Many of you have been asking about my status as I've been healing for the past couple of weeks, so I thought I'd give an update here.
First of all, what actually happened to me in the first place:
I slid on the ice on my front stoop, careened into the railing, and the momentum flipped me over the railing. I fell about 8 feet and landed on my head and shoulder. My dog saved my life by being alert and barking like a maniac, and my roommate saved my life by finding me in the snow and dragging me to the hospital despite my protestations that I was fine. I spent three days in Ellis hospital so that they could observe the bleeding on my brain and the concussion. I also had a large gash in my scalp that they closed with seventeen staples, and I separated the AC joint in my right shoulder. That popped back on its own after a few days and is slowly on the mend.
The cerebral hemorrhaging cleared up fairly quickly. The staples came out of my head last Thursday, and the wound is healing well. I have some residual headaches from the concussion, but they're not terrible. I still have a lot of pain in my shoulder, but it gets a little better every day.
The pain is still pretty consistent, and I get tired much more quickly than usual, so I'm functioning at about 60% at this point. On the plus side, I have increased understanding for those who suffer chronic pain, and this has forced me to slow down enough that I have to think hard about my priorities for each day and what I am capable of doing. More thoughtful and intentional living was one of my goals for 2011, so I guess I can't complain too much if God needed me to be literally smacked in the head to accomplish it. As the doctors remarked in the hospital, apparently I have a very hard head.
At this point, I am able to drive very short distances, type, and do basically everything that doesn't require me to lift or pull anything with my right arm. I'm getting really good with my left hand.
Many thanks to everyone who visited, drove me around, brought me meals, sent cards, and prayed for me during this time. It has been really wonderful to know that you are all out there and thinking about me!