Maria takes a fall!

After a year or so of going to aerobics, I have never seen anyone have a nasty accident – the odd slip on the ground, or from a step here and there, resulting in a tumble or a twisted ankle but nothing serious.

Yesterday, Maria ended up a few rows behind the rest of us, and as I knew she thought she was coming down with a sore throat I looked back to see how she was doing. She was sitting on the step, not looking very happy with herself. I thought “crap she must be feeling tired or something” and gave a quick thumbs-up, to which I received a negative response and a forlorn glance at her feet. “Ah! She must have twisted her ankle. I’m sure she will be fine”. I looked back a few more times, but she wasn’t getting up.

Early in the class its hard to get the attention of an instructor or Richie, so it took some time before one of the instructors, Martin went to help her. When I saw that I was relieved. Until at least I noticed that Maria couldn’t walk even with Martin’s assistance and eventually had to be carried off the court by Martin and another girl. At this stage I was rather worried. And its hard to do aerobics when your mind is elsewhere.

At a convenient time I went over to see if she was ok. The lads had her seated on a chair with her foot elevated and she seemed fine, if a bit down. Essentially I said that once she felt better and she collected her gear then if she waited for us outside I would tell Eoin to give her a lift home after the class. I could do this because A) I knew that Eoin would of course give Maria a lift home if she was injured and B) it isn’t really a situation where one asks “if it would not be an awfully great inconvenince then maybe you wouldn’t mind possibly offering Maria a lift home after the class”. In any case Eoin offered at once to drive Maria home, even if he admitted later he hadn’t noticed anything untoward happening earlier – he had in fact initially assumed I had gone to get water. Eoin can be a bit oblivious sometimes.

During the class Richie, Martin, another instructor and some of the Arena people checked in with Maria and got ice for her ankle and bandaged it etc. During the break We were chatting to Maria again and she said that while she should be able to limp to the car, she probably wouldn’t be able to collect her gear as well. So I approached Jackie another aerobics regular, who we also know through yoga, filled her in on what was happening and asked her if she would talk to Maria after the class with a view to collecting her gear etc. Jackie was more than happy to help and even volunteered to drive Maria home, if we did not have a lift already. A number of other aerobic regulars who noticed Maria’s distress also came over to check on her, which was nice.

Eoin and I went to change etc after the class. We commented that if Maria was still in distress more than an hour after the incident then she may have some thing more serious than a twisted ankle. But also that she was likely to be a stubborn patient and would be unlikely to want to go to hospital at this stage. Which proved to be the case.

Hilarity ensued as we tried to manage numerous bags, an umbrella and a hopping Maria out of the gym, up some steps and to Eoin’s car. We were able to bully Maria into letting us into her house, where we made some tea, engaged in witty banter and repartee and more or less kept her entertained until Maria’s housemate Colin turned up, parking annoying close to Eoin’s car. Then we went home.

This morning I rang Maria about 11ish to see how she was. She still can’t put weight on her foot and even the weight of the bedclothes caused some distress last night,. So she is getting Colin to drive her to A&E to get everything checked out.

UPDATE: Maria was in St Johns and did the whole x-ray etc rigmarole. She has a sprained ankle and will be on crutches for a week. After that no exercise for 4-6 weeks.

Looks like I am without a yoga buddy for a while. Still it means I should beat her at our christmas run this year .

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    It’s probably too late now but she should go to St. Johns in town NOT the regional. St. Johns is an altogether more pleasant experience not to mention faster.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    “Still it means I should beat her at our christmas run this year “

    Oh my oh my…now thats not very nice! She’ll floor you anyday…even on crutches….go maria!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    *looks around for defender of her honour*

    Yeah, Mike, Id beat you with crutches… Hehe
    The same way Billy gets beaten with a spanner..
    I miss the spanner.. :’(

    The ankle feels a bit better, cant put all my weight on it, but getting there. Hopefully I’ll be rid of said crutches by the weekend. They are most annoying. But my condition is made much more bearable with the consumption of vast quantities of CHOCOLATE!! Yay!!!

  4. mgb Says:

    If you can’t do any exercise until the new year then maybe CHOCOLATE is a bad idea…

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