So today the kids and I were in the px parking lot on our way to the car when I stepped on the edge of a hole and bent my left ankle in half. I went crashing down on my right knee (which caused all my little girl, burning,bloody, scraped knee memories to come flooding back.) It took the kids a minute or so to hear my exclaiming, "Oh man, that really hurt. Oh man, that really hurts. Ugh, oh man that really hurts." *thinking, "Please don't cry, please don't cry, please don't cry"* I managed to get up (left my dignity in the hole) and get to the car. I climbed in and began the inspection and triage process. The ankle swelled to gross proportions immediately and hurt pretty well. Okay, okay, breathe,breathe. We are close to the ER, and we live about 20 minutes from here so that's a pro for going. Um, I am accompanied by children. not going. It is really swollen. going. It could just need some time to recover but not be that serious. not going. It really hurts. going. I HAVEN'T SHAVED MY LEGS. NOT GOING. Teaching the kids to be brave and know when to seek medical attention. going. It's really swollen. going. It REALLY hurts. So I went. From the ER I called an angel of a friend and she came about an hour later and got the kids - whom had been carting me around to x-ray and back in a wheel chair. Okay, as perfect strangers had to examine my ankle, they had the terrible misfortune of having to see my DIRTY socks, then my hairy legs, then my hairy FEET, then my scraggly toenails and the piecederesistance; sock lint in between my toes. As if falling down in the middle of the parking lot wasn't humiliating enough. And btw - my 12 year old son was such a friend to me! He cleaned the lint out of my toes so I could have a slight bit of pride back. *Insert angels singing here* Then I made him wash his hands. I was in the ER for 4 hours. I have a sprained ankle - praise the Lord it did not break AND was not my driving foot - and am relegated to crutches for at least a week or two. The moral of the story: Listen to your mother's advice! Always go out in clean underwear, and shave your legs even if you THINK that no one is going to see them!
Here's some encouragement from my Heavenly Father located in His Word at Daniel 11:35, "Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time." Thank You Lord for providing me an opportunity to be refined and purified and for my children an opportunity to rise to the occasion and for others to be a blessing to me.
P.S. - Another angel of a friend is picking me up tomorrow and taking me straightaway for a pedicure. Somehow I am going to shave my legs before then.
I have been saved from scraggly toes!!