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...though I did think, for a long moment, that I was a goner.

This morning on my way to work, I had a little accident. Alighting from one bus, I saw my connecting bus pull up at the busstop across the road, and without thinking, or looking, dashed towards it. Then suddenly, there was another bus that had just left from another stop, which meant it thankfully didn't travel at too much speed yet...but its trajectory and my position in the road meant it couldn't avoid me altogether. All I could do was put out a hand in a vain attempt to ward off the worst of the impact. The breaking bus collided with my outstretched arm, and I was pleased to see that I was still in one piece after that. The bus driver called me a few names, but I didn't care and ran for my connecting bus which was already pulling out of the stop. That bus driver also had a few choice words to say to me, but I couldn't find it in me to feel offended -- I had, after all, been behaving quite irresponsibly.

Anyway, I thought I'd gotten away without any noticeable injury, and thanked my lucky stars for it. I continued on my way to the office, got to work, but it soon transpired I hadn't come out of the collision unscathed. My right arm and shoulder became very sore indeed, and although I couldn't see or feel anything amiss, I decided after about an hour of gritting my teeth and getting on with it that I'd really much rather have it checked out properly.

I've now come home from having my GP examine it, and it's as I thought: I've not broken anything, but I do seem to have bruised the joint capsule quite severely. She's given me painkillers and anti-inflammatories, and the advice to try and use my arm as much as possible without paying too much heed to the pain, to lessen the chance of developing a frozen shoulder. However, since I expect the pain to be a whole lot worse by tomorrow (believing that this kind of thing always tends to get worse before it gets better), I've decided not to tell Jobsworth that last bit and just take the rest of the week off. It'll give me a chance to decide what to do this Christmas.

In closing, let me tell you that the latest news concerning Joost is not good: the tumour has started to grow back again, he has now become paralysed, and yesterday afternoon when he asked them straight, his consultants have given him no more than another 12 months at the outside.


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Dec. 19th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
So sorry about the news about Joost.

I am glad though that you are still more or less in one piece - please be careful of yourself - we value you!
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Awww...you're so sweet. Thank you!
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry about your shoulder. I've done things like that before, and it's no fun.

And I'm very sorry to hear about Joost. *double hugs*
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
You've stepped out in front of a moving vehicle, too? Scary, isn't it?

I'm still unsure how I feel about Joost's taking a turn for the worse again. He's had dire prognoses before, but so far he's always proved them wrong. OTOH, I do acknowledge that the options for surgery have all been exhausted, and he's worse now than I've ever seen him before...
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm glad that you seem to be okay.
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm quite sore, but so glad I've managed to escape serious injury.
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Jesus! I exclaimed aloud, and Frank came a-runnin'. He says you "did a Superman." Please tell me you're going to be all right.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
He says you "did a Superman."

Ha! I did, didn't I? I'm sure I must have looked as if I were acting in a super hero action film...

But don't you fret about me. I'm going to be sore for a few days, but essentially, I'm going to be fine. And I'm never going to pull another stunt like that ever again, I swear!
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Dec. 19th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are okay.
I'll keep Joost in my prayers.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And Joost, I know, will appreciate knowing he has your prayers.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Puts a new perspective on saying 'you might be hit by a bus tomorrow'!

When I had my car crash on the M25, I had that long moment too. No life flashing, but a definite calm thought of 'Oh, this is how I'm going to die then'.

Poor Joost.
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
I was in a car accident too, some 10 years ago, and I remember that long long moment where you know another car is going to come through your door. You see it all happening in something like slow motion, you realise it's inevitable, and the calm that comes over you is unbelievable. I had the same experience again yesterday.

I wish I could be that calm and accepting of Joost's news. But I still want to rail against heaven for the unfairness of it all.
Dec. 20th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're okay! And I'm sorry about Joost.

Dec. 20th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
Thank you.

::hugs back::
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
Please don't try to stop a bus using only your hand *stares* this is a bad idea unless you have super powers!

Glad you are ok: )
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
Ah -- but who's to say I don't have super powers? I did stop that bus, after all! ;-)

Don't worry. I'll be more careful crossing the road in future.
Dec. 20th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Naughty you!!! Look both ways before crossing the road it's the fundamental childhood rule!!! Now look who's not smarter than a ten year old ;)

Sorry I'm in a weird mood, glad your ok!!! x
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Look both ways before crossing the road

Yes, Mum!

I now I should have done. I can't believe I didn't. But I'm so glad I'm still here to tell the tale and remind others of the importance of sticking to the rule.
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Dec. 20th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
[hugs to you] I will be thinking of you and Joost & family.
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Dec. 20th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
uh-oh .. I'm rubbish at crossing roads ...I tarry on pavements and need dragging onward ... not by you though!

thoughts for Joost :( x

Dec. 21st, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for keeping Joost in your thoughts.
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