Wednesday morning I went out and bought a takeout breakfast and later walked the dog. As we came back up our street, I saw a man with a small dog walking towards us. Pepper snarled and barked and pulled towards the dog, as she does even though she only wants to play. I had taken her off the sidewalk and onto the street, but the street was icy, and Pepper pulled me into the swale beside the street, where I fell heavily on my left arm, compressing my ribs. I got up easily enough, but needed a hand to get out of the swale. I know the man and his dog slightly, so we wished each other a happy new year and continued on our ways. My side didn't hurt too much at first, but became quite painful, and I thought I may have cracked a rib or two. I went to the hospital Friday. they did X-rays and an ultrasound to see how bad the damage is. Although I didn't break any ribs, I did some minor bruising to my organs and the bottom of the left lung. The doctor says it will get better with time, and to make sure that I breathe deeply, stay a little active, and go back to hospital if I have any breathing or bleeding issues. He says it will take 3 to 4 weeks to heal. He prescribed some painkillers. I've been through this sort of thing before, so I know that in a few weeks this will all be a memory. Until then, I just have to live with it.
I still love my dog.