Tuesday, February 3, 2015

KEEP Your Nose out of It!!

Famous last words, I know. And almost fightin' words!

August 7, 2014 All excited for our week long visit to Silver Creek RV Resort, Silver Lake, Michigan.
Once a year retreat
whether we need it or not.
Our Jayco Designer is packed up and ready to go bright and early. Check-in is 3 pm.

Double-checking my list.

Dog  checkmark-24-black
Clemson, seatbelt on, ready to go.

                 cross border list    checkmark-24-black                           
  • Animal fat / suet: up to 20 kg
  • Baked goods, candies, etc. not containing meat: up to 20 kg
  • Dairy (cheese / milk / butter): up to 20 kg, not exceeding $20 total
  • Frozen or canned fruits / vegetables:  Fruits: up to 15 frozen packages or 15 cans, not exceeding 250 kg
  • Vegetables: up to 20 kg of frozen or chilled vegetables
  • Fresh fruits / vegetables: This is where people seem to run into the most trouble. There are some fruits and vegetables that you can technically bring across , but there are many restrictions. 
  • Eggs: 2 dozen                   etc.                                                                                                                                                  bicycle  checkmark-24-black   

Folding 6 speed, Love it!
                                                                         Bill  checkmark-24-black

                                                                                                       camera and purse   checkmark-24-black

After stopping at Camping World in Grand Rapids, dropping our payment and leaving with a bunch of new goods, (it seems like a payment, always buying more than we plan) we arrive at S.C.RV R. in good time.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day and the day is young! Our friends, Nancy and Ken have not arrived yet from Antioch, Il.

2015 set up with Jayco Designer and Ford 250 K.R.
So I settle outside in my gravity chair, face to the sun (as usual) and relax with Clemson on my lap.

Rod extender to turn knob
We bought a few things at C.W. and some needed ‘assembly’, a folding bike for Bill, like mine above and a rod extension for our exhaust fan in the kitchen area. Easy peasy so you say.

As I said, sitting, relaxing. In my birds-eye view into the trailer I see my worker bee climbing on 2 stools, one on top of the other. These are the C.W. foldable stools. Sturdy? Yes. This is an accident waiting to happen, methinks, so I move the dog, get up and go in and give said worker a talking to. “Are you trying to break your neck and leave me a widow?” Or something to that effect.

Once he explains that he had to remove the current handle on the fan and replace it with the newly purchased knob, I offer my assistance.  Reluctantly, I prop myself on my knees, hands positioned to brace the legs of the top smaller stool to the flat top corners of the base stool.

There was no video taken of this momentus event..........so please don't mind my attempt with my untalented hand at stick people, this drawing to make it all clear.
 He proceeds to step on the top stool at the same time I’m watching the stool shift and thinking “this is NOT going to work”. The thoughts hadn’t even formed fully in my head when the stool slips, Bill falls towards the sink and stairs and the stool edge very poignantly connects with the bridge of my schnoz. We couldn't have planned such precision if we had tried.

                                              I hear a crack and double up in pain. YOWSA!!

You don’t need to hear about the gory details, but I can tell you it all involved ice packs, tears then sobs, apologies (from both of us!) lots of Kleenexes. With no further delay, we were en route to the hospital in Shelby, MI.

When the bleeding subsided on the way, and the tears slowed, it only took a glance in the mirror to start me up all over again. LOL A broken nose??? Are you freaking kidding me? I’m almost 60 without a single broken bone and there ya go…………I think Bob from The Caretaker Chronicles wrote a post on saying things like that just last week.  thecaretakerchronicles.blogspot.com

                                          We are Canadians  
 and this was our first experience in an out of country hospital. (Another Bob-ism?) Let me say this slowly………they………….were…………amazing!! Small town hospital versus our big city hospital? Worth repeating...........amazing!   www.mercyhealthmuskegon.com

We walked into emerg, were taken in within 10 minutes tops, saw 5 or 6 various staff plus a doctor and within 2 hours I had x-ray results and we were on our way. No significant break, just a hairline fracture. When asked we showed our insurance cards. Our only complaint is that instead of taking the time to call right away, the nurse took our information and said she would just submit it for us. This slowed the process.

As far as me? Well, I was good to go although I now sported a crook in my nose.
Two hours after, swollen

Not quite the 'nose job' I would have chosen for myself, I'll tell you that!

So far only a wee bruise

I knew the next day would bring black eyes and bruising and I’d be a sight for sore eyes for the remainder of our stay. This was indeed true and the questioning looks were embarrassing but it didn’t ruin our vacation…..at all.

A little pampering never hurts
The fallout of this, months later, is that we are still waiting to be reimbursed for the x-ray and doctor’s bill. Maybe it was our negligence but for these short trips we do not purchase extra out of country insurance. We have Manulife coverage through our employer. Would it have gone smoother and been cleared up earlier if we had put money out for extra coverage? Who knows. Manulife www.manulife.ca is coming through for us now and that is all that matters. If this was a test, did we pass?

In 2015 before we go we will follow the same practice. We did learn that it was unnecessary to visit the hospital in this instance, they really did nothing anyway. Next time we’ll be more thorough in our examination of what is wrong before we go to emerg.

The positive? I’m happy to say that our new trailer has a remote to turn the exhaust fan on and off. Insert happy dance here. :)

I’ve also forbidden my dear sweet handy man husband from climbing on anything that is double stacked and he has forbidden me from being anywhere near him if he chooses to ignore my ever-wise words.

Glasses don’t sit on my nose properly anymore………..I thought they were just out of alignment, but no........... it’s me who is out of alignment.
A lovely dinner out before out week ended

Our week went off without anymore hitches, and we had a wonderful time with our friends. I wore sunglasses where I felt it helped stave off questioning looks and hung on tight to Bill to dispel any doubts.
yup, definitely a crook there!

Lookin' pretty rough

Ken and Nancy relaxing by the fire with a glass of wine.
Thanks for stopping in for a read and stay off the dangerous course! It's not worth it!


  1. Loge your nose, and that things are moving forward.

    1. Hey George.........not sure what you mean there, but thank you, I think! :) All is well. If I walk on a tilt, everything is perfect!

  2. As your title says, you should have kept "Your nose out of it" love you for caring though>

  3. Oh dear, the story was quite funny, including your hand drawn depiction, but then the smile was wiped off my face when I saw your poor face. Ouchies!! Looks like it really hurt.

    1. Once again, it is okay to laugh, as we do now about it. It is a great story to tell, no? Ha ha. The nose still has a crick in it but no more discomfort other than when I stare in the mirror at it. :)