my bath buddy to celebrate