I normally know what to expect after a fall, but not this time
When bruising with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome didn't go according to pattern
Every time I think I’ve gotten a handle on the patterns of my Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), I’m pretty sure the universe laughs at me. Oh, you think you have it figured out? What about this? That’s pretty much what happened last week when I found myself surprised following a stumble.
I got home from work in the evening and found an Amazon box on my porch. Great! Who doesn’t love finding a package when they get home? I let the dogs out, and they happily bounced around the yard as I went in to put my bags down and get settled.
I came back out to the porch, grabbed the box, and opened it while the dogs explored. I love watching them play in the yard, so I was only half paying attention when I went to toss the now broken-down box into the bigger one that holds all the ones that need to be recycled. That toss was my downfall. Literally.
As I took a step to make it, I tripped over a leg of the chair that sits on the front porch. Ack. I struggled to right myself and tried not to fall, but ended up landing on top of a cooler I keep there for when I get local produce deliveries.
Waiting on the bruise to show up
To be honest, the landing was relatively graceful. I didn’t crash hard, and I didn’t fall backward over the cooler. I basically wound up sitting semi-awkwardly on top of it, but I could feel that one of those killer EDS-style bruises was going to show on the place of my leg that hit the cooler’s edge. I felt that distinct type of pain that told me the bruise would be “one of those.”
But by the evening, basically nothing on my leg was visible. It hurt like one of those awful bruises, but all I could see was a light purple line that no one would notice without knowing where to look.
I was baffled. I’m almost never wrong about when I’ll get one of those over-the-top, deep purple, superpainful bruises, but apparently this time I was.
Occasionally, a bruise can take a little longer to develop, so I figured I’d see what it looked like the next morning. Fast forward to the following day, when it looked more or less identical to how it appeared the night before. Just a light line, but with a little bit of swelling and plenty of pain.
One of the ways I manage my EDS is by working to understand its patterns. It’s kind of how I work in general. I’ve always noticed patterns in data or people’s behavior, for instance. Therefore, it’s just second nature for me to organize my EDS issues in the same way.
As a result, I have a pretty good sense about what to avoid and what I can tolerate. But every once in a while, EDS throws me a curveball. Why? I have no idea. And long ago I realized that if I stress about trying to figure it out, I’ll go nuts. I’ve learned instead to laugh it off, take note of it for later, and get on with my day.
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