Slip and Slide

Well, today was a disaster, if you haven’t already heard.

The illusive ice storm finally arrived.  I looked out the front door and saw puddles, so threw on my jacket to go clean the ice off my car for work since the road looked fine.  Except it wasn’t.

Everything was pure ice, and the moment I set even a toe down – I was even holding on, just in case – my whole body flew into the air, and I landed in the driveway.

My back hit the steps all the way across just under my shoulder blades, and my head slammed so hard on the top step that my glasses and cochlear implants flew off and I cut open the back of my head.

Centimeters higher and I would have hit the soft spots where the actual implants were, and could have spent the day in surgery having bone picked out of my brain.  Or I could have broken my back or been hurt far worse.  So while I am in great pain, I am grateful for the protection I did have and that it wasn’t worse.

I do have three cracked ribs.

I crawled hyperventilating to get my ears and glasses, and Alex and Kyrie who saw me fall went to get Nathan.  I made it to the bed where Nathan and Alex got me laid down and Kirk tucked me in while Mary held my hand as I fought for air and cried.  It was horrible pain.

I could not walk or breathe, and tonight it still knocks the wind out of me to try and stand all the way up, but I was able to move to my recliner to reposition and snuggle with my two kids who have finally outgrown naptime.

We watched Les Mis, which was their first PG-13 movie, but I convienently sent them out for snacks and drinks during the two not-age-appropriate-even-for-me songs.  They know the soundtrack already, except for those two same songs, so they loved learning the story and now love the songs even more!  That makes me happy.

I obviously couldn’t work tonight, so loved being home with my family, but obviously missed enjoying it much – other than the snuggle time with the children today, as they all got turns, but maybe that was the most important thing? I think yes.  I love them so much!

Nathan was amazing, as he always is, caring for me and the children on what was supposed to be his resting day.  I am so grateful for him!  Prayers for him, too, as he has such a burden of all of us!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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