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Carol Perkins: Jinxed or Careless

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By Carol Perkins

If there is such a thing as being jinxed, I think I must be. I'm embarrassed to tell of other weird things that have happened to me, but I can't keep from sharing.

I am one who keeps "stuff" around me with the intention of moving. My under-the-counter bike was against my desk to the right of my computer. It was once under my computer, but I quickly figured out that pedaling and typing simultaneously was impossible. As I was standing on my tiptoes, adding a few books to the shelf above the desk and leaning over this machine, I never thought I was in danger. When I put my toes down, I must have leaned my left leg into the metal part of the pedal. Suddenly, the pain shot through my body like I had been hit with an arrow (as if I know what that feels like) and blood ran down my leg. I yelled for Guy.

He grabbed a wet cloth, but it wasn't enough. I sent him to the rag box to retrieve something to make a tourniquet. I ripped up an old t-shirt and wrapped it tightly around my leg. When I later looked, I saw that the skin had peeled back ( a bad scrape) but not cut deeply as I thought. I knew I needed stitches, but I didn't want to miss my ladies' lunch. I needed a huge bandage, which I didn't have, so I used the next best thing...a continent pad. (I hate to talk about such items, but it's part of the story.)

I didn't tell anyone at lunch about my leg. Four hours later when I got home, I pulled off the bandage and knew I needed a doctor, so we went to Urgent Care. The doctor asked WHEN I had done this, so I sheepishly admitted the lapse of time. She wasn't sure she could sew me up because the broken skin was already adhering to the leg, but she was able to mend me with fifteen stitches. This new wound is on the same side as the hip replacement and a broken leg.

"Be More Careful" I hear from my family. None of this happened to me because of carelessness. Except maybe the broken leg. I must be jinxed.

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