So, people, you know how I’ve been complaining about not having enough time to blog lately? Well, I’ve just been gifted with some time — a whole lot of time, actually.
On Monday afternoon, as I arrived back in Bremen from a weekend in Hamburg, I left the train station to catch a tram up to the university, and I fell. I have no memory of tripping or slipping — I simply just fell. Hard. On my right knee. I managed to get up and drag my suitcase behind me, get onto the tram, hobble to my office and ask around for some ice.
After a couple of hours, lots of swelling, and plenty of pain, I decided it wasn’t going to get better on its own. Another fellow in my program drove me to the emergency room, where the doctor told me I had a broken knee cap. Awesome. I haven’t broken a single bone in my entire life, and now I have a broken knee cap because I fell on the street. Not even while mountain climbing or running a marathon or something exciting. Super.
Anyway, long story, short: I’m hobbling around in a brace and crutches for the next few weeks, and trying to moving as little as possible this week to give my knee cap a chance to heal. (If all goes well, no surgery will be necessary.) This means a lot of sitting in bed with my leg propped up. Hello, sleep*. Hello, books. Hello, internet. Nice to see you guys again.
As long as I’m looking on the bright side, I’ve already had my first visitors, who came bearing flowers and chocolates. I also have a great roommate who’s keeping me stocked up on groceries. Plus, I’m learning lots of fun German vocab: knee cap = die Kniescheibe; brace/splint = die Schiene; crutches = die Stützen. While I’m at it, maybe I should also be taking notes on the German health care system so I can integrate it into my dissertation.
In any case, you’ll probably be seeing a little more of me around these parts than usual. And if I seem a little incoherent, you can just blame it on the pain medication.
* Update Oct 20, 2010: Well, the sleep thing doesn’t seem to be working out too well — but maybe I’ll get used to sleeping on my back all night long??