Yesterday I discovered that it’s probably NOT a good idea to exercise BOTH body and mind at the same time. Now that Spring hath sprung, I have been taking daily walks. Usually I listen to books-on-tape or read fiction while I walk, something I have done for years and gotten quite good at. I can see the edge of the road in my peripheral vision as I read and have never experienced a problem before. (I DO look up and pay attention when a car comes, btw…) But yesterday I received a used copy of a classic archaeology book in the mail about religion in the Ancient Near East and I just couldn’t wait to read it. So arming myself with a pencil to mark important spots, off I went. Apparently reading NONfiction takes more concentration than reading fiction, because after walking about a half mile, my left foot went off the edge of the pavement in a place where it had built up pretty high in comparison to the dirt on the shoulder…and down I went. I spent several minutes writhing in pain and then realized I had to get up and hobble my way back home…on my injured ankle! Pain…pain…pain… Mr.C. actually passed me in his dump truck, but because he was coming from behind me and because I was limping…he didn’t realize it was me and went right past me!! While I am thankful he doesn’t pick up strange women on the side of the road, I really DID wish he had given me a ride back!
But nothing is broken and I just have to remain in an air splint and on crutches for a week. It is turning out to be quite problematic, however. How do I transport books from the office to the living room? How do I carry my coffee and breakfast into the living room in the AM? And then there are household tasks…carrying laundry, ironing, picking up, vacuuming, making meals, etc. that are just beyond me right now without a little help. We’re on spring break from school this week and I HAD intended to do some badly needed catching up (especially work on my paper for Greek, exegeting I Peter 3:18-22…I’ll let you know if I become the first person in the modern world to be able to exegete this passage definitively ;)…), so it looks like I’ll be FORCED to read and study since that is the only thing I can do right now while keeping my foot up. That’s what I wanted, right…?