Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Skiing Lesson

Before the fall...




I am ready for anything, will try everything at least once, and if I really, really want something, I won't give up until I get it. My friends will tell you that my middle name is "Game!"

For the Easter weekend we decided to go skiing. A sport I had decided I adored, despite two factors that would have made anyone else think otherwise: I come from the tropics, where if it snowed it meant that the end of the world was nigh, and I'd only done it once before, and then just for two hours. This time I had three entire days! By day number three, gung-ho creature that I am, I felt I was ready to go up the steep red slopes. I glided down nice and easy. Once on the easier blue, however, I fell badly, hit my chin with a ski and got up feeling a throbbing in my right knee. I was determined, so despite that I felt my jaw going numb and my ears ringing, I pushed off. It took my husband noticing that my chin was dripping blood to make me stop.

Trips to the first-aid station for a band-aid and to the café for a Coke Light later, I was insisting that I was okay. Convincing myself that my knee was only mildly uncomfortable, I got on the lifts again. Bad move. Doing an easy turn, I felt the knee do a double clack and fold up on me. No amount of stubborn pushing myself could do anything--the knee had had enough of skiing.

These days I'm looking like the bride of Frankenstein, with a stitch on my chin and a hideous contraption on my right leg. I’m told that if I hadn’t forced it that second time, my knee would have been okay after a good night’s sleep. Instead the doctor has forbidden me sports for ten days. Quite an unnecessary reminder, really, as right now all I can manage to do is hobble from bedroom to kitchen with much difficulty.

Eastertime lesson: While “Game!” is good, one should also have the wisdom to know when to call a Time Out.

12 comments:

houseonthebeach said...

ati! ok ka naman ngayon?!

haze said...

Naku Apol you need to be very careful co'z I still have a knee-problem, got that from Taekwondo ! Katakawan kasi mag practice so had cross ligament now I am prohibited to do any sports except swimming...unstable knee! Still thinking if I will operate them so I can start the sport I love doing. Pero sabi nga ng friend namin kailangan lang daw ulit i-muscled to get back to normal! So how do you feel now ? I hope you will be okay :)! Belated Happy Easter Apol !

Makis said...

Hey, hope it's nothing serious with your knee, especially the chin - the beauty, sister!

Leah said...

oh my, pagaling ka agad. Lots of TLC from your biker boy I'm sure.

The sight is really great, too bad for the fall.

katrina said...

I hpoe your knee gets better really soon. Being immobile can be such a hassle.

Good for you on the skiing skills, though! I tried it only once, for one day, and sucked. I could never leave the beginner's slope and the next day every inch of my body was in pain. So congratulations on making it to the steep slope so quickly!

decorator said...

pagaling ka atih...

mcsister said...

Hello, Apol the Ski Bunny, how cosmic! I hurt my knees din today - four days after Easter. But not on a ski slope but while trying to climb up a downward escalator in a mall. Don't ask!

Get better soon! Hugs, M

apol said...

Hi EVERYONE! The knee is a lot better now, and I'm praying it will be super okay by Saturday as I have a party to go to and I intend to dance :)

P.S. MAKIS, isa sa mga unang tanong ko sa (pagkacute-cute na) first-aider: "Hindi naman kaya ako madi-disfigure?" Natawa siya...

sasha said...

Hi Apol! Napadpad from a kapitbahay... it's good to know na ok na ang knee mo. Game ka pala sa mga ganyan! Mabuti na lang nothing really bad happened to you :)

Careful na lang next time. Have a great weekend!

Arashi-KIshu said...

Yuck! I hate injury stories. Hope you're ok now.

A friend of Thomas had to be operated on and was bedridden for 14 days because of knee injuries. Kaya ingat!

Len said...

Hello Apol, isa na ako sa fans mo ngayon reading your blogs :-) I got your message on my chatterbox and I want to thank you - yes, I am very interested to read any information on culture shock and would really appreciate if you could share it with me. How can I send you an email? I've got no way of contacting you except to leave a message on your blog. By the way, I love what you wrote on your 'About Me' section, it was so funny! I was at work when I first had a glimpse of your blogsite and I shared it with a colleague and she thought it was funny too! - Len

apol said...

Hey, SASHA, the weekend was terrific!

KATIE, I hatehatehate being sick. [Not that I know anyone who enjoys it :)]

Hey, LEN. Let me know your e-mail address at apollejano@yahoo.com