September 14, 2010

On The Other Hand...

I've been working on new Strawberry Roses while in Williamsburg. It's wonderful to relax and stitch - until this happens...

Monday night, a group of musicians and spouses decided to go to Golden Corral in Williamsburg for dinner, where we were enjoying a really good meal. I got up to get my main course, and when I came back to the table, I sat down and tried to pull my seat in. Apparently, the legs were detaching from the rest of the chair, and without knowing it, they separated. As I pulled the chair in, both of my hands were caught between the seat and the front legs. Boy, was I surprised!

My left hand escaped with a small puncture that only bled for a little while. On the other hand (no pun intended!), I suffered a more severe injury because the chair decided to keep a hunk of skin from my right "attitude" finger. It bled like crazy.

Our waitress immediately got the manager who came over with a bandage and antiseptic cream. I thought he was gonna kiss my boo boo, he was so concerned! He was really very sweet! He helped bandage my finger, comped our dinner and said that if it needed further medical attention, Golden Corral would pick up the tab.After the band finished their final rehearsal on Monday evening, (and I had already changed my bandage three times), Handsome took me over to the Emergency Clinic, where I was treated with space age adhesive to cover the wound. They couldn't stitch or use butterfly bandages because there was too much tissue missing to "bring it together", so they just glued up the opening and I left sporting this lovely new look.
My new bandage wasn't very conducive to stitching early on Tuesday, but I was still able to sit back in the chair and listen to the Consort make beautiful music. Watching one hundred fifteen musicians work with Lt. Col. Larry Lane, who usually conducts a band at the Air Force Academy (Handsome's brother, a former Air Force pilot, refers to it as "Zoom U") in Colorado Springs, Co.

After our dinner last night, I was able to switch from the "attitude" bandage to a regular Bandaid to keep my injury covered...and I was able to return to stitching. Don't fret. It doesn't hurt now. It's just a royal pain that this even happened.

The chair has been relegated to the dumpster, and I thank Heaven that it happened to me. Had it been a little child, they could have lost a finger. I went back to Golden Corral yesterday, where they reaffirmed that they would cover all my medical costs, and then they bought my lunch, too!

If you've never eaten there before, I can highly recommend the food...and I'm more than happy to give their people rave reviews, too. They really care about their customers. But, if you sit on a wonky chair, move it and get a different one in a hurry!

More fun stuff tomorrow. Til then, I hope you have a creative day wherever you are!

I see that Brynwood has reached 500 Friends (Followers) as of Tuesday night. In celebration, I'll soon be starting a second lap quilt for a second giveaway prize! You guys are incredible! You're making sure I won't be resting when I get home. Thank you to all of you for joining me on this fabulous journey. Love you all!

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Lisa Leggett said...

Oh No!!! This is no good, no good at all! I actually cringed and yelled "ouch" really loud for you all the way over here in California! {did ya hear me? it was pretty loud.}

You're such a good sport Donna! Not to mention one heck of a trooper! I'm glad you're already on the mend, but oooowiiiieee! That sounds painful.

Heal super-duper fast!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

my, who would have thought that having dinner out could be so dangerous! glad to hear it is healing well.

Megan Chamberlain said...

Your accident sounds so sore, I hope it is getting better quickly. My fingers cringed in sympathy with your poor hands. At least you can still sew that is important but please look after yourself.

Patty C. said...

I'm so sorry you had a troublesome meal- I'm glad you were able to get help when you needed it - Don't worry about the stitching - it will keep - take care of your finger !!

Mandy said...

Sorry to hear about your finger. What a dreadful thing to have happened. Yes, you are right, it would have been terrible had the incident happened to a child with the damge being far more severe. I hope the restaurant has checked all it's chairs now.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh no, Donna!
You poor thing!
Bless your heart, you are most certainly in my prayers for rapid, pain-free healing. :-)


Liszha said...

The things some people do for a free meal!
Just kidding! It looks sincere but luckily it's healing already. The way you described it I could almost feel the pain you must have felt. Ouch!!!!!

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

So sorry Donna, this should not have happened, especially to one who does handwork, hope you have no long lasting effects. Am thinking this chair didn't just all of a sudden decide to collapse, it's been failing for a long time, you'd think someone would have mentioned it before. I'd be taking pictures if this had happened to me, just in case I decided to act further in the future. Your embroidery on this post is stunning, always love to see your breathtaking work.

Shirley said...

I am glad that you are on the mend and that they are paying the expenses. We eat at the Golden Corral every time that we go to Branson, Missouri. We love their breakfast buffet. I especially love the fresh fruit that they get. The strawberry roses are so pretty. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Oh!yest I have visited the Air Force Acadamey. It is is an awesome sight when they are going to lunch. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

Diane said...

Donna, thank goodness it isn't BROKEN! I think maybe a year's worth of free dinners might still be in order! ;-) This was no fun for you and probably embarrassing as well.

The French Bear said...

