Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:51 AM
Freya and I went foraging for huckleberries at Joaquin Miller Park on Sunday on a tip from Michele over at Found Fruit. We hiked the entire Sequoia-Bayview trail, but didn't find much in the way of huckleberries. On our way back, we finally found a jackpot right above the horse arena itself. DOH! I guess we were trying a little too hard.
Even though we didn't find any huckleberries on the trail itself, what we DID find when we went off trail was a wonderful hidden treasure. A TIRE SWING!!!! Freya and I decided to have a little Huck Fin Fun. It was so perfectly appropriate. Freya went first, and then I took a ride as well.
Unfortunately, my dismount was less than a perfect 10. It wasn't even a 6.75. No, although I may have scored a point for bravery, I'm afraid the judges would have just winced and held their breath. That terribly ungraceful dismount earned me 5-1/2 hours in the ER department. This is NOT how one's foot is supposed to look after a foraging trip.
The ER staff may have tried Freya's patience, but I was grateful to have her company as I awaited the x-ray results. Luckily, it doesn't appear that there are any broken bones. They made a splint formed to the shape of my leg and foot, wrapped it all up in an ace bandage, and then gave me a walking boot.
Oh so PRETTY! No, not the leg silly butt. I meant Freya. When I was ready to be discharged at 10:30 PM, Kate and Gail came to pick us up and drive my car home. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends!
24 hours later, Freya lovingly unwrapped the whole mess so we could have a look at the masterpiece I had so spontaneously created. Isn't it beautiful?
Uh, yeah... The deep purple is such a pleasing color. I actually think the swirl bruise that runs half way up my calf ending in wispy lines (damaged blood vessels?) looks wicked cool. Not that it feels that way though. I was in a world of hurt. But it's feeling better today. I can't wait until it turns green and yellow.
I still need to go visit a doctor from the orthopedic department as well as get a final read from the radiologist on the x-rays. But for now, I'm just trying to stay off of it and keep it elevated.