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03 October 2007 @ 02:56 am
Robin is a klutz...  
So, today I had the klutzy day to end all klutzy days. Well, maybe not to end all klutzy days, but I certainly felt a little inept today.

Here's the set up:

A. It's been raining since yesterday. Not like a steady rain (because I do live in the desert and this is not the Apocalypse), but a sprinkle here and there. And, since this city has the worst drainage system in the world (or at least in the southwest), the sidewalks are a little wet and there are puddles everywhere. Keep that image in your head.
B. I had to be in the clinic today, so I had to be in my professional dress. Which means nice shoes. Which means my heels. But, not just any heels, but my super terrific pointy Banana Republic heels. While this day was especially klutzy, we will not blame the super terrific Banana Republic heels...well, not too much anyway.
C. After frantic searching, I discover that my mom has my umbrella. Which means I am umbrella-less

I'm walking from my garage to the clinic quite speedily, since I only have 10 minutes until I have to meet the clinician and the patient. I walk across the grass mall. So far, so good. Super terrific Banana Republic heels aren't complaining. I step on to the slightly damp cement, and WOOSH! I'm suddenly skidding across the cement. I feel my ankle start to twist, and I just know I am goin' down. Luckily, I somehow manage to right myself, and stop for a moment to let my heart crawl out of my stomach. "Hey, that was pretty good," I think to myself, "Not too shabby. At least I didn't fall on my butt in front of hundreds of milling students."

At this point, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. I pick up speed and now I'm in the breezeway of the student union. Six minutes until I see the client. There's a couple of slow people who are irritating me at the moment, but I am breezing right past them and SPLAT! I am on the ground. Fantastic. My ankle was once again twisted. People gaping at me. I heard someone suppress a giggle (its ok, I would've laughed too). In the distance, someone asks me if I'm alright. I believe I did my best impression of Flick from A Bug's Life by saying, "I'm OK!" I get up. Nothing feels broken, but my poor ankle is now throbbing (which just happens to be my bad one from years of ballet and injury). I have 4 minutes. Eek, gotta boogy!

I manage to get to clinic on time and without further injury. I feel much better now, although I know my ankle is going to be sore tomorrow. I am jamming to my iPod as I walk back to my car. I go back through the breezeway at the student union, since its sprinkling again and I want to avoid slipping on the wet cement. I walk past the place where I fell before. I'm going to be ok, I'm going to be...WHOMP! I am on the ground again. My ankle is twisted once again. People staring again. More suppressed laughter. This time I just sit there and look to the ceiling, which is as close as I'm going to get to sky right now. "Seriously?" I say to God. I feel like he's laughing at me too. I get it. God and I are pals, he's allowed to laugh. I've always thought God has a sense of humor (just look at the platypus, for crying out loud). I'm laughing on the inside. Really, I am. Some gracious Good Samaritan helps me up and asks me if I'm ok. I reassure her that I'm fine, and limp all the way to my car.

So, I am treating my poor ankle to Tiger Balm and a good soak in the tub, but it's still throbbing pretty bad. And it's sore at certain angles. It didn't help that I went to a concert tonight where I was standing the whole time. Oy vey, it's going to be SORE tomorrow. And, to top it all off, I have clinic again tomorrow. That means heels again. 

Off to check the weather report...

Moral of the story: bring flip-flops to walk across campus in the rain.
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Current Music: "Lost Art of Murder"--Babyshambles
jenepel: Blurred Alexisjenepel on October 3rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you had such bad falls. I completely sympathize because I'm a terrible klutz myself. The funny thing is that one of the things that makes me fall the most is hurrying in flip-flops when it's raining - because they have no traction, you know?
robinpoppins: Double Nuts!robinpoppins on October 4th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Well, the only shoes I own are heels and flip flops, haha. I really should buy things that have more traction. You'd think I would learn, huh?