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Has Mercury gone retrograde yet?

I had an exceedingly exciting day.
Large portions of it went unquestionably well.
I spent several hours bonding with smallfolk while we played pretend cooking (with intermittend episodes of actual baby vomit). I love pretend games, I hugely enjoy them. So it was fun for me and the kiddies both and I left feeling physically knackered but emotionally uplifted.

And it all started going downhill from there.
My hand was tired from all the lifting of baby so that when I reached for a glass of juice my hand shook and I managed to spill the juice all over myself, the person next to me and the floor. It did make a terrific splash though, and as I engaged in recriminations and self-hatred people soothed me and helped me clean up.

So far so good you might think.
And then I headed home which is normally a happy event, and somewhere en route a car speeding out of the side street went into the side of my bus.
The bus braked and the car braked, but neither of them did it quite in time and it all happened in a split second anyway and the impact hurled me headlong out of my seat.
My right hand and right knee broke the fall and absorbed the brunt, and I was a bit dazed and confused and pumped full of adrenaline so that I felt no pain. In fact as soon as I established that I could in fact walk and move, and that all my limbs were still attached to me the most logical course of action seemed to be to walk off the bus and catch another one as I was meant to be meeting tjej for drinks.

I don't think anyone was too badly hurt certainly there was no blood and guts swimming around on the scene, which is always an ecnouraging sign. It was all very exciting because the bus driver walked out to have some heated words with the car driver, and no one seemed to intend to go anywhere in a hurrry so I decided to make myself scarce. At first it didn't hrut to walk, and by the time it did I was already on the next transport which happily enough drove unassaulted.

Words like *Casualty* crossed my mind briefly, but the Glass Bar seemed a much better choice of destination, and alcohol a preferrable use of my time to waiting in the A&E for hours. And as the adrenaline began to wear off I productively spent the rest of the destination alternatively shaking, laughing, and crying hysterically much to the entertainment of other passangers I'm sure.

I don't think anything is broken, even though my body hurts (but not as much as before I had wine). Knee is bruised, hip and back are stiff and the right wrist seems to have taken the worst of the damage because it's stiff and aching, and has a very limited ROM. I doubt anything is fractured though, just probably a bad sprain. The wrist seems next to useless though. On its own it doesn't hurt too much, but if I try to move it or let it hold any weight then it screams like all the hounds of hell.

The casualty of all this will be my NaNo I fear. It's up to 47 and something k, but I genuinely doubt I will be able to push it past the finish line now as my wrist is out of action and typing one handed is just too slow and torturous (although frankly so's everything without the use of the right hand)

And now for a hot bath and co-codamol.


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Nov. 29th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Nip to the local clinic, eh? My mother was just a 'little sore' and as it turned out, she had a broken wrist. Plus, you should sue the buggers -_^
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:43 am (UTC)
My mother was just a 'little sore' and as it turned out, she had a broken wrist.

Eeep! I hope there was no lasting damage done...

Plus, you should sue the buggers -_^
I could supplement my measly salary with litigation!
Dec. 1st, 2004 04:27 am (UTC)
Well, the lasting damamge is the break, those things never quite get right afterwards o_0
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
Ow ow ow. Sympathy.

Mercury's certainly gone retrograde in my house. :(
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC)
What does Mercury going retrograde mean (astrologically, I know what it means astronomically (I can’t have just made that word up, but it looks so wrong and I can’t pronounce it)), and does it tend to happen in November? (I’d blame this sort of thing on November.)

*waves tea and sympathy at Nina*
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
Astrologically when a planet goes retrograde then you may expect to see disturbances in the things that planet rules, e.g. with Mercury Retrograde what tends to happen is havoc (in a series of small mishaps)gets wreaked with machinery, travel and communications.

Letters got lost in the post, phone messages sent to the wrong people, faxes break down and eat up all your paper, your printer loses all your work and cars and buses collide...and all this happens to one much more than usual.
Nov. 30th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC)
So not the best time to be having teeth extracted, then? Eek!
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
V sorry to hear of your evening's trauma. Sympathy and virtual cups of tea for the shock.

As I sought advice from my sister the doctor on my small injuries, I shall pass it on. Feel around all the boney bits - if anything's broken it really will hurt like blue hell when you press it. If you're not sure, wait a few days and if it's getting worse, see a doctor. Otherwise take paracetamol for the pain and ibuprofen to bring down any swelling (yes, you can take both together) and strap up or tubigrip any bits that feel more comfortable that way, but don't if not.

