Thursday, February 21, 2008


Can we discuss elbows for a moment? I understand their importance. Without them we'd have three-foot long, unbending appendages sticking our from our shoulders. Eating (among other things) would be much more difficult. Typing would require binoculars because we'd have to sit much further away from the monitor. Standard font sizes would have to be bigger. The mouse might be finger operated.

I could do this all day.

My complaint with my elbows is lately they seem obsessed with rushing up and greeting every pointy, sharp or really hard surface that I encounter. I've hit my funny bone at least three times in the past week. This morning I cracked one elbow on the corner of the medicine cabinet mirror, then an hour later drilled the other into the edge of the washing machine.

This wouldn't be such a big deal if I didn't already have two chipped elbows. Not like chipped-beef, that's just gross. Mine still look whole but each has a small bit of bone where it shouldn't be. The first incident occurred during my first game of roller hockey. I hadn't figured out how to stop without that annoying pencil eraser brake on the back and slammed into a man much larger than me. My torso remained where it was but my legs shot out from under me and I landed on my hip, knee and elbow. I was wearing knee pads and my hips have natural padding, but my elbow didn't fare very well. (I fell down a flight of hard-wood stairs a couple days later, fortunately my elbow wasn't hurt worse.)

The second happened couple years later in the shower. Nothing exciting; I brought my arm down on the windowsill and it's never been the same since. And before you ask, I know. Why was there a window in the shower? I think it was the developers' way of increasing natural lighting. Whatever.

The only time the chipped elbows bother me is when I try to lean on anything. Countertops, bars, tables... that sort of thing. And when I run into pointy, sharp and really hard objects.



Anonymous said...

Not to mention the assist you'd need in the potty.


Melanie Avila said...

:D I can always count on you to mention the unmentionables, lol.

Amy Mullis said...

If all you got from roller hockey was a chipped elbow, you're living a charmed life! Now, keep your arms down so I don't have to worry about you!

VirtualWordsmith said...

Melanie, you're not by any chance pregnant, are you? I got really clumsy the first trimester with all three kids.

Melanie Avila said...

Bite your tongue!

*looks over shoulder, hubby isn't paying attention*

No, not just yet. ;) I'm typically pretty clumsy but not always on the same body part. Thanks for your concern.

Anonymous said...

Gald your still alive. Whats' this about pregnant!

Kate Boddie said...

I have a window in my shower. It's pretty pointless but it's the only window in the bathroom. Eh.

Melanie Avila said...

Yeah, the window in the shower thing is pretty common in Chicago. The main problem was the tub wasn't very big and the sill stuck out farther than necessary.