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Cayley H

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This Story Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself…


     Breaking a toe is seriously one of the stupidest injuries you can have.  There is no way to tell someone about your injury and make it sound cool.  It just makes you feel stupid.

     I broke my toe on a Wednesday.  It was just like every other day, except for the excruciating pain in my little toe.  I had woken up late that morning and run downstairs to shower.  I had almost made it to the water when I slammed my toe into the side of our bathtub.  Naturally, I thought I had just stubbed my toe really bad, but when I felt it, I could feel that the bone was shoved back into my foot.

     I didn’t think it was that big of a deal at first.  I was going to take a shower, but it hurt really bad to stand.  I decided I needed to run a bath because my toe hurt so badly, so I sat down and turned the water down to the faucet below.  I sat there waiting for the tub to fill, in absolute pain, but I just couldn’t sit there.  I turned off the water and cried for a good five minutes because there was no way I could do anything.  Everything else in my mind was ruined.  My toe hurt like a thousand cars had run it over and, therefore, I couldn’t do anything.

     I decided to get out of the tub and tell my mom about it before she left for school so I crawled out of the tub to go sit on the couch and cry there.

     There is no denying that I was full on bawling my eyes out when my mom came down the stairs (because there was no way I was going up the stairs with my toe hurting so bad).  I thought I’d take the rational approach on explaining how my toe felt, but my mouth screamed out instead, “I think I broke my toe!”

     After I cried some more and my mom had called the hospital to schedule me an appointment, my dad came down the stairs and just sighed.  I knew it was really stupid that I stubbed my toe so bad I thought I broke it, and I certainly didn’t need him around to confirm it.  All he did was sigh and question me in a “that’s so stupid” voice, and then he went back to bed.

     I don’t really remember a lot about going to the hospital, only that, I now had enough tears to make an ocean and my toe still hurt really badly.  I do remember crawling up the stairs to get clothes and my phone, but that’s all.

     When we got to the hospital, my mom dropped me off at the entrance and I found the nearest bench to plop down on to wait for her.  We walked in together (well she walked, I hobbled).  We only were sitting down for a few minutes before they called me back to the patient room.  At this point I was crying not only because it still hurt, but also because I was realizing how funny and stupid this injury really was.

     The nurse did all the normal stuff when you get a checkup and asked me how I hurt my toe.  When the doctor came, she confirmed that I needed an x-ray to confirm that I had dislocated it (at this point, they thought I had just dislocated it or sprain it).

     I hobbled down the hallway, trying to keep up with the x-ray technician who walked a thousand miles an hour.  When we got to the room she had me lie down on the x-ray table and do a few different poses to try to get different views of my toe.

     Back in the patient room, the doctor came by and confirmed that I had dislocated my toe.  She then revealed that I would have to wear this ugly half shoe/half boot thing on my foot for a minimum of a month.  But first, she wanted to get another x-ray to just make sure that I didn’t break it.

     So again, I hobbled back to the x-ray room, except this time the technician walked a little slower (she finally realized that I was kind of hurt or something).  When I laid down on the table she told me that she would have to do some taping.  Let me tell you, when an x-ray technician tells you that they need to tape your toes to the table to separate them for a better x-ray, it’s going to hurt.  She wrapped the tape around all the toes except my injured ones and pulled them to the side of the table and taped them there; this kind of hurt because there was resistance against my injured toe.  Next, she wrapped tape to my pinky toe and pulled it to the side of the table like the other.  Man, did it hurt!  I couldn’t help but whimper and squirm when she did it.  The moment when she released my toes was heaven, even though my toe still hurt.

     We could finally go home after the 2½ hour doctor visit.  Since we were in town, we stopped at Subway so I wouldn’t starve for lunch (#winning).

     When we got home, I was hysterical.  My injury was a joke.  And I was missing school for it.  How dumb.  For the rest of the day, I just slept and laughed at my stupid toe.

     Looking back, I realize that there will never be any cool way to tell people how I broke my toe, and the boot/shoe is definitely chic (SARCASM!).  On the upside, at least I now have a really wicked bruise!


Comments (27)

James said

at 3:01 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I haven't broke a toe but i have stubbed it a few times. Good deets!!

Bethany P. said

at 3:02 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I like how the use of the hashtag makes it relatable to us.

Mallory B said

at 3:05 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I liked your details about the x-ray tech finally realizing that you were hurt and she should prooobably slow down!

cody o said

at 3:09 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I know how you feel about how stupid xray people can be. My finger twice the usual size and bent over in pain. "So what is the problem today?"

Meghan O said

at 3:10 pm on Feb 29, 2012

Ouch! The hashtags were awesome! Good work!

Sam K said

at 3:13 pm on Feb 29, 2012

You did a good job of describing the pain and your crying.

Kynzee O said

at 3:13 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I can sure relate to the injuries! Doesnt sound so fun.

Carly L. said

at 3:16 pm on Feb 29, 2012

It's nice to see Twitter has taught you a lot. I know this story gives good detail because it makes my toe hurt.

cody t said

at 3:21 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I like how you make an experience that wasn't very funny for you into a funny story, nice job.

Carly M said

at 10:15 am on Mar 1, 2012

I like how you gave details of everything that happened to you that day, good job!

rebecca b said

at 2:10 pm on Mar 1, 2012

great details on every thing that happened.

Ashley G. said

at 2:18 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Wow, Great Details, sounds painful. Like how it ended with you having hysterics. (=

Shauna K said

at 2:22 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Nice work on details on how you broke it and your reaction to it.

Nick B. said

at 2:33 pm on Mar 1, 2012

The title cracks me up!

Grant W said

at 2:46 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Good details on the x-ray. I have had the same experiences.

Dawn T. said

at 2:46 pm on Mar 1, 2012

When you said you bone was shoved back into your foot it made me cringe. I liked the sarcasm and word choice. Nice job Cales.

Geordan H said

at 2:53 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like how you described the pain of your toe.

Nathan G. said

at 2:58 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Great detail, and good use of sarcasm

Chris T said

at 2:59 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked how you described the event, and how bad it hurt, but you still felt dumb for doing it.

Jodi S said

at 2:59 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked all the details you can create a good picture in your mind!

Alison M said

at 3:05 pm on Mar 1, 2012

This story makes me laugh because I totally know what you mean when you get a "dumb" injury and I think you felt better once you had some awesome friends come visit you (:

Lexi M. said

at 3:05 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like all the details you gave about what happened to you. Nice job.

Sydney B said

at 3:05 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked how you were able to joke about breaking your toe.

Mike B said

at 3:07 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like your details about the pain you went through.

Jenna H. said

at 3:12 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I can tell how painful this must have been! Great details of describing what you did after you broke it.

Logan D said

at 3:13 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I have broken a bone and it is not fun. I know your pain. Good job.

Amy D said

at 3:14 pm on Mar 1, 2012

The whole time I was reading this all I could think of is when I was sick. I kept thinking that maybe I wasn't really sick and that I was just over-reacting! I also had to get x-rays of my throat and then they sent me to Iowa City. By that time I knew it was for real and that I wasn't just being a baby, haha.

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