Huckleberry Boo Boo

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.

6 Response to "Huckleberry Boo Boo"

Anonymous Says:

Wow, Nice Huckleberry color. Hope your foot gets better soon.

Gene Says:

Ouch! I think that's beyond "boo boo" to a full-fledged "owie". I hope you're feeling better soon.

michele Says:

glad you found the huckleberries and sorry to hear about your foot!

doozee Says:

but glad you got those berries. they look pretty fantastic

Erin Says:

There's nothing like a gardening injury. I realize that technically it was a tire swing injury, but let's pretend. I don't think I've EVER had that much black on any part of my body. I give you a whopping 10 out of 10.

Practical Parsimony Says:

That looks nasty. An MRI will probably reveal tears that need to be repaired in order to not have a lasting injury. I never break anything. I just tear stuff.