A Bloody Business

Yesterday, as we hiked a visitor out to catch her ferry home, I took a sudden fall, possibly the worst I’ve experienced here.

Falls are a constant danger on and around our homestead. We think about it a lot, and try to prevent incidents (see, for example, Missteps and Well Balanced). Even so, it happens.

I tripped on a tree root, as simple as that. But, when I hit the ground, I ripped up my knee. I swore a bit, picked myself up, and continued the hike, but investigated when my pants began to feel sticky. When I pulled up my pant leg, we found blood everywhere. By the time we got to town, blood had begun to soak through the double knee.

I've got a bit of a mess to clean up (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

I’ve got a bit of a mess to clean up (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

We went on to town, stopped at a grocery store for a roll of paper towels and supplies to augment our car First Aid kit, and went on to the ferry terminal. There we cleaned up and bandaged the knee.

I had about 4 abrasions, and one or two shallow¬†punctures that still make me shake my head in confusion, since the surface I fell on didn’t offer any sharp points that I saw. The copious bleeding surprised us all.

When we got home, I pulled the pants off and treated the bloody spots. I turned them inside out and took the included photo, just for the record.

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4 Responses to A Bloody Business

  1. Dick Pilz says:

    If the standard cold water wash doesn’t take out the stains, try some meat tenderizer or similar to treat the spots. Found this out dealing with post-operation incision drainage.

  2. Susan says:

    Hi Mark,

    Hope you are doing better – it is so much easier to bounce back from falls when you are six. FYI, I tried to buy some soap through Internet Explorer’s link to PayPal and it wouldn’t load. I was able to get a connection through Mozilla Firefox. I have no idea if that is a problem you can fix or not, but I thought I’d like you know. Happy Holidays and feel better!!!

  3. Mark Zeiger says:

    Hi Dick, great tip, thanks! Whatever Michelle gave me for it did the trick (Spray and Wash?). As you can imagine, with me as a husband and this homestead as a home, she’s an expert at removing stains!

  4. Mark Zeiger says:

    Hi Susan, thanks, I’ve bounced back. Most of the pain came from the sport tape holding the gauze on my hairy knee! It’s healing up nicely. I seem to have avoided any bruising or bashing, from which it would take me a lot longer to recover.

    Thanks for letting me know about Explorer! I’m a Mac user, so I have no good way to test the Website on Explorer. I have a few limited tricks I can try to widen the appeal.

    Michelle will put your order in the mail today, by the way. Thanks again! And, thanks for pursuing the purchase through the Website difficulties!

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