“Did someone give you a seat on BART?” A man asked me this as I hobbled through a crowd standing shoulder-to-shoulder and off the train during rush hour.
This Friday will mark Week 2 of having a fractured foot – or more specifically – a 5th metatarsal fracture on my right foot. How did this happen? I’d rather not share that with you because you will judge me for all eternity (or think I’m incredibly bad-ass…but more likely the former). Every day has been a new story about how I came to be with a ginormous boot and a severely swollen foot.
Some of my favorites have been:
- Breakdancing (One lady asked if she could come dancing with me)
- Skydiving (bad landing)
- Mountain Biking (trick daddy)
- Rock Climbing (bad fall)
- Walking (leave the rest up to imagination)
The one that I haven’t had the balls to say, yet, is that I was a survivor of the Asiana plane crash at SFO (too soon, fools, too soon!)
Going back to the question that inspired this blog post, I’d say I’ve been fairly lucky with considerate human beings during this ordeal. People have helped with doors, offered a seat, cleared the pathway and given me plenty of pity stares (I eat your sweet pity stares for dessert).
But I’ve heard from many that people can also be quite cruel and heartless to the crippled. So while that question came as a bit of a surprise initially, I am so grateful for the thoughtful people (friends, family and strangers alike) who have helped to make this completely lame situation much more bearable.
More than inconsiderate people, there have been a number of dangerous obstacles that have made life with a fractured foot not so pleasant. It’s list time:
Top 5 Most Perilous Obstacles While on Crutches
I never realized how fast they move. Buddy the Elf had every reason to be weary of these terrifying transport devices.
2. Uneven Pavement
Inconvenient for pedestrians, perilous for gimps on crutches. I must consciously crutch and pay close attention to the slightest dips and grooves of the ground. There’s a rhythm to walking on crutches and no one wants to look like a noob.
3. Need for Speed
Keeping up with others makes me feel somewhat normal but going too fast can result in a very embarrassing fall (the possibilities are endless).
Either my apartment building thought it would be funny to shut down the elevator over the weekend or outside forces didn’t want me to leave my apartment for the sake of humanity. Getting down the 4 flights of stairs for three days was un-legendary.
Estimated Heal Time: 2 More Weeks…