FFYF: Mom Down Edition

Amy lying in gurney after injuring knee

Happy Friday, Internets! I hope everyone’s well today. Me personally? I managed to fall on the big ski trip (first time down the hill, even!) and wrenched my knee. Sooooo, I’m spending today resting quietly.

We all went through ski school in the morning, then I spent a half hour trying to convince Captain Earthquake to go up on the bigger hill with us. He skied down it fine last year, but really wasn’t willing to try this time. I was anxious for him to go because skiing it successfully meant earning a pass to ride on the ski lift. Hubby finally convinced him to go. I went up the tow rope (it was a brilliant performance, I might add) and waited at the top. When Hubby and the younger boys arrived, we headed down the hill.

I made a rather large spectacle of myself by falling and twisting my knee at the bottom. The pain was excruciating and I was yelling for help when the ski instructors ran over and released me from my skis. My knee was killing me and I wanted to straighten my leg but they told me to hold still. I really really really wanted to move it, but I forced myself to hold still. You know. That being the wise thing to do and all.

Before anyone knew what was happening, somebody came by and ran me right over. Straightened my leg right out and oooooohhhhh, the relief! I looked up and saw TechnoBoy standing nearby and thought, “My own kid just ran me down!” (I learned later that it was a stranger, not one of my boys.) The ski patrol folks weren’t too pleased, but eh. I was just glad to not be in so much pain. I got a free ride to the first aid shack, two cups of coffee and a couple of hours of quiet while I waited for the kids to have at least a little fun before we left.

Everyone in the ski patrol was wonderful. They got me stabilized and iced the knee. If I had done this for attention, I couldn’t have picked a worse time. I got upstaged by the 10-year-old who hurt himself about 30 seconds after I did and earned himself a trip to the hospital on the backboard. Poor kid was really scared. I pray that he’s all right.

Anywho. Went to the local ER in the afternoon and got an X-ray to prove that no bones were broken. Also picked up my very own pair of crutches, because I can’t bear any weight on the leg. I’ve got strict instructions to call my family doc for followup. School is canceled and the boys are on Help Mom When She Needs It Duty. I informed them that this would include carrying me to the bathroom when necessary. TechnoBoy and The Mercenary were totally taken in.

“You’re kidding!” The Mercenary said.

With a totally straight face and not missing a beat Hubby replied, “It’s either that or hold the cup.”

Priceless.

Hubby was inspired to take a picture to commemorate the occasion and insists that I post it. I combed my hair later, honest.

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Earnest Parenting: help for parents who fall down skiing and wreck their knee.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Los Angeles Printing Service January 28, 2010, 11:58 pm

    OMG that's terrible. That might even give me a phobia on skiing. I's a good thing it's only the knee. I'm sure there are those who have had a lot worse on a ski accident.

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  • JenD January 29, 2010, 7:50 am

    LOL, oh Amy.. I'm glad your OK, poor boys, you've scarred them for like with the whole carry you to the bathroom thing LOL. To bad you don't have THAT on video, you could be rich!! I'm glad no broken bones for you. You are braver than me, i'm not sure I would've went down the slopes at all, i'm not big on adventure..

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  • Amy LeForge January 30, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Lol, thanks! And no, you don't need to have a phobia. I skied last year without any trouble. I should have practiced more this time before tackling the larger hill and I should have heeded Captain Earthquake's desire to stay on the bunny hill. Would have saved me a ton of trouble! And yes, there's definitely much worse that has happened to others, so I'm thankful for that.

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  • Amy LeForge January 30, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Yea, I was trying to prove something to the Captain. Big mistake, and probably won't happen again. I'm not huge on adventure either, let alone adventures in the cold that are up high. I will be more cautious in the future. You're right, I so coulda won the hundred grand with their expressions at that moment. I laughed as hard as anyone because it was completely unexpected. Hubby's the quiet type: you never know what he's going to say.

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  • demurr January 31, 2010, 5:46 am

    ROFL!!! How is your knee feeling now that a few days has passed?

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  • Amy LeForge January 31, 2010, 5:50 pm

    I'm not in a lot of pain….had to go back to the ER yesterday b/c the knee was really hot to the touch but my foot was very cold. The doc said not to worry and gave me a brace to wear. That helped a ton! I have to go see my family doc and see what he says. The x-ray doesn't help diagnose soft tissue damage, just showed no broken bones. Soooooo, we'll see what happens this week. Hopefully it heals quickly w/ no further need for anything.

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  • bedding for kids February 4, 2010, 6:36 am

    Oh god that is awful and how embarrassing. Sounds like me when I tried to teach myself to snowboard! Some of us are just not cut out to do certain things!

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  • Kim February 11, 2010, 12:06 am

    I am sure that you can imagine my surprise to read this! So proud of you and hoping that you are doing much better! I hate to say it…but been there too! What fun to get around campus with a knee injury!

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    • Amy February 11, 2010, 11:52 pm

      Oh my goodness, Kim! I’d totally forgotten about that. And wow. May I apologize for not appreciating how difficult that was for you? Didn’t you have to hobble uphill to one class for a while? Ugh.

      I’m hoping that the blood clot resolves soon, and maybe for the swelling to go down so we can figure out what the damage is. For now, it’s a waiting game.

      Miss you tons, friend!

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  • wine barrel tables March 11, 2010, 2:40 am

    Skiing is just a dangerous sports but if you love it and got the passion for it, you will not mind the negative effects of it.

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    • Amy March 14, 2010, 10:04 pm

      LOL. Definitely like the experience, mildly. But as I sit here planning to see a surgeon in the morning after 6 weeks on crutches, I most certainly am not a passionate skier.

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  • bachelors degree engineering April 4, 2010, 3:14 am

    That’s pretty dangerous you know…But the experience and the excitement you have got from there will sure last forever…I am really glad you’re okay…

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    • Amy April 9, 2010, 11:27 pm

      Bachelors degree engineering, yes it was quite an experience. I’m not out of the woods yet, but healing is progressing. Suffice to say I won’t be skiing next winter. 🙂

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