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Looking back...

Fourteen years ago today I was a stupid teenager, willing to do anything to spend time with her boyfriend. Brian and I were on our way out for Chinese food for dinner when his fire pager went off. Being a new volunteer fireman, he was all eager to get to an actual fire. Nevermind that he had me, his minor girlfriend, in his car. Off we went.

The fire was an old warehouse that caught fire when workers who were repairing the roof didn't stand long enough fire watch and the old wood caught. There were so many trucks and flashing lights and Brian took off. I didn't know what I was supposed to do, so I was standing around watching.

Long story short, there wasn't a functional hydrant near the warehouse so they had to lay extra hose. They charged it up-- going from a 5" hose to a 2" hose with no pressure release. It blew and swung around and hit me in the ankle and shattered it.

I was 16. I spent 6 months in a cast that went from toe to hip. I've had 2 surgeries so far and need another one. It swells up and hurts when I'm on it too much. It swells up and hurts in the rain. It sucks.

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lynnh
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Ouch!
purplejuli
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my ankle was totally shattered. It took 7 screws (5 short, 2 LOOONG) to put my foot back together. The word "amputation" came up once or twice. It sucks, but when I think that I could have ended up losing the foot entirely, it makes it easier to cope with whatever pain and problems I do have.
redqueenmeg
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
I remember you telling that story at school. Hell of a thing to have to remember. :( I'm sorry. Even my stupid broken foot and collarbone hurt sometimes so I can only imagine what your situation must be like.
purplejuli
Oct. 17th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
Eh, there are worse things, I suppose
redqueenmeg
Oct. 17th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Sure, but when compared with something that is happening to you right now, comparisons are difficult if not useless. :) It just reminds me of that bit from Breakfast Club.

"You're just feeling sorry for yourself."
"Yeah, well, if I didn't, nobody else would!"

We all have to feel compassion for ourselves because there's nobody better to do it, darn it! So you're entirely justified in complaining--it's not like this is a paper cut!
purplejuli
Oct. 17th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Great! I'll make sure to bitch particularly loud to my husband about it... :) Like he's not totally tired of hearing me complain about my ankle.

Hee hee...

rockysmomma
Oct. 17th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
OUCH!

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