A very apt title to this post😱😱😱😱
After a pleasant weekend with friends Mary and Ivan we were reunited with the good ship Petroc on Monday. We were lucky enough to complete the unloading of the car before extremely heavy rain and thunder set in.We even managed a meet up for supper with Iain, Christine and Fiona in the Brasenose Arms in Cropredy. Under new management, we had an excellent meal.
With two more visits to friends planned before venturing out onto the cut, we returned to Petroc. Then it all went wrong! Somehow, and I have no recollection, I slipped down the step getting inside. Alcohol cannot be blamed as I had had one small glass of wine before driving back. In fact if I had had more it would probably have been better!
As it was I landed in a tangled heap amidst the chair situated just inside having passed by the stove en route, thankfully not lit.
It was a good job there was no one on the neighbouring boats as they would have thought Geoff was murdering me, such were my howls of pain.
With some difficulty and with assistance from Geoff I managed to get to bed thinking I might have a few bruises in the morning. However the pain intensified through the night and at 4am, by which time Geoff was blissfully asleep, I called 111 as I was convinced I could have broken my hip.
This line seems to be a good triage system albeit there were a lot of admin questions before we got to the all important....What seems to be the problem? However the promised call from a doctor was not long in materialising. He was very reassuring and I was able to believe him that it was not my hip. He ended by saying that if the pain got worse or I was worried I should go to the A and E in Banbury. I debated the pros and cons of this for the the next few hours but the decision was made by daughter Emma who insisted I went if only for stronger pain killers.
This managed to fill the morning. Only 1.5 hours wait which could have been a lot worse and I then saw a very nice doctor who confirmed no hip broken, but a couple of cracked ribs and prescribed stronger pain killers.......
So here I am confined to boat and departure delayed. Not the best start to our summer cruising, BUT, it could have been so much worse........so whilst I am exceedingly cross I also thank heaven for small mercies😎😎
To a Mouse
The best laid plans of mice and men