How I broke my toe

Late Friday afternoon I spoke on the phone to a woman about a cat she owned a few years ago. She recently applied to adopt a new cat from the animal rescue where I volunteer and I needed to find out what veterinarian she used.

As we were chatting, I realized she sounded like someone β€” Linda Belcher from the animated series “Bob’s Burgers.” I’m not a major fan; I’ve only seen it a few times. But the voice resemblance was so strong that I couldn’t stop laughing after we hung up, and I ran up the basement stairs to tell Mike about it.

 

 

I don’t normally run up the stairs β€”which aren’t carpeted, by the way β€” but I did this time in my exuberance. And I broke my toe.

I screamed and hopped around then I fell down and screamed some more. Mike checked it out and deemed it broken. (Since he’s an Eagle Scout, I tend to believe him when it comes to stuff like this.)

It was bruised, swollen and a little crooked. I couldn’t walk without limping, and I still can’t. It’s my first broken bone.

I Googled it and found that going to a doctor would probably be a waste of time since it wouldn’t be splinted. The next day, after a painful trip to Trader Joe’s during which I actually started to cry in the produce section, I kept it elevated and iced. Mike wrapped it in an ace bandage to keep the swelling down.

I spoke to the Linda sound-alike a few more times. I ended up approving her application and on Saturday she adopted a kitten from the off-site adoption center at Petsmart where I volunteer β€” our 200th adoption! (We opened this adoption center in April 2014, so that’s 200 cats in a year and a half! It’s an exciting milestone.)

I realized I still had a voice mail from the Linda sound-alike on my phone and played it for Mike.

Me: “See! Doesn’t she sound just like Linda?!”

Mike: “Uh, maybe a little. Actually, not really.”

Oh.

Great.

Sigh.

 

I was going to share a photo of my toe, but it's too gross and I don't want to scare you away.
I was going to share a photo of my toe, but it’s too gross and I don’t want to scare you away.

6 Comments

  1. said:

    Oh, you poor thing! I broke my toe once, tripping over something. I did go to the ER, I was a teenager and was forced πŸ™‚

    It’s true, they do absolutely nothing except take all your money.

    October 27, 2015
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    • said:

      Yeah, between the time and the copay, it didn’t seem worth it…

      October 29, 2015
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  2. Awwww…. that stinks about your toe!! I hope you feel better soon. That said, your story definitely had me laughing. πŸ™‚

    October 26, 2015
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    • said:

      Haha! I’m glad! I’m so clumsy, it’s embarrassing.

      October 29, 2015
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  3. I love this! Not your pain or anything, but that it was over such a silly reason πŸ™‚ If it makes you feel any better, I once broke my toe in exuberance too – I ran into the bedroom to tell my husband something funny, and caught my pinky toe in this crazy industrial-sized fan. I broke it again on my wedding day. Or rather, my husband broke it, accidentally. It never quite laid down the same way again, so it was sticking out at an odd angle and he kicked it. I broke it a third time, but I can’t even remember how. My point is: even though the doctors can’t really do anything about it, you still might want to see one so that your toe doesn’t stick out all crazily and become an easy target for clumsy husband feet.

    Feel better!

    October 26, 2015
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    • said:

      OMG I cringed when I read this! That sounds extremely painful! I’m glad I’m not the only one to break a toe because of running to tell somebody something, though πŸ™‚

      October 29, 2015
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