Monday, July 18, 2011


Last year for my birthday, I got a spiffy cane.

This year for my birthday, I got a nice relaxing day in bed.

By that I mean; last year I broke down and gave into my pain, and finally started using a cane, even though I should have been using one for a while by that point.

And this year, I was so allergic to everything, I had to take Benadryl so I could breathe and when that kicked in, I was so dizzy, I had to go back to bed, and forego all attempts of a "Birthday Party."

So sunday rolled around, and I tried Birthday Party 2.0, which consisted of going to the Calgary Stampede, on the last day, so I could watch some fireworks. Hubby and I walked around for about 2 hours, then when the fireworks were about to start, we climbed 2 flights of stairs and found a nice place to stand and watch the fireworks. The thing is, even though walking around slowly for 2 hours didn't bother my hip, standing for about 10 minutes caused a lovely dislocation, and I went smashing into the pavement, landing on my knee. Stood up, and sarted the slow, slow trek back to the car... Wishing the entire way that I had brought my cane, even though I didn't need it until I fell.

Oh, and I totally missed the fireworks, and the only game I'm actually any good at, they don't have there anymore.

But, YAY, I made it one more year... I'm a whole 24 years old now... Why do I feel like those numbers should be reversed, and doubled?


Bendy_Clutz said...

aww big hugs! And Happy Birthday!! Wishing you the best new year possible! stupid standing...its so over-rated..

Josh Wagner said...

Don't start over estimating your years yet I would stick with just doubling it for right now. Hope that you did have fun while things where going well. Sending hugs and hope you feel better.

saurou said...

A big happy birthday and a bigger hug to you, my friend! Sorry you had such a hard time of it. Isn't it stupid how strolling along can be super manageable but as soon as we have to stand still for a minute, down we go?
Probably not the funnest advice--but since I've starting using my cane full-time, I've had a lot less falls. I mean, I usually need it anyway, but even the days I don't technically need it to walk, I still take it so that inevitably when my ankle rolls or my hip pops out, I have something to keep me from falling and making it worse from hitting the ground so hard. And then it's there to help me limp about afterward. This is what works for me. I hope you find something that works for you. Hope you feel better soon!

BubbleGirl said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

I agree, standing is entirely over-rated.

I would certainly go for just doubling my own age, but my gramma, who is almost 4 times my age, seems to be having the exact same dificulties with her joints, and declining energy levels. And I did have fun for the 2 hours of wandering before my hip gave out, but it certainly does put a damper on things.

I was very close to taking my cane with me, but I had a feeling that it would be more of a hindrace in the extreme crowds we were dealing with. It's hard enough dealing with the crowds, and the people bumping into me, but with a cane, I would have probably whacked someone with it, or smashed some toes, or had someone trip over it, and send me sprawling across the pavement. I chose what I thought at the time to be the lesser of two evils. I was wrong.

Achelois said...

you will be relieved to know that I have no spoons to write a long comment as usual.


my dream birthday would be spent asleep in bed....

Xan said...

Happy (belated) Birthday from a fellow EDS Spoonie who happily lurks on your blog! I've all but given up on celebrating my birthday on the actual day-of-my-birth since life (read: being a gimp) seems to get in the way. I hope your allergies have given you a break since and that you've been able to enjoy yourself. And I'm with Saurou on caning--in my case, bracing + using the "staff" leads to fewer falls and less time spent patching myself up or in the OR. And when I'm in a crowded place, I can always use it to nudge my way through a crowd! ;)

Anonymous said...

happy belated birthday :)