BEA Preparations, A Huge Candle, and My Poor Big Toe: A Match Made In Hell

May 26, 2013 Book Expo America 15

This is a case of some terrible timing.  Last night, as I was getting ready to go to bed, I bumped into a tall wooden pedestal with one of those enormous candles on top.  The candle crashed to the ground…and landed right on my foot and broke in two.  (The candle, not my foot, fortunately.)

I was in a lot of pain, so I popped some Advil and hobbled up to bed.  When I woke up this morning, my toe hurt even worse.  And it looked very unsightly.  I couldn’t walk normally; I had to walk on the outside of my foot.  All I could think was…I’m flying up to NYC for BEA in two days!!!  It was difficult to stand up, so how was I going to walk around that huge conference hall every day?  And how was I going to get myself and my suitcases through the airport?  I pictured the masses of people pushing and shoving at BEA, and I knew that, inevitably, my foot would be stepped on. Sadly, I don’t own any steel-toed shoes.

I drove to an urgent care clinic this morning (not fun with a painful right foot), and after three hours of waiting, I had my diagnosis: a hematoma on my toe and a small crack on the bone.  The hematoma is what’s causing all the pain.  The cure?  Stay off my feet and keep my leg elevated.  Ummm, Doc?  That’s not gonna happen.  So, he prescribed some pain pills and gave me one of those gorgeous boots to keep my foot stable.  (It’s already helping enormously – I can walk somewhat normally now!)

So here’s my fancy new footwear:

And, yes!  I WILL be wearing socks with this lovely shoe.

So, BEA-ers, if you see a woman hobbling around, wearing this fashion-forward footwear, do stop and say hello.  But, for the love of all that is holy, please don’t step on my foot!!!


15 Responses to “BEA Preparations, A Huge Candle, and My Poor Big Toe: A Match Made In Hell”

  1. Kristen Williams

    Aww! *hugs* That has to be the very worst timing. I’m so glad you have meds and the boot thingy to wear. Perhaps you can find places to sit at the conference so you won’t be putting strain on it the whole time. Maybe you’ll get sympathy arcs 😛

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Sympathy ARCs – lol – love it! I’m sure there will be places to sit, but then I might miss out on the BOOKS! As for the meds, I haven’t taken any yet, but the Dr. said they might make me “loopy.” Can you imagine if I take them and speak to authors and publishers and they think I’m drunk (or worse?) Kinda funny actually, as long as I could explain it to them!

  2. Robyn Jones

    I’m with Kristen, maybe you’ll get sympathy arcs. Sadness, this is terrible. Good that you went straight away to the doctor. Maybe the pain pills will take the bite off your fears about crowds and socializing. They make me quite sociable, especially if you like to talk about cartoons (don’t know why, but my mind instantly goes to cartoons if I’ve had a couple drinks or I’m taking a pain prescription). Stupid huge candle!

  3. Ashley

    Awww no good! I have been in a boot twice now! Someone stepped on my toe, I didn’t think it was broken, turns out it was and I had to have surgery a year later. So it’s a good thing you had it checked. The boot goes with all outfits 😉

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Yikes! Surgery a year later! You must have been uncomfortable for quite a while. Glad you finally got it fixed, although I’m sure the surgery was unpleasant.

      The boot might not be as bad as I’d thought. I’m wearing white socks in that pic, but then it hit me last night: why don’t I wear black socks? Yeah, it clashes with the navy, but I’ll be wearing black or dark gray pants each day and a black shoe (on my left foot), so…black socks would be much less obvious!

      Sometimes, I’m clueless about the simple things.

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Oooh… can you imagine all the dirty looks? If I was in a lot of pain, and it was just one line, I MIGHT try that. (Probably not, though.) But, since I’m going to be on my feet all day, assuming I can tolerate it, one line won’t make or break me. No pun intended. 🙂

  4. Jade Morriss

    Loving the new footwear 😛
    In all honesty, that sounds pretty painful! I hope you are careful with your foot at BEA, but hey, the show must go on eh!
    Here’s to a speedy recovery!

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  5. Maggie Faire

    On the bright side:
    1. You have a great conversation starter.
    2. You will have lots of people letting you go to the front of the line. Just let the pain show through as your standing.
    3. Between ouchiness and pain pills you won’t be editing what you say. That means you’ll be a great conversationalist. Right? 🙂
    4. You have a really good excuse not to do whatever exercise routine you thought you might keep doing while traveling.
    5. Get your favorite authors to sign your footwear (take a glittery marker with you). It’s not like you can use it again (let’s hope). Who knows could be a collector’s item.

    Seriously, try to have fun anyway. Be sure to let all of us know how it’s going.

  6. Kim (YA Asylum)

    Ah! That’s horrible timing! I’m so sorry that happened. I hope that it doesn’t hurt too bad while you’re walking around BEA. Maybe the pure joy from being around all those books and awesome authors (and the pain killers) will be able to cancel the pain out?

    I hope you have a fun time at BEA!

  7. CeCe

    Oh no! I hope you feel better and you can march aroudn BEA to your hearts content without pain. Or just get loopy on pain meds and make an interesting first impression at all of the booths. hehe.

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