I was coming off the Orange line in Downtown Chicago on Friday night headed for my hotel heavy with baggage. I had a large backpack containing my camera, an insanely large duffel bag with enough layers to keep one warm for ten straight hours outside in the middle of March in Chicago and my purse.

This is what I would have looked like had I made it down the stairs upright, I give you this illustration because it’s really hard to draw luggage on stick figures falling down the stairs :

(Oh yeah, I was wearing really kicky boots with tall pointy heels. I believe this to be what led to my downfall, pun intended.)

The Baggage

About halfway down the stairs it happened. How I’m not sure, I’m blaming the boots, but I knew I was going down and there was nothing I could do to stop it.

The Fall Phase IThe Fall Phase IIThe Fall Phase IIIThe Fall Phase IVThe Fall Phase V

The first thing that should have gone through my head as I was falling is “GOOD HEAVENS DON’T BREAK A BONE AND KEEP YOUR HEAD FROM SMASHING INTO THAT REALLY HARD CEMENT.”


My first thought as I got up should have been “THANK HEAVENS I AM OKAY!”

But it was actually “WHO SAW ME?”

My response to the nice man who said “YOU CAN’T BE OKAY AFTER A FALL LIKE THAT. Can I call someone for you?” should have been “OW THAT HURT LIKE HELL CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE ME TO MY MOMMY AT THE HYATT?”

But instead it was “Oh, I’m fine, it just ripped my jeans.”

Dumb me and my pride.

So what did the fall really do to me?

Flesh Wound

My Battered Leg

I also have several gigantic bruises in places I can’t photograph, either because I can’t reach them or because my underwear covers them.

I still walked around with my mom taking pictures for over 10 hours in the freezing cold the next day.

I wasn’t about to waste the opportunity that was being in Chicago childless with my mom and a brand spanking new camera. Busted up leg or not.


  1. oh wow…at least you didnt break your camera? lol hope it heals fast, and ps, your blog is showing up weird? the text is below where it usually is, is it just my comp?

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  2. I’d like to see those boots…

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  3. wow. if you had man balls you’d be a lot worse off, according to the second illustration. thank god for that, eh?

    seriously though, i hope you’re okay!!!!! i’m sorry about your jeans!


  4. Not to change the subject, BUT-

    They are opening a new bar in Dallas called “Moosh.” I will have to steal their sign for you.

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  5. Another mortifying story, to hopefully ease the pain: I once fell on ice on my way to a guitar lesson in a house on one of the busiest streets in my hometown. Fell ON TOP OF my guitar that was resting in a supposedly super-sturdy case and totally broke it. I couldn’t walk without pain for about a week and a half, but it was definitely the highlighting of my apparent lack of ability to stand upright and my broken guitar that was most upsetting.

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  6. Kiss kiss! Hope you’re feeling better! Good enough to see Oprah? Poor woman! And poor pants! They looked hot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Hi Casey – Delurking to tell you that I saw you “twin” in a Salsaritas restaurant in Cary, NC yesterday, sitting with a kiddo with definite Moosh-tastic curls. I took a double, then triple, take.

    I enjoy your writings, and I hope you recover quickly from the tumble (and torn jeans).

    Have a fantabulous Wednesday!

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  8. Ooh, that’s rough. But glad you’re ok. I too would have been worried much more about who saw me. And now that I’m upright is my hair a mess…you know those kind of important things.

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  9. ouch.
    way ouch.

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  10. *wince* That looks painful. And totally like something I’d do. I hope it heals quickly.

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  11. As my son would say OUCHIE WAH WAH!

    But I did get a little giggle from your animation style photo evidence. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Feel better!

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  12. As my son would say OUCHIE WAH WAH!

    But I did get a little giggle from your animation style photo evidence. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Feel better!

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  13. Heal quickly! Glad to see the spill didn’t damage your sense of humor.

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  14. Ack, posted this on the wrong post…

    lol! I can laugh because that reminds me of the time I tried to jump a chain cordon fence at the train station to make it to my connecting bus. I guess I was asking for trouble. I ruined a perfectly good pair of work pants with my gore. And, of course, all occupants of said bus witnessed my shame. It was standing room only and I was really shaky and about to collapse from shock (could this be any more mortifying?!) when a seat finally freed up. Thank goodness I worked at a hospital at the time. Guess weโ€™re right up there with Bella Swanโ€ฆ

  15. god help me, i can’t stop laughing. not because you fell (because seriously? OUCH), but at your friggin awesome drawings.

    i’m sorry about your jeans. that’s right up there with losing a pet. ok, maybe not quite, but it’s really close…

    and i still want to know what kind of camera you got! so! fun!

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  16. so sorry! but hey, ripped jeans are also quite awesome.

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  17. I can’t believe that in your injured state you thought to turn around and photograph the deadly set of stairs.

    Only a blogger would do such a thing in anticipation of the story that she would tell us all! Thank you for thinking of your loyal readers at a time like that!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. At least you turned an embarrassing and bloody fall into something amusing for the rest of us. (Not that your injury is amusing, but my goodness, those drawings!)

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  19. OOOUUUCCCCHHHH!!! oh, thank goodness your camera is okay…oops…i mean you! thank goodness YOU are okay! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    this post reminds me of a post i wrote back in July 2007…but i only showed pics of the bruises, not the bloody bits…did you take a pic of your knee right after it happened??? crazy girl!

    glad you didn’t break anything…and my condolences for the loss of your jeans. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  20. i love stick figure illustrations and I’m sorry to say that I laughed before wondering if you were ok. I have to say I would have been more worried about my camera then busting my own limbs too

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  21. I had to giggle at your illustrations even though I felt your pain falling down the stairs.

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  22. Kimberly Huddle says:

    You make it sound so amusing! Keep that sense of humor – you would be shocked at all a good sense of humor can get you through!

  23. Wow, what a fall.Glad you can look back on it with a little humour. I have to say the graphics make the whole story.

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