Saturday, 27 August 2011

Breaking Bones, Blogfests, and Bright Eyes


I managed to break a little toe on Thursday. I stubbed it on my exercise bike (stop reading from here if you're squeamish) and dislocated it. Through some sort of natural instinct I managed to push it back into place.

It's safe to read now. At first I didn't think it was too bad - I've stubbed my little toes dozens of time. After hobbling into town, I realised it was worse than I thought. I went to the emergency room, and they told me it was probably broken. However, as it's a little toe, their advice was to just to stay off my feet. As I have a high pain threshold, and not wanting to be off sick when I've only got seven shifts left, I still went to work. Thankfully, they gave me a sit down job.

Unfortunately, the pain and swelling is far worse today. After speaking to NHS Direct, who have advised I need to keep my foot elevated, and that it can take four to six weeks to heal, I asked if I could start my 12-week work break a week earlier so as not to be off sick. They said yes, so I'm starting my new novel this Monday. I feel a little sad as I won't get to say a proper goodbye to my work colleagues but I will pop to see them.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Star Trek Blogfest - it was every bit as fun as I thought it would be. I'm looking forward to Talli Roland's Watching Willow Watts Launch Party on September 14th and Alex J. Cavanaugh's Worst Movie Blogfest on September 19th. If you haven't checked them out yet, please do.

If you want to watch something that will make you smile (or cringe), pop over to iZombie's blog and watch William Shatner sing Bright Eyes. Yes. You did read it right. The Shatman sings, again.

Finally, I've joined Facebook. Now I know I said I never would but I realised last week just how much I am going to miss my friends at work. I won't miss the work but there are a handful of my colleagues I'm going to feel a little lost without. If you're on Facebook, please feel free to send me a friend request. There is a link on my sidebar. I've set my account so that only my friends can see me. Plus, I'll be posting daily updates on my WIP progress.

So, my friends, have you ever broken a bone? If you have, I want all the gory details.

41 comments:

  1. I broke my humerus once. I got really sick of hearing jokes about how it wasn't very humerus at the time.

    Also following izombie. he's a good man.

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  2. I'm so lucky that I've never broken a bone before! That sounds so painful! I hope you feel better!

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  3. Sigh - I've broken a few toes over the years. They swell and you can't wear shoes. I'm one of those people who runs their feet into furniture. Now I can't go barefoot even inside the house.
    Yay for starting your book early though! I'll go request an FB friending now.

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  4. Ouch, Ellie! I've broken my little toe before, too. Took me five weeks before I could wear a shoe.

    Good luck on your writing break!

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  5. Oh your poor toe!! Look after yourself, please Ellie!! Get better!!! Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  6. Ow Ellie .. but glad it's all sort of slotted into place .. and you're ready to get on with your WIP - good luck .. I'll be thinking of you up here ..

    Heal little toe .. heal - cheers Hilary

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  7. Ouch! A dislocated little toe sounds painful. I hope it gets better really fast for you.

    Yes, I've broken bones before. When I was 7, a drunk driver hit me while I was waiting for my parents to pick me up from school. I was on the sidewalk. I broke my right clavicle--which thankfully did not need surgery. But I also broke my kneecap, which needed surgery, and a cast for 6 weeks. That was 22 years ago, and now, when I run too hard or do high impact exercises, my knee would hurt. Such a bummer 'cause I love running, but now I'm limited to running every other day, and only short distances.

    Goodluck!

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  8. Ouch indeed! It's bad enough to stub a toe, but to break it must be awful. Shame you had to end work early, but you'd only make your foot worse by hobbling around.

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  9. OMGosh poor you! Glad you are putting your feet up and making the most of your convalescence, though. GET WELL SOON. I have prescheduled my worst films blogfest entry. Good luck with FB... :O)

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  10. Aw man that's bad. Yes, the toe is tiny but man can the sucker hurt? I might have broken one as well, perhaps multiple times, but I'm so used to stubbing my toe against our antique ball and claw sofas that I kind of lost count...

    Also, I once broke my "tailbone" now THAT is painful. Can't walk without pain. Can't sit without pain... All because of an ill-placed stone during a summer water-war... >_<

    Hope your toe gets better soon!

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  11. Sorry about the toe! Yeah, not much they can do for broken toes. But now you can start writing!
    And the Star Trek blogfest was a blast. Thanks for mentioning my upcoming Worst Movies Ever. Hope the internet can handle that much suckage in one day.

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  12. I'm sorry you broke your toe. Ty for signing up for my blog. Know what you mean though about inconvenient. I'm in a brace for five months and can't drive. I'm getting positive about it though, after a month and a half of whining. Enjoy your blog.

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  13. I'm always stubbing my little toe. A year or so ago I think I probably broke it, but I knew there was nothing they could do so I didn't go to the doctor's. It went a lovely purple colour! Take care, and good luck with the novel.