Oh My!!! Dee, you poor thing, ouch, my fingers hurt just reading that, thank goodness you are okay. I can't imagine how hard it is to not be doing some form of handwork!!! Your embroidery looks so beautiful, love the roses!
Nice to be able to enjoy your husband's music while you stitch, isn't it? I miss the days of music when my son was home.....we always had a piano in the house.

Deb said...

Oh my goodness. Thankfully nothing more damaging happened to your finger! I'm so happy that everything is much better with it. And your Roses are absolutely beautiful. I'm glad that you were able to get back to stitching.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Donna! I'm so happy you still have all ten fingers!!!! I can't imagine you having any are the best "needle worker" I know! ;)
Seriously girl, I feel sorry for you that you had to go through that...but I'm so happy they took care of you. That's a blessing!
I really think you ought to have those awesome creating fingers of your insured for like a million dollars or so...just like those model's legs! You can't miss a minute of sewing and stitching!!!!
tee hee!!!!
Glad you are okay!!!!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

ps....congrats on your 500+ followers. It's always fun coming to visit you, you are so full of beauty!!!!!

Jan M said...

Oh, dear! That's not quite the type of souvenir we wish to bring home from travels. Happy to hear it is healing and now allowing for soul soothing stitching -- which is lovely as always!

Carol at Serendipity said...


So sorry about your accident. I am glad it wasn't worse. Your stitching is just beautiful.

We come back on the 30th of October. Cannot wait.


Createology said...

Donna I am so sorry that you got a wonky chair and that it attacked and ate your finger so badly. Glad to hear the restaurant is giving you such care and concern as most places these days couldn't be bothered with customer service. Your stitching is beautiful and I am so happy you are healing quickly so you can continue your stitching. Too bad we can't "hear" the music you were able to enjoy. Congratulations on 500 followers as that is quite the achievement. Safe travels...

MosaicMagpie said...

I am so sorry to hear of the chair that tried to eat Donna. You have a great attitude about the whole incident. I am really surprised you did not try to stitch on that white gauze bandage to embellish it. I hope you will heal soon and not require any surgery.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh no!!! I am glad to hear that you are on the mend. My goodness. Congrats on reaching 500 followers - that is fabulous news. And I do like your new stitchings. :) Always beautiful. Take care of yourself!!! Theresa

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Donna!!! I'm so sorry this happened...good grief, you think you're going in for a wonderful meal and this happens ~ I'm so very glad they were so kind to you!! I hope it heals quickly sweetie ~ hugs and love, Dawn (ps. I love that you called it your "attitude finger"!)

Doni said...

Donna, I'm so sorry you were injured, but your attitude about it was wonderful! So glad the restaurant was good to you too..
Hopefully no other slow-downs will occur and you can finish your next project! Your creativity and industriousness fascinate me...I'm nowhere near as talented!
I'd love to be near enough to go to one the concerts though...I play the violin and live in a tiny hick town, so very seldom do we get out to any concerts. HS band, football games, and every once in a great while we get to hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra when they come to a nearby city.
Hope you heal quickly with no scar!
Blessings, Doni

Michelle May said...

Oh my gosh!!! Oh my gosh!! Ouchieee mama!! Ok...I'm going to confess though, the part about the manager almost kissing your boo that is funny! hee,hee,hee.
I'm glad you're doing better girlfriend. Man that makes me weak thinking about it. :(
Congratultions on 500! Woo hoo!
Love ya,

marie said...

So sorry to hear about your injury - I hope it heals vey quickly!
Congrats on reaching 500 followers...lucky us to have two opportunities to win one of your creations!

nancy huggins said...

I am so sorry to hear that Donna..You are a very good sport..some people might have sued. But like you could have been worse. We will be picking the truck up in 12 days and may take 2 days for Billy and I to load it and then we will be on our way..Billy in the truck with Bianca and Annie and I will have the pups and 3 cats in the car with me. Praying for a safe trip. Take care of that finger Donna and hope it heals quick

te_roti said...

Ouch, ouch, ouch. So glad it hasn't stopped you from stitching for long. Enjoy the rest of your trip.


Leila Gervais said...

Oh my, sounds quite painful what happened... Glad to hear you're doing better tho!

So great to hear how they took care of you!

Jillayne said...

Oh ouch! You are so lucky it wasn't worse - but then we stitchers can't be held down for long! Good for you for such a great attitude and getting back in the swing. I hope you have a "speedy heal" and are back in your stitching groove in no time!

Sue said...

Donna, Sorry to hear you had this mishap- sending good thoughts for your healing. It can be such a pain to not have full use of your digits! Especially in your line of work. Your creations are always spectacular, IMHO. Loved catching up with you- I've been so lax in visiting everyone- there are over 1000 posts to read in my reader. Busy week to say the least...
Take care!
hugs, Sue

Beedeebabee said...

Oh you poor girl! My eyes were squinting as I read about what happened. That must have hurt, ouch!...Fingers are sooo sensitive. Thank goodness you're doing okay now, and the manager was as concerned as he was, and willing to do the right thing. Yes, we all need to stay away from wonky chairs! I'll think of you whenever I sit on one! Ouch, ouch ouch!!! xo Paulette


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