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Well, That was Dumb...

Roper went to a Cubs Game today. Since we didn't know when he'd get home we decided to run out to Red Robin for dinner.
The Red Robin is in Woodfield Mall. The mall has a kid's play are as well.
The girls got restless while we were finishing up. Roper took them over to the play area while I waited for the check.
The play area is in the center of the mall, just past a multi- leveled gathering area. I was heading down a short set of steps to the level of the play area when I missed the last step and stumbled. I flailed for a moment, decided I wasn't going to regain my balance and tucked in my right shoulder and rolled, landing flat on my back.
I quickly ascertained that no real damage was done, but sat on the floor a bit to catch my breath. Some kindly souls offered to help and asked if I needed an ambulance. I declined and thanked them, stood up and sat down on the bench in the play area. (Daddy and the girls had found me earlier.) Mall Security came over to make sure I was all right. I assured them I was just a bit shook up.
We got home uneventfully, and I am now sitting here with an ice pack on my shoulder.
I'm sure I will be stiff tomorrow, but I doubt I did any real damage.

But, boy, do I feel dumb.



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Jun. 13th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)

Definitely wise to take the fall on your terms... I find that I do myself the worst damage when I spend too much time trying not to fall and not enough time controlling _how_ I fall.

I hope you're not too stiff and sore tomorrow!
Jun. 13th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, what tollers said - you were as smart as possible under the circumstances. Taking the fall and rolling and landing decently is much better than fighting it and hurting yourself.
Jun. 13th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
Ugghh! Hope all is well today!

I sort of did something similar a couple of winters ago. I was at my aunt's house to feed her cat and though she had told me to watch out for the ice on her porch I sort of thought I would have no problems getting over it. It probably looked like some kind of silent movie prat fall - I know I was airborne and ended up landing on my butt. I was sore for a few days but no lasting damage - and probably landed on the most padded place I could :). But I do remember the consideration of stopping it and then realizing that that wasn't going to happen and just to figure out how to get though.
Jun. 13th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds pretty smart to me... the worst damage, in my extensive experience, is acquired in trying NOT to fall.

I was once on a run away wagon pulled by a team of horses... the teamster (I was the assistant teamster) told me to bail. I crawled over to the side of the wagon and looked at the ground going by at a good 40 mph... thought about trying to land on my feet... pictured both ankles breaking and decided that a modified roll would be better. I got skinned shoulders out of the deal.

The teamster didn't jump soon enough, and didn't plan on how to land... broke both wrists.

Lesson learned... if you can, plan how to fall :)
Jun. 13th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
A story, so you don't feel quite so dumb. Last Sunday I went out to feed the kitten. She's the sort who asks quite insesetly to be fed in the morning. Poor starving girl. It was about 6 am. I fed the starving kitten, and noticed that one of the crutches that we keep handy for some one to use had fallen over during the night. I went to pick it up. I missed. In stead I found my right foot inside the hollow part of the right crutch and I fell. this is how I hurt my right foot. Now I can't even use the stupid crutches , because I have no idea, when both feet are hurting "that" much which foot to use for balance. so mist of the time I'm in the green lazy boy with my feet up until my Dr figures out what I did to my Right Foot. That has to be the dumbest I hurt my foot story on the face of the planet. You at least had the sense to tuck and roll. I hope you aren't too sore in the next few days and I rally hope that if you are it doesn't mess up Duckcon.
Jun. 13th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hope that icing and warm heat and rest helps you feel better soon.

It must have been a pretty spectacular tumble for so many people to come over and ask whether you needed help. Sympathy and gentle hugs.
Jun. 13th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Eep! I thought I had done all the falling required for the extended Roper household for the next couple of years! *careful hug* I hope you aren't too sore over the next couple of days; it does sound like you landed as well as you could.
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