Well, now I have the Twitter feed it almost seems pointless to write new posts as you can all just see what’s going on from the sidebar. So you all know I twisted my ankle very badly Sunday night while walking down a badly lit street with uneven paving. That would be a lawsuit waiting to happen if this was the US of A, but in China you’d be laughed out of court.
The pain was so bad I had to just stand in the street rubbing my ankle for 10 minutes. I was 200 metres from my home on my way to dinner, looking for a taxi. I thought of cancelling dinner, but it would have been impossible to walk back home and easier to hail a taxi and go to dinner anyway. Of course, I was late and my friends had chosen to sit upstairs!
I can now walk only very slowly and cannot put any weight on my right foot. I must have looked funny walking around the office with a limp because on my way back from my second visit to the bathroom, several people could contain their laughter no longer and burst out laughing simultaneously. I’ve made a mental note of who those people are, so they can kiss any hope of promotion goodbye till the end of the decade …. oh wait, it’s 2009 …. ok, the end of the NEXT decade!
It’s given me a whole new perspective though, having taken for granted being able to walk at a swift pace. Simple tasks like chasing down a taxi is now impossible. And I could have sworn several taxi drivers today drove right passed me as they saw me limping, thinking I’d be too much trouble.
And then after work, carrying my laptop bag, I suddenly became so conscious that anyone could just grab my bag and WALK away and I’d never be able to catch them. One shifty looking character was walking behind me down a side street. I held on even more tightly to my bag and stopped to let him pass me and only started to feel more comfortable when I could see him ahead of me rather than behind.
The 10 minute walk to get from subway line 8 to line 2 in rush hour is definitely out of the question in my current condition, so I’ve ordered a taxi for 9.15am tomorrow morning. The taxi company can’t do it any earlier as it’s rush hour and there’s always a shortage of taxis until after 9am.
And I’ve picked up other injuries as a direct result of the primary injury. I strained my shoulder muscle at dinner trying to put my shoe and sock back on (long story) and bruised my behind getting in to a taxi because my right foot wasn’t strong enough to support my body weight to allow my to gently lower myself in to the taxi.
Some people have been scaring me in to going to the hospital to get an x-ray. I really don’t have time to line up in a Chinese hospital as it’s a busy week, but I just might have to if things don’t get any better, although I am 80% sure all I need is to rest the ankle and it will heal itself when the swelling dies down.
Obviously, my Tuesday workout session at the gym will have to be cancelled. I guess it’ll be a few weeks at least before I can run again. I’ll have to think of alternative ways of burning off a few calories, suggestions welcomed.
The good news is, I should have more time to post blogs as I won’t be out much this week (sorry ladies, I’ll make it up to you!).