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Annette : Following your bosses orders can lead to great pain.
Diary entry posted Tue 7:35am 14 September 2004

I was at work on August 16th, washing a bus in preparation for the new school year. My boss had given instructions for the buses to be washed in the loading dock area rather than in the lot because the grounds crew was getting the lot ready for kindergarden round-up. Well, the loading dock is in a valley, which meant walking up and down the hill every time the power washer stalled. Needless to say, this is an accident waiting to happen, and it did! I slipped and fell, breaking my ankle in five places along the way! My blood pressure was too low for pain meds in the ambulance, and evidently my pain threshhold is high enough that nobody would listen to me in the ER when I tried to tell them how much it hurt. Next time I'm going to scream and cry to get their attention! I did get a small dose of morphine along the way, but no real relief until my x-rays were finally taken and read (three hours after I fell.) I had surgery on the 20th of August to put a plate on the left side of my ankle and a big screw on the right side of my ankle. My hospital stay was absolutely the worst experience of my life! I went home with a cast that was far too tight because once again nobody would listen to me! It's been four weeks, and it feels almost as bad as it did when I came home from the hospital. I can't believe this is normal. The numbness, pain and spasms should have subsided by now! The good news is: I'm drawing 60% of my pay (Yippee) and I have wonderful people in my life that do everything in their power to help me (although it's difficult for me to be dependant.) Thank goodness for this sight not only for the information provided, the empathy from those who understand, but also for the diversion from the mind numbing TV!!!



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