Fall of disgrace

I saw myself flying through the air, moments before I landed, face down, on the sidewalk. I felt my glasses leave my head right before I made contact with the ground, and my iPhone flew out of my hand. Two couples walking behind me rushed over to see if I was ok. I was nonplussed but nothing seemed to be broken–including my glasses– and I got up from the ground unaided.

My left knee, hand, cheekbone and upper lip were pretty bruised, but my teeth and bones were unharmed. Apparently, I used my right hand to break the fall, because it swelled dramatically and is black and blue. I can move the wrist but the thumb is stiff.

A few people advised me to rush to the doctor for x-rays,  but I’m  certain nothing is broken. I look vaguely like Marlon Brando after a fight On The Waterfront, but no matter. My cheek, jaw and wrist bones are intact and I didn’t poke my eye out. And what if I had crashed head first onto the cement sidewalk and died? My dear friend, Elline, cautioned me about a blood clot in my right hand, so I will go to a doc if the swelling doesn’t go down by Tuesday.

So here’s the moral of my story: When you’re walking, walk. Don’t  read and write emails, talk on the phone or concentrate on 50 other things. I was doing it all and walking Rigby at the same time. Another blessing: The leash never left my hand. If it had, Rigby most certainly would have made a b line for the nearest cat or NYC rodent and we’d probably never see him again.

I count my blessings not my bruises.

PS the only thing I wish I had broken was my nose so I could have had a free nose job.


0 Responses to “Fall of disgrace”

  1. Paulette says:


    Bless your heart!! I’m so glad you didn’t break anything. (not that pride doesn’t hurt when it gets broken) I think it’s time you slow down a little bit, smell a few more roses (preferably one at a time) and be good to yourself. Multi-tasking can be a good thing, and obviously, a not so good thing.

    Take care

  2. Cecile says:

    My dear Geri!!!!!

    OMG I feel so badly for you! I have been there! Not watching where I walk. My foot got cught under the front mat at Borders and I had an armful of books…the automatic sliding door opened and I landed sans sunglasses on the other side of the door, on my back, no purse, no books and amidst pedestrians in the Merrick Park Mall….. Two women helped me up; I could not walk… they picked up my handbag, glasses, etc. and called my daughter to come get me… what a mess!!
    Didn’t get x-rays. Mistake, because now, months later, when my knee hurts I am not sure if it is fall-related.

    Using your hand to break the fall: reflex and not good for the wrist bones which are so delicate. Please just for future peace of mind, have a full body scan. Make sure all is well…. you really were lucky you didn’t break a facial bone… and indeed, you look like you belong On the Waterfront! lol

    Ice the wrist and bruises.. Get well my dear friend!!!!

    Best wishes,


    Best wishes,

  3. Julianne says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you heal quickly! All my love to you, and can’t wait to see you at the Beauty Bash!


    • Geri says:

      hI sweetheart,

      can’t wait to see you on Saturday!


  4. sharon Segal says:

    Geri, Remember what happened to me last year? If you hit your head you should check that out. Luck you are only back and blue ! Stay safe. Sharon

    • Geri says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Of course I remember. I didn’t hit my head, thankfully. I was asking David about you last night. He told me you went back to Florida. I am definitely coming to visit this winter.

      oxo Geri

  5. Lisa says:

    I hope you recover very quickly.

    • Geri says:

      thank you my dear Lisa.

  6. Toby Wollin says:

    Actually, Geri – going down on one hand like that, you are lucky you did not break a wrist. A few bruises are nothing really.

    • Geri says:

      hi toby, i am lucky. have been taking actonel for a year, so hopefully it’s working. G.


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