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Watch Where You Are Going, Literally

Updated on April 22, 2012

My Vision Is Not 20/20

I wear glasses. No secret there. I don't wear contact lenses that will fake out people who don't know me into thinking I have perfect vision. That being said, I do expect my glasses to make up for my deficiency of sight.

Alas, I suppose I also have to pay attention to where I am walking while I wear my glasses. That is a lesson I learned this morning.

Steel pole and blue sky.
Steel pole and blue sky. | Source

Ouch

Christy, meet the steel pole. Why Mr. Pole, I didn't even see you there!

I set off on my walk this morning, excited about the blue sky here in Victoria, BC. I brought along my camera to document the sights I saw along the way.

Stepping out the front door of my condo building, I proceeded to take my camera out of its fabric pouch to begin snapping pictures. Yes, I looked ahead as I walked. That being said, I failed to maintain a steady gaze.

I hadn't even left the parking lot of my condo complex when the intersection between pole and forehead was met. That's right, my feet had not yet made contact with the road pavement. A different kind of contact was made first.

Here's An Equation...

Here's an equation I learned today:

Look down + Christy = Make contact with steel pole using forehead

Immediately I felt a bump on my forehead and the skin was tender. I delicately felt it and my head began to throb. Yet I didn't let this deter me from my walk.

Continue On

I believe the phrase "suck it up" could fit into this topic well. I refused to miss out on a sunny day because of my "oops" moment. Blue sky doesn't come every day in February.

We have a guarantee of today, but tomorrow is less concrete. Make use of our day, our present day. Who knows how much longer we will have?

While my forehead was tender, I put the situation into perspective. I had not passed out and I did not need stitches. My legs were wobbly but certainly still in good enough shape for some exercise. I continued on, not to be put off my goal of taking a walk and snapping a few photos along the way.


The help arrives.
The help arrives. | Source

The Return

Thirty minutes later I returned to my condo. There were steps to be taken at home:

  • Take a look at the wound
  • Take an Advil to help with my headache
  • Apply a cold compress to my forehead to help reduce the swelling

The Double-Take

I did a double-take when I looked in the bathroom mirror.

Dried blood was smeared across my forehead. The top layer of skin was folded to the side of the gash. I applied a towel wet with warm water gently to my forehead. The soak was followed by a band-aid.

Color me geeky-looking. A band-aid across my forehead. Again Christy, deep breath and put all into perspective. It is laughable and I have been through worse.

Much worse.

I can laugh at myself. I'm still in tact. Now, where did I put that cold pack...

The wound.
The wound. | Source

Your Turn

Have You Ever Walked Into An Object And Hurt Your Head?

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jane, thanks hon! I actually did this a few months ago. I do have a scar on my forehead! How nice of you to stop by to comment!

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      Jane Carroll 6 years ago

      I ran straight into a storm door one day...I thought it was open...why do people get them so clean?

      Glad it wasn't more serious...hope it feels better soon!

      Oh...and...loved the article!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Ouch! Okay that does not sound pleasant. I do have a scar on my forehead from the incident; luckily I have bangs to help hide it!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Out the door of an office and around the corner head on into the steel security grating for an air conditioner. No blackout but self-criticism galore.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would have been scared too Lee. I'm glad you are safe now.

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      I swear Christy my story is absolutely true and have witnesses. Yes I was scared.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe you are great fun Raymond! Thanks for coming by to read and comment. Yes my eyes are open, literally! This is christyb, I am watching as well as listening

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      Raymond Alexander Kukkee 6 years ago

      Awe, Christyb, sorry you hurt your head! Best to keep the eyes open, isn't it? I hope it gets better soon, but this was a great read! ":)

      Is that incoming I hear? "Bonk!" Yup. ":))

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Dr Kavita, thanks for stopping by taking a read. I appreciate your nice comments! Yes I am going to make an extra effort to look in front of me as I walk, the lesson is well learned. My forehead is healing well.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow that's a crazy (and scary) story. I am glad you made it out safely Lee. No thanks to "Curly" by the sounds of it!

