In between bouts of throwing up, vertigo, and a massive headache, I’ve been trying to piece the events of my fall together — for my own sake. I emailed a friend who works at the gym to ask if my fall was witnessed. Did I lose consciousness? Did I tumble?
In a search for answers, my email was forwarded to the staff supervisor, who called me. It seems that she (Sue) was the staff member who helped me. As she relayed the information around the event, some of it came back.
The answer: The fall was witnessed by another member. I did not tumble. Nor did I appear to catch my foot or trip. I just fell. I did not lose consciousness.
Apparently, when Sue was assisting me, I denied hitting my head. I stated that my head didn’t hurt when it was palpated. I said that I embarrassed and fell because I was lost in thoughts around my husband’s passing. They gave me orange juice, some water, and bandaged my pinkie finger because it was bleeding. When I got on the phone with Lil Sis and began crying, Sue left me to allow me some privacy. She’d already been with me for 15 minutes.
Sue felt horrible to find out that I’d had a concussion after all.
My quest for answers was not a complete loss. I actually dreamed about my fall. One could look at it as a nightmare I suppose. Although I don’t know if it is the truth, the dream served as the most logical explanation for my injuries.
In my dream, I’d already fallen. Right away, I tried to get up. My hands were in the front section of the treadmill (where the belt is covered). But when I lifted my body, my head hit the control panel above. I fell back onto my right thigh. The back of my lower leg immediately caught the belt and I was whipped around. I banged the left side of my head on the side bar as I road the belt to the end.
I don’t know if it’s an accurate account, but it’s all I’ve got.
Hugs! I hope you’re feeling better soon!!
Blech! The devil is in the details. I hope you are feeling better this evening!!
I’ve been getting more and more worried about you as your injuries keep changing and appearing. I am really glad you’re taking care of yourself. Please stay safe and healthy.
Ow, ow and more ow. I’m glad you are not throwing up any more. I was really worried and wanted to call but I didn’t want to risk waking you up.
ps – I don’t think you could come up with that sort of reconstruction in a dream. It would be way more weird than that. I’m guessing that’s pretty much how it happened. And may I just say, once again, OW!? Not nice.
Vince A. says
Hope it passes with a good night sleep.
I’m heading out to the Y for a workout and progression run. Maybe I’ll run the road tonight instead…. :(
Take care and feel better soon!
yikes. HOpe you start feeling better
It’s sometimes hard to remember exactly what happened, especially when it happened so fast. Take care of yourself. I hope you feel better quickly.
I’m glad you’re recovering, glad you went to the docs, albeit belatedly.
be aware that you may have some lingering concussion symptoms for a while — but they will subside.
you’ve totally topped my falling down on the treadmill story — I just dislocated my shoulder, getting on the damn machine (the woman who got off it didn’t turn it off, and somehow I didn’t notice the belt going…) not quite the title you were looking for, eh?
take care of yourself. be gentle with yourself too.
p.s. your dream reconstruction sounds entirely plausible, and the concussion may be as much due to whipping your head around suddenly as to an actual impact.
Jules, glad to know the real story. Feel better soon!
Gosh. It’s painful to read. I hope you can take the time to recover at the pace your body needs.
good lord. now another reason i hate treadmills. you DO have good neighbors and thank god you didn’t have to go to the er. hope you’re back in biz soon.
now that it’s been a couple more days, how are you feeling?
oh my Juls. I’m just catching up on some reading. Take the concussion seriously – Michael had one from his crash back in October and had issues for nearly a month after. Be careful!
I hope you get some relief from your injuries soon! :<(