#YouCan’tMakeThisStuffUp Part 1 of 5

In these uncertain days of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it was difficult for me to settle on a topic for today’s blog post. If you’re like me, you’re having trouble concentrating on your task at hand. 

I’m working on several future blog posts about the craft of writing and a number of fiction and nonfiction books I’ve read this month, and I will save those for the upcoming weeks.

My blog post today (and Parts 2-5 which will follow tomorrow through Friday of this week) will test your ability to trust me. It is a true story. Since the end of January, I’ve mentioned in passing that I have a fractured tibial plateau. It was the result of a freak accident.

Since the end of February, I’ve mentioned a time or two that I also have a pulmonary embolism. A fractured leg and the pulmonary embolism which followed it are not on face value anything to laugh about; however, I choose to look for the humor in everyday situations.

We can all use a chuckle during these difficult times, so please accept my series this week in the spirit in which it is intended.

Setting the stage

My sister, Marie, and I had been out and about on January 27. We were on a tight schedule to eat supper and get to book club.

food prep image
Photo by Piotr Miazga on Unsplash

Why isn’t Janet helping me up?

I’m heating soup on the stove. Marie is taking a dish out of the microwave oven. Her knee buckles. She manages to put the hot dish on the kitchen island before sprawling across the floor. What she didn’t know was that as she sailed across the kitchen she slams into the side of my right knee.

Marie is lying on the floor with her back to me because she has the presence of mind to turn herself in a way that she wouldn’t land on her left knee replacement. She can’t see me, but I’m clinging to the kitchen counter in great pain. I’m saying “Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!” because I realize I cannot put any weight on my right foot. Marie is still on the floor with her back to me thinking I’m saying, “Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!…” because I’m worried about her. (I was worried about her, but more worried about myself at that moment.) She’s wondering why I’m not helping her up!

Marie rolls over and sees that I’m hurt. I tell her I can’t put any weight on my right leg. I continue to cling to the kitchen counter as Marie struggles to get up. She brings me a chair and we pretty quickly agree that I need to go to the emergency room at the hospital three miles from our home. I try to walk to the door on crutches, but I soon feel faint and more or less collapse into a chair.

We decide we need some professional help, so Marie dials 9-1-1.

To be continued. . .

Until my next blog post

I hope you have escaped and continue to escape being infected with COVID-19. I hope you are physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially secure as we all journey through the most uncertain public health time of most of our lifetimes.

I hope you have a good book to read. I’m fortunate to be able to take advantage of some electronic audible books through the public library which closed its doors to the public on March 16 “until further notice.” I’m listening to The Ligitators, by John Grisham and Long Road to Mercy, by David Baldacci — but not at the same time. I just like to have more than one book going all the time.

We’re all learning as we go, and I’m glad I’m retired and not in a major decision-making position. Marie and I make a good team. I’m in the enviable position of living with my sister. She just happens to also be my best friend. She’s taking great care of me. Together, we’ll get through this crisis.

I hope you also have someone to depend on through thick and thin.

If you’re a writer or other artist, I hope you’re able to create during this time. I’m finding it difficult to concentrate most days. If you’re in that same boat, don’t beat yourself up over it. This is not the time to be demanding of yourself or others.

My thanks go out to those in the healthcare profession. Perhaps by the time we come to the end of this pandemic we’ll realize as a society that doctors and nurses are more valuable than – and should be paid more than athletes.

Take care of yourself. Stay safe, and try to stay well. Let the people in your life know how important they are to you. Keep in touch socially via phone, text, Skype, email, and however you safely can to minimize the isolation we all feel during this pandemic.

Tune in tomorrow for #YouCan’tMakeThisStuffUp” Part 2.

And, if you are a fan of humor from everyday life, I recommend the offerings by my fellow-North Carolinian Jeanne Swanner Robertson. Her website is https://jeannerobertson.com/.


13 thoughts on “#YouCan’tMakeThisStuffUp Part 1 of 5

  1. Greetings Janet, I certainly hope that you are feeling better, those sound like serious injuries and you need lots of rest and rehabilitation to overcome, but I am sure you will, with the grace of God, which heals us…In these times what I have chosen to do is not to listen to any news, on the tele or online that references Coronavirus. I will listen to authorised medical personnel but not to reporters who are interested in selling papers and creating fear. I’ve managed so far and I plan to continue this way throughout the quarantine and beyond. I know this will pass…although it is new territory for everyone…as all plagues and pandemics throughout history have passed. Unfortunately they take too many people with them. But we have to maintain a positive attitude. The government of Spain has imposed an extra 15 days, so we’ve three more weeks to go! Take good care and all the best! Stay safe and aware and indoors! Lots of love, peace and health from Spain!


  2. Hello, Francisco! Thank you for your comments about my injury. Yes, it turned out to be more serious than I realized at the time, but it’s healing well. It has been very confining, but now the whole world is confined. It’s my nature to stay on top of the news, but with each passing day that becomes more stressful. As if the truth isn’t dire enough, we have a president who makes misleading statements daily. Sadly, I never have believed a word he said, so in that respect nothing has changed. I never thought I’d see the day that the American president could not be trusted during a public health crisis. There is such a lack of medical supplies here that people are making masks in their homes to donate to hospitals. The worst is yet to come to the U.S. We’re following what is happening in Italy and Spain and anticipate that is what we’ll face within days. Like in Spain, we should only listen to the medical experts because the politicians only say what they think we want to hear. Your words of wisdom are appreciated. It’s good to hear from you and to know you’re staying in and staying safe. I’m doing the same. Love, health, and peace to you from North Carolina!

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  3. Thank you, Terri. My leg is healing well. I have to trust God and the blood thinner that my lung is also healing well. Having had fibromyalgia for 33 years, I was already used to a sedentary lifestyle, which has helped me deal with this confinement. FM has also given me a high tolerance for pain. Who knew there was an “up” side to having fibromyalgia? Stay safe and well, Terri. Blessings to you, too. Many thanks.

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  4. Thank you Janet, we pray we all come through this and make a change for the better. Stay home, stay safe.


  5. It is indeed frightening, Laleh, as the unknowns in life tend to be more stressful than the things we understand and expect. God is with us through this crisis, regardless of the outcome. I believe we all have much to learn from this pandemic. I pray you and your family stay safe.

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  6. Hi, Jennifer! Good to hear from you. I really appreciate your thoughts. Yes, the numbers in Mecklenburg are going up fast now and they’re increasing daily in Cabarrus. I live literally in sight of Mecklenburg County, so I’m taking all precautions. I hope you stay safe and well!

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