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      Dr Kavita Shaikh 6 years ago from MUSCAT

      Hey Christy, hope your forehead and you both get well soon. I enjoy reading your hubs. You have got a wonderful ability to keep your readers captivated. But a word of caution here; next time please 'watch where you are going' (lol)

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Hey Christy, did I mention I was being chased my a Grizzly at the time? No kidding, the most frightened I have ever been and I was almost knocked out there on the ground and left by this guy named "Curly" who honestly did look like Curly of the 3 stooges. Probably more than you needed to know....LOL

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Lee, yes it hurts me ego as well! Thanks for sharing your experiences, it helps to know that I am not alone in looking everywhere but in front of me. Perhaps there is a link to us both having experiences in BC...

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Ouch!!! Christy, that hurts. Yes I have done that several times including Nastatua, British Columbia Canada while walking in the woods with a friend back in the 80's and walked right into a tree.....big trees in those Canadian forest. But as an epileptic, I have a tendency to run into things even down here in Deep South Texas where we have almost no trees at all. Very interesting topic and use of the Hub. Great job, I voted UP and all across. Lee

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Tiffany your comment made me laugh. I can't believe we both hit out heads here in Victoria. Now we share a bond! I am thinking why yes it may Victoria, not us, that caused this after all! That makes me feel better about myself hehe.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe MB don't feel guilty. My mind was elsewhere and I was looking down instead of straight ahead. Well it makes for a good topic of conversation at least when someone asks what happened to my forehead!

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      Tiffany 6 years ago

      I love Canada, but hearing your story convinces me that this is a problem in Victoria. ;) Seriously! I have a scar near my eye from my last trip to Victoria, BC about 20 years ago when I was spinning around parking meters (I was a kid), ran into my dad, bounced off of him, and ran smack into the next one.

      So, it's not a clumsy moment for me nor a distracted moment for you, but dangerous lurking steel poles who will jump out and attack without provocation.

      There should be an investigation. ;) Hope you feel better soon.

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Aw, Christy! I feel guilty! I know I talked you into walking about to take pictures for personal blogs about the beautiful place you live in...

      That being said - what, exactly, were you looking at to miss a big old pole, in your parking lot not less? Was he at least cute?

      And here i was expecting breaching whales, fishing boats, old shacks by the water, lighthouses, pubs, parks - but not a scarred forehead!

      I feel guilty, yet happy that you tried! I can't wait to read the post about your area!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, I appreciate that you have shared your story here too. It happens so easily, and so quickly! Thanks for your compliments. My head is healing now and the scrape is reminding me to watch where I walk!

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oh yes lesson learned indeed! Take care Chanroth.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Katrina. No need to apologize, I also am laughing at myself!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      You made me laugh with your good wit and charm in this hub. I can relate to your incident. I once shut the bathroom door before going to bed for whatever reason; and later that night when it was dark, I had forgotten and I walked right into it. Hope you are better now.

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Hahha Christy, you make me laugh. I am really sorry...but i enjoyed reading it.

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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      Yes, it does actually! That happen to me back in '08. Lesson learned by then. ^_^ Though I meant, "the day was beautiful" not sky. thanks.

      Chanroth

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Chanroth, I appreciate that you shared your experience with me! Haha it sounds like much the same. I am healing and yes I am able to laugh at myself as well. Thanks for stopping by to read.

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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      I'm sorry but I had a good laugh at it, that is because I been there. It totally remind me the day I first visited Los Angeles, CA. The sky was beautiful and I reached into my pouch looking for my digital camera so I can get a snap shot and yep...I was head on with the pole! My wound was similar to yours. My butt kiss the cement and really people was looking at me. My fiance rush to help me up and alas I was laughing like it was a joke. Love your hub! I vote up and awesome!

      P.S I hope you heal ASAP.

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