On happier note, I must tell you that you have an admirer. A friend of mine who hangs around anonymously making dry and witty comments on my lj, leaning up against the bar and twirling his olive in his digital vodka-martini, if you will, recently expressed his growing admiration for your works and personage. Not in a creepy way, I assure you. He is just wowed by your sexy aura and your french poetry. So, I hope you will be flattered (and he won't kill me) when I say that a rather well-off, genius violinist with a house in the country, has mentioned that you are a perfect woman.
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:12 am (UTC)
Not her only admirer… *sighs dreamily*
Nov. 30th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
Well thank you, whoever you are. :)
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:30 am (UTC)
Thank you for the advice and the tea and the sympathy (the longer I live in england the more I think they are an unbeatable combination. Yugs are more likely to offer local firewaters with their sympathy and tea is just kinder on the digestive system).

So, I hope you will be flattered (and he won't kill me) when I say that a rather well-off, genius violinist with a house in the country, has mentioned that you are a perfect woman.

Hurray! Very flattered and cheered. :D
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
not quite retrograde yet!! but sorry to hear it - take care.
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Although mzwyndi mentioned that she thinks the effects of a planet are often worse just before it goes retrograde, which I shall keep in mind and follow up.
Is it something you've noticed?
Nov. 30th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
i've definitely noticed effects before the period actually starts - but when commenting here wasn't in remembering mode. when it comes time to station, the energy is very strong...like someone staring at you in the midst of lots of people swarming here and there.
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Nov. 30th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)

And gives me a chance to use "dodgy" in a sentence.

Hurrah! :D
Nov. 29th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
What, don't you have any ambulance chasers over there? Is that a uniquely 'Merkin phenomenon?

Sue! Sue, I tell ya!

Seriously, think about getting yourself checked out. Soft tissue injuries can take a while to appear. My boss was in a car accident, walked away just fine afterwards, then *months* later developed all kinds of problems requiring physical therapy.

But if I'd been in your situation, I'dv'e been thinking about drinks with friends, too.
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:49 am (UTC)
What are ambulance chasers?
We may have them, I've just never heard of them.

I think I will need to go see my osteopath because the impact has exacerbated an old lower back injury I have and it hurts to walk. ALthough on a positve note I don't expect I'll be doing very much lifting at work in days to come.

and on a different note:
Hurray! You're alive!
I was reflecting yestreve that it's been a while since you last posted here and that I ought to send you emails to see what you've been up to.
Do you like Mr. Norrell & Jonathan strange?
Nov. 30th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
Ambulance Chasers
are people parasites who follow medical emergency vehicles and offer services to the lucky recipients of whatever accident said vehicle is attending. These services include will writing, funeral arrangements, no win no fee litigation, journalists short of column inches and fans of the film Crash.

Love your lj and hope injury will not stop you posting. To clarify I do not play the violin but know a man who does.
Nov. 30th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
*waves hello*
Ooooh, another intersting LJer emerges from woodwork!
I've friended you as I liked yer journal and thought since I've already absonded verlaine's friends, I may as well continue this trend with miss_newham's.

Re: ambulance chasers, there weren't any on the scene by the time I vacated it, which is probably a good thing as I would have been hard pressed to resist the temptation to spit upon their louthsome countenances.
Nov. 30th, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
Best to get checked out, do you have an NHS walk-in centre anywhere near you, the queues are usually small.

And now for a hot bath and co-codamol.

That just sounds good...
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
Best to get checked out, do you have an NHS walk-in centre anywhere near you, the queues are usually small.

I think the closest one to me is in Soho, which is not that close. But there may be a minor injuries unit in St. Charles Hospital which is not unthinkably far from where I work, so I intend to go there if things haven't improved by the end of the day. :)

Bath and co-codamol are good, almost as good for the system as Tube Walks...
Nov. 30th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
Ouch! I'm sorry that happened, and I hope you're feeling better now.

I agree with the others that getting it looked at is worth it, even if just for reassurance. I once walked around for three weeks with a broken elbow because it "didn't hurt that bad" and "well, I can still move it somewhat". You don't want to fool around.

gui (off soapbox now)
Dec. 1st, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
ouch! I hope the passage of time hasn't revealed further damage.

I worry that a similar incident on my usual form of transport would have more serious consequences. It's happened a couple of times, but I have a full complement of limbs as yet...
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