The most horrifying thing happened to me today. Well, I guess not that surprising given that I can be quite the klutz sometimes. But, this has gotta be one of the worst falls I had ever in my recent years.
[Photo credit: Live, Laugh, Pull Hair Out]
Went for a morning meeting. The office has a strange system for floors so instead of making my way from level 27 down to level 1 and then back up to level 18, I decide I’ll take the stairs in between floors.
Usually, I’m really good at holding on to the railings for support while making my way down the stairs. But, guess my mind was preoccupied this morning. Left heel got tangled with right heel, I couldn’t grab on to the railing and I came plunging face-down ‘superman’ style down a long flight of steps.
SH*T! As I flew down, face down with my notebook, staff pass and mobile phone flying down the stairs along with me. I couldn’t believe my luck. Thankfully, I could pick myself up. Looked down at my pants and saw a tiny slit with a deep cut on my thigh. I checked elsewhere for visible sign of bruising. Damn! My chest was burning! Lifted my blouse and was horrified to see this!
I was in a state of shock! Didn’t know what else to do except to make my way to the meeting, try to finish it quick and then head off to the doctor’s.
When I went back to the desk, colleague was surprised that I was back from my meeting that quickly. By then, I went in a panic attack mode. I can’t believe I actually did this – but I burst into tears! The shock of falling from that flight of long steps coupled with the stinging pain from the bruise suddenly overwhelmed me. Colleagues came rushing with tissue trying to calm me down, which I eventually did. N, despite her busy work schedule, accompanied me to see the doctor.
Felt rather embarrassed for the emotional meltdown but I was really shell-shocked from the incident.
Doctor cleaned the wound and gave me some anti-bacterial cream. Well, nothing much I can do for now. Just that the red bruise which is probably the size of my palm will turn blue/black and will probably remain that way in the next week of so. Doc reckoned I didn’t break any bones internally, so that’s good. Will just have to monitor and see if I do feel any sharp chest pains. 😦
On a slightly more positive note, I’m thankful I didn’t break my nose or teeth or both. Phew…
And the next time? I probably will just use the elevator… not going to be walking down that flight of steps any time soon after this incident. Sheesh!