A tree that’s been impossible for us to get down came down today. On me. I was on the tractor. I first felt it hit my head, then it must have hit the roll bar, because I was slowly crushed into the steering wheel. I managed to pull myself out (it was really hard because it knocked the wind out of me and was crushing down hard) then I fell onto the snow.
We tried to evaluate the situation, but when I couldn’t get up, Frank called 911. The Marlow team responded and then called in the paramedics. What an awful ride on bumpy dirt roads. They can’t give me anything for pain because I’m allergic to all opiate derivatives. Sucks.
What actually broke in my back is all sort of fuzzy, so I asked Frank to write it down:
She fractured the transverse process (one of the little wing like thingies that stick out on each side) on 4 vertebrae, the lowest thoracic and three lumbar vertebrae.
She also vertically fractured the main body of the second lowest lumbar vertebra. I saw the cat scan, and it looks like a piece of stove wood split off the side of a big log, in scale, a splinter.
I decided not to stay overnight in the hospital. We don’t have health insurance and I’m not in as bad shape as I was when I was rammed by a ram. They say these will heal on their own. I just need to take it easy for the next month. I want to find the back brace I used when I got rammed. They gave me a couple of things to try to manage the pain, but if the lighter stuff won’t cut it, I’ll just go on opiates and combine it with Benydryl. That sucks but it does work.
In the meantime, OW. Also? Roll bars are really good things.