Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The end.

I'm going to start at the end of our Columbus Day weekend. After you have heard my story you will understand why. We were up Monday morning around 7 as usual. We needed to be packed up and out of our cabin by 11, then we were going to meet some family for a picnic at a pavilion. As usual, I grabbed the teakettle and went across the road to get water while Chris added wood to the wood stove. As you can see, we had a tree right in front of the cabin. I had been very careful walking over the tree roots all weekend. I guess I wasn't so careful Monday morning because I started to stumble. Next thing I knew I was on the ground. The kids said I screamed but I don't remember. All I remember is feeling a space in my mouth. I had knocked out a tooth! Chris and Laurie were afraid to get me up at first but I didn't hurt anywhere but my mouth which was bleeding profusely. Apparently, I hit between my nose and mouth on the handle of the kettle and broke it off. Laurie put my shoe back on and they got me up. I laid on the bed and held ice to my face and a paper towel in my mouth while the kids packed up all our stuff and filled my car. Just before we left the bleeding stopped. Laurie drove me home and called my dentist. They got me right in to a periodontist hoping for an implant. I apologized for smelling of wood smoke and being muddy. I didn't tell them I only had my pj's on under the running suit! Because of a severe case on gingivitis and a bad dentist several years ago I cannot have an implant. Friday I will be getting 3 more loose teeth taken out and a temporary partial put in. I have spent several hundred dollars trying to save my teeth, including $1200. gum surgery, over the years so this has been very traumatic to me. A new part of my body hurts every day but it's nothing I can't handle.
On the flip side, I'm thankful I didn't break any bones or get a head trauma. I'm very thankful that my son and his family were in a different area camping so Jerzie didn't see me bleeding or hear me scream. I'm also relieved to have good dental insurance because I have no idea what this will end up costing.
Now that this is out of the way, I'll be showing you and telling you about the 3 good days!

8 comments:

W. Latane Barton said...

Oh, my goodness, you poor dear. I am so afraid of falling because it can happen in a split second even when you are trying to be good. I am so glad you didn't break a bone... well, you sort of did with that tooth. What a bad ending to a wonderful vacation.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I'm so sorry that you fell and lost some teeth. Thankfully you didn't have worse injuries. I am afraid of falling too. I have a torn meniscus in my right knee. According to the doctor my injury isn't severe enough to require surgery. I'm afraid of slipping on ice and twisting that knee. I'm afraid of stepping the wrong way and causing the knee to give. I feel occasional weakness and pain in that knee. I have felt the knee momentarily pop. Thankfully I've been able to stop myself from falling.

I'm looking forward to reading about your good news. I've enjoyed Laurie and Chris's account of the weekend.

Heather said...

oh my gosh. that is definitely one way to end a wonderful trip. thankfully it wasn't much worse. i feel so bad for you. teeth are no fun are they?

Cedar ... said...

So sorry to read that your weekend ended on a hurting note. Yes, you are lucky you didn't break a bone. ...or two! Hope things are going better for you now.

Liz said...

Bless your heart! Hope you're doing ok!

Zoey said...

Jean,
I am so sorry to hear about that traumatic experience. I hope everything works out OK for you.

Balisha said...

Hi,
Hope everything works out for you. Lucky you didn't break a bone or something else. Did you hurt after the fall? Sometimes a day or two later...You will have pain.Dentists are expensive today. Be happy you have insurance.
Balisha

Suzanne said...

So sorry to hear of your accident. I'm grateful you have insurance and that Laurie and Chris were there to help you. Goodness life it hard sometimes. I'll be thinking of you. Take care.