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Friday Fun! (PSA: Never Run for the Bus. Ever.)

Hello my lovely readers!

So today was the 100 year anniversary of Yankee/Red Sox rivalry.  This is totally awesome, but the game was at 3pm when I was at work. ALAS I commute right through Kenmore (where Fenway Park is), just about when the games that start at 3 tend to get over.  Knowing this, I decided to walk from my lovely place of employment to Kenmore where I would hopefully be able to catch a bus home.

So there I was.  Walking along.  Listening to one of my all-time favorite songs “Sexy and I Know It,” when in the distance I saw that my bus was boarding.  My natural Bostonian inclination was to sprint for the bus.

Wrong. Decision.

I have no idea what happened.  Maybe my feet slid around in my shoes because of my nylons.  Maybe the sidewalk was uneven.  Maybe I am just an incredibly klutzy mess. Regardless, I tripped my feet up and went flying a couple of feet (I am not exaggerating) onto my hands and knees. But mostly my knees.

Immediately an incredibly sweet young lady about my age stopped to see if I was ok.  I thought I was, since, well, adrenaline had kicked in.  But when I tried to get up, it hurt.  Three more people stopped, including two BU students and a fabulous southern gentleman who was a tourist in my city.  They gave me water and tissues for the blood.  One identified herself as a medical student and pointed out that I needed stitches.  I argued that I was fine and poked me knee, at which point one of the girls almost passed out.

It turns out what I was poking was my own “subcutaneous fat.”  Trust me.  It hurt a LOT later when the adrenaline wore off.

These awesome strangers convinced me to go to the ER to get stitched up.  They flagged down a cab, gave him directions, and one of them almost insisted on coming with me, although I managed to argue that I would be fine, it was just stitches.

At the ER, they plopped me into a wheelchair and everyone basically glanced at me and said “Oh honey,” accompanied by a head shake.

I told the nurse that the Red Sox had wiped out worse than me.  *snort*

So I got 4 stitches, which was an entirely new experience.  It felt…..weird.  You’re numb so it doesn’t hurt, but you still feel *things* dragging along underneath your skin.

Also, they told me I can’t do anything rough on my knee for 10 to 14 days.  No spinning, running, squats, etc…. *sighs*  What’s a fitspo gal to do?

On a serious note though, major thank yous to the strangers who stopped to help me.  This single lady seriously appreciates it.  Especially since I  was adrenaline high and may not have had the foresight to drag my butt to the ER on my own.  You guys were great, and I wish I had some iota of an idea as to who you are.  People could easily have laughed at the gal going flying across the sidewalk running to catch the bus.  Instead you stopped and helped, and that is seriously awesome.

  1. April 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Wow! I am glad you are OK. Maybe you need to walk around in sneakers like NYC people do…

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks hon! Yeah, I was surprised a) at how bad it was and b) at how much the nearby people cared. Although physically I’m meh, I feel a lot more good feelings toward people now.

  2. April 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Aww, yay for nice people! I was recently in Boston and went to a dinner at restaurant from which I could see Fenway Park, and in my mind’s eye, that’s exactly where you were.

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      🙂 I’m sure it was close by! Where did you go?

      • April 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        The OtherSide on Newbury Street. It was yummy.

      • April 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        Eee they’re so good!! Love that place. And yes this happened just a few blocks away from there.

  3. April 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Really really glad you’re ok! I had a horrid experience falling while jogging in Minneapolis, and had to walk my bloody legs home. I apssed dozens of people. Not one asked if I was ok. Granted I was walking so they probably figured I was ok, but still. Bleeding. Sigh.

    • April 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you, hon! I can’t believe no one asked if you were ok. What a horrible thing!!

  4. April 23, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I refuse to run for buses, mainly because British bus drivers have the bad rap for purposely driving off when they see someone really wants to get on, but your story has just reinforced my opinion never to run in general. Glad to hear your ok and had people who were willing to help.

    • April 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

      …..that is horrifying! See, in Boston, generally the entire bus yells at the driver to stop for someone running for it. Generally, but not always.

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