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I had an Evo moment today

  1. Jan 15, 2010 #1

    Moonbear

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    I had an Evo moment today :D

    It was definitely not a good day. Started off giving a lecture and had another rather surly faculty member interrupt at the end that he had a class waiting for the room. My hour wasn't even totally up, but I guess his watch was fast or something. :rolleyes: I wrapped up and was done on time according to the clock in the lecture hall. My students were appalled at the attitude the other professor had...they told me I should have said they were paying more tuition than his class (I was teaching the med students), so were entitled to the full lecture hour and thanked me for going ahead and finishing the lecture. :rofl:

    Anyway, that wasn't terrible, especially since my students were all backing me up and really nice about it afterward. Then after their lab was done, I had one of those meetings you just hate to have as faculty, which was with a student who failed last semester and was contesting the grade. I got dragged in because I gave the make-up exam. No good deed goes unpunished. That ran well past the lunch hour.

    So, at 2 PM, I FINALLY got a chance to go get lunch. That's when I had my Evo moment. Walking back from the cafeteria with my container with sandwich and salad in one hand and a cup of soda in the other hand, I just crashed. I felt like a little kid just suddenly falling for no good reason. My only excuse is I was wearing new shoes and they had really grippy soles and I just hit a sticky spot on the floor and my foot caught and I toppled. There was nothing to trip on, no slick spot, no normal reason to fall.

    At least the container with my sandwich and salad in it stayed closed, but the soda didn't survive the fall. Neither did my knees. I'm sitting here with ice packs on my little-kid-looking skinned and bruised knees. :frown: Thankfully, there was only one person around to witness this and she just helped me clean up the spilled soda while my more bruised ego sulked back to my office. I don't remember skinned knees hurting this much when I was a kid.

    Oh, and the irony is that next week I give the lectures on the lower limbs. Usually I demonstrate normal gait and some gait defects (I call it my "ministry of silly walks" lecture). I think the only thing I might be demonstrating is what it looks like when you're limping around with a bruised patellar tendon. :rolleyes:

    Okay, maybe it wasn't a TOTAL Evo moment...nothing seems broken, just bruised. But, how bad is it that we've had 2 weeks of snow and ice and I've managed to walk across the icy parking lots every day unscathed, then wipe out just getting lunch from the cafeteria?

    So, that's all. I'm just shamelessly seeking some sympathy. Meanwhile I'm treating with ice packs and copious amounts of rum in my Pepsi. :biggrin: (By the time the day was done, several of us faculty were standing around missing the days when you could keep beer in the department fridge.)
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2010 #2

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    So.. how did you fall down? Was it a near-syncope? An unsteady gait? Well I would sympathize and rub the boo-boo but this seems rather serious. Maybe it was the surly interruptor who ninja tripped you?

    Wait WHAT? You can't do that anymore?? Why would I want to become a professor at medschool now :grumpy:
     
  4. Jan 15, 2010 #3
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    when i fall like that, it's usually on a boulder. it's amazing how much abuse the ulna can take and not break. i always land on the left one. and once my knee landed on a stone. that took a long while to stop hurting, but nothing serious.
     
  5. Jan 15, 2010 #4
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    My knees ache just reading about it. Hope the rum works. I did a odd yet particular ice near fall, from what my co-workers said, its amazing I didn't fall, or at least do the splits.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2010 #5

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    Time for a demo change it seems. Maybe it can work well seeing the gait of a wounded knee.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2010 #6

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    I just tripped over my own feet. I think it would have been better if there was a good explanation. Lost in my thoughts, thinking about the frustrating meeting I had just had, and the possibility of more meetings, etc., and not watching my step I guess. That's why I compared it to the falls of a little kid, when they just topple for no apparent reason. :frown:

    Tell me about it! :rofl: I miss the beer and pizza receptions after the Friday afternoon seminars when I was a grad student.