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  14. Oh man, sorry about your toe! I've broken a bone as well, and it was my pinky toe as well. My parents didn't believe me until it turned purple and black.

    Good luck starting your new novel! Always exciting to start off on a new adventure.

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  15. I'm sorry to hear you broke your toe! I hope you feel better soon.

    I cracked my right little toe, and then proceeded to seriously crack/stub my left. So I ended up having trouble with my feet for half a year.

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  16. I'm really sorry that you stubbed your toe. But, I'm glad you're getting time off to work on your novel. Keep us informed.

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  17. Maybe the busted toe is a blessing in disguise. It's going to force you to put butt in chair and get your novel written. Just looking at the bright side. :)

    Good luck with the writing!!

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  18. I had my nose broken in 3 different places in a dance accident - put it back into place myself too... weird instinct thingy - much luck on your writing - I'm finishing my first draft by the end of Tuesday. (finally)
    Laura xxx

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  19. I'm sorry about your toe. I hope it heals fast. Have a good time writing!

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  20. Ouch. Stubbing one's toe is very painful. I hate it when that happens.

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  21. Oh man! I broke a toe when my foot got slammed in a door. Ice, ice, (baby) is prob one of the best things. As much, and as often, as you can. The worst of it was over in about a week though, so maybe you'll be hobbling OK in a few days. Good luck!

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  22. Ouch! My mom just did the same thing. Hope it feels better soon.

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  23. I'm always stubbing toes - comes from walking around barefoot a lot of the time - but never managed to break one. Yet. Touch wood. Darn it, I've probably totally jinxed myself now...

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  24. Oh, you poor kid!

    I know you were raring to start that novel, but you didn't have to break a bone to do it. LOL. (sorry)

    I broke my toe sparring (karate). Evidently, the other person was harder than my toe.

    It does take a long time to heal. So sorry.

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  25. not me but my son broke the tip of a finger in the front door. gives me chills thinking about it! gory dtails- had to remove nail, give him 2 stitches and put it back! eww!

    trekkie fest was great! i read a bunch. lots of tribbles!

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  26. I'll have to find you on FB. Sorry about your toes. Done that several times. YIKES!

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  27. I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure I broke one or two toes when I fell down my stairs a few years ago. They were all swollen and bruised. But I never went to the doctor.

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  28. Very painful, I'll bet. Here's to a speedy recovery, and good luck with the novel.

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  29. Sorry to hear your toe got damaged whilst attempting to improve your health. (irony?)
    I once dropped a large TV on one foot and later went of with friends for an evenings Ten Pin Bowling. Unusually for me, I won each game but when we came to go home I could not get one bowling shoe off my injured foot it had swollen. I removed it at home with much pain and the next day went to the doc who diagnosed a green fracture in one of the long bones in my foot. I then had to wear a tight fitting medical sock for the next three weeks. You have my sympathy. For actors we say 'break a leg' for good luck, so for novelists, 'break a toe':)

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  30. I have thus far avoided the dreaded bone breakage, though my 5 year old son dislocated his knee cap last month. He was in a splint for three weeks, though nothing was broken or torn (fortunately).

    Hope your foot feels better soon!

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  31. Oh no, Ellie! I hope your foot feels better.

    Thanks for the shout out! :)

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  32. Hang in there, Ellie! I broke my collar bone when I was a kid. I fell out of bed. (I'm clumsy even in my sleep...) :)

    Good luck with your novel!

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  33. Just hairline fracture in my thumb. Had to wear a cast for five weeks. Fortunately, my insurance covered a new cast half way through. Man, did that thing begin to smell really bad.

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  34. I have broken no bones (I'm knocking on actual wood right now and typing with one hand). Considering how accident prone I am that's nothing short of a miracle. I hope your toe feels better soon!

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  35. get well, quickslike, ellie!

    no fun to be in pain on days off :(

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  36. ellie, fup duck facebook refuses to let me friend you GRRRRRRRRRRR

    this is my other me:

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=824185472

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  37. Just goes to show that exercise is NOT good for your health ;)

    I hope your little toe heals quickly and that you aren't in too much pain.

    I've never broken a bone... let's hope I haven't jinxed myself ;)

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  38. Sorry, no stories of gorey, broken bone glory here. I sure hope you are up and ready to dance a jig much sooner than later.

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  39. Psst ... be sure to check my Monday post.

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  40. Ouch! Sorry to hear about your toe. I had a car run over my foot once but didn't break it. Happy wrting...and stay off that foot. :)

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  41. If you want to see something funny on Facebook, look up Renovation on there (this takes you to the Worldcon page). You’ll see my plea (under a fake name) to find the name of the person whose picture I pasted on my blog. I got a fast answer, which shows how useful Facebook is.

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