You gotta laugh.
When Ted and I look back on our three months on Mackinac the summer of 2017, we will laughingly (hopefully we’re laughing) label it “the summer of the mishaps”. We have definitely spent more time on the ground and on the floor from falls than ever before on the island (which is saying a lot cause I’m a klutz and fall a lot – off bikes in front of horses, over roots in the woods, over my shoelaces, over a crack in the sidewalk,etc.), and we are hoping – from this point on until we return to Florida – we will be staying upright. Wait. I hope we stay upright in Florida also!
Most of you already know this from Facebook, but for those who don’t, it was my turn to hit the deck this week. Actually, it was the street I hit when I stepped into the intersection at Market and Cadotte, and Bodie stepped in front of me at the same time. I was distracted watching for taxis and tourists and horse poop, and I did a face plant over Bodie’s back into the pavement.
In the next 20 minutes everything that I love about Mackinac Island came into play.
Someone got my backpack off, but I was still laying in the middle of the intersection. Several people asked if they needed to call the ambulance, and I repeatedly said “no”, and then I would hear Jill (who was with me and capturing the whole thing on camera because after knowing me all these years she KNEW I’d want to blog about this) say, “no” again. My hand was hurting more than anything, and suddenly there was this VERY young, VERY nice looking guy bending over me saying, “May I look at your hand? I’m an orthopedic surgeon.” To which I replied, “Yes, please.”
He examined by hand in minute detail and said, “I really don’t think it’s broken. I’d ice it, rest it, and give it 2-3 days. If it feels worse, get an x-ray. If it feels better, you’re good to go.”
Now, while all that was going on (I didn’t know all this till Jill told me later), Carriage Tours had diverted taxis and tours in another direction. The city police were there, as was Shelley, a Michigan state policewoman we know well. Another friend, Gwen, found the lens that had popped out of my glasses and popped it back in. She tried her best to bend the frames back into a somewhat normal position, and she did to the point that I could wear them. Eventually, I was helped to my feet and walked over to the bench beside Mayor Doud’s house. Bodie immediately jumped on the bench with me, and about that time Ted (who Jill had called) arrived by bike.
The intersection was cleared, and we all went wherever we were going – except for Bodie and I. We went back to the condo instead of getting on the ferry for a grooming appointment.
All that happened on Tuesday and now today (Saturday), the swelling is way down, and my range of motion is much better. For the first few days Ted took over dog walking duty for both dogs, but I began to take Bodie on short walks yesterday. So far, so good.
And that’s the Horton Drama of the Week!
That’s all for today except to say it’s the hottest day of the year here on Mackinac. No worries though. By the middle of the week it’s going to be into the low 60’s again. We have company coming the next two weeks and then one more week after that we’re on our way home. Can’t believe how fast it’s gone this year.