    And, yes, dlgoff, I think it's time for a demo change. Actually, as my knees are turning interesting shades of purple, I'm seriously thinking I need to get some photos for clinical correlations lectures. With all the bruises, it's more realistic that you're looking at the legs of someone who was just in an accident. :rofl:

    Edit: And, no, the rum doesn't seem to be working. My one drink already has me feeling pretty tipsy, but my knees still hurt.

    I'm out of cold compresses too. I don't usually need more than one at a time, so have two...I can apply one and have the other chilling in the freezer. But, with both knees banged up, I have to wait for them to chill. I could just get regular ice, but the way the day has been going, I'm just sure I'd grab a baggie that has a hole in it and end up with a big puddle of water in bed as the ice melts (I decided the safest place for me is to just stay sitting in bed tonight).
     
  8. Jan 15, 2010 #7

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    Pwned.
     
  9. Jan 15, 2010 #8

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    Poor MB, I hope your knees are ok. Usually a freak injury is required to attain a true *Evo moment*, but the series of bad events during the day topped off with the injured knees comes close enough.

    I hope the injuries are really not bad.
     
  10. Jan 15, 2010 #9

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    I didn't know Evo was known for freak injuries with no rational scientific explanations.

    How did your knees become so bruised? It seems that without a stone or something to fall on, they should be fine.
     
  11. Jan 15, 2010 #10

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    Just a hard floor. It's an old building with floor tiles over concrete floors. Since I had my hands full, I couldn't get my balance or brace my fall, so my knees took the full brunt of the impact.

    Fortunately, the injury was limited to just huge bruises and no breaks, so maybe it's not a true Evo moment. :biggrin: :rofl:

    Evo, is it bad that you were the first person who came to mind as I was nursing my bruised ego?
     
  12. Jan 15, 2010 #11

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    They might have rational explanations, I just have more than my fair share. Like when I broke the same arm in two different places in 10 days, the first time walking out of my backdoor (which was the same place I had broken the same arm almost exactly 1 year earlier), then walking to the mailbox.

    Falling full weight straight down on your knees onto a hard floor can be pretty bad.
     
  13. Jan 15, 2010 #12

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    See, Evo understands. :biggrin: :smile:
     
  14. Jan 15, 2010 #13

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    You break your bones just by walking to places? Got Milk?
     
  15. Jan 15, 2010 #14

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    I've broken the same arm 4 times. :redface:

    And it's not healed properly, right now I can't move it because it's swollen from when I had to shovel a bit of snow from behind my car a couple of days ago. My daughter's BF left me the shovel from when he removed a huge pile of snow from behind my car recently.

    I'm worried about MB's knees, that kind of fall can be bad. I hope she can move around tomorrow.
     
  16. Jan 15, 2010 #15

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    Worried? Why? Then she gets to use a pimp cane and smack ungrateful students around with said cane.
     
  17. Jan 16, 2010 #16
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    How bizarre. Last night my cell phone started beeping at me asking for more juice. I woke up after only about two hours sleep, walked toward the phone and fell sound asleep midstep. I fell down and hit my head hard on the floor, but so far there are no signs of concussion. I read that the symptoms can take hours (too late for that) or even days to appear. So I'll be on the lookout to see if my brain is acting normally. I asked my wife be on the lookout too, but she said I've had a concussion for as long as she's known me.
     
  18. Jan 16, 2010 #17

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    Are you sure you had the rum after your fall?
     
  19. Jan 16, 2010 #18

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    Why do bad things only happen to sisters?:devil:

    *Hugs for moonie*
    Hope you get well soon!:smile:
     
  20. Jan 16, 2010 #19
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    Big kids have farther to fall. It's been a while since I skinned my knees, but your experience brought the sensation back to me.

    Thanks to the kindness of strangers.

    On the sidewalk ice two weeks ago I slipped but caught myself inches before my face did. I'm glad that I do push-ups on occasion, and this was one of them!
     
  21. Jan 16, 2010 #20

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    I think Evo should register a trademark, so that it becomes Evo momentâ„¢
     
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