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Don’t you love connotations? They make life so much more pleasurable.

J is for Just. And that one word carries a wealth of meaning, all by itself.

Just can mean ‘quite simply’. It can mean ‘very recently’. It can mean ‘precisely or exactly’.

Just also means ‘missing by a narrow margin’.

And that is JUST what today’s post is about. Or perhaps it is all of the above. You be the judge.

Just the other day, I had a fall. This wasn’t your average slip-and-twist-your-ankle kind of fall. Oh, no. This was the one where I slipped in a pool of water, two inches deep, went flying through the air, landed hard on my face and banged my chin,forehead and shoulder against the ground, literally causing my teeth to rattle and bleed.

No, it wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t the way I pictured my Tuesday evening. For about ten seconds after I fell, I went into shock. I literally could not move. Then, the survival instinct kicked in. I was alone at home, so this meant I needed help. With difficulty, I picked myself up and made two calls: one to  my neighbour and the other to my husband. Both of them dropped everything and came running. While the floors were being mopped up and I was being given first-aid, the scenario and the plus points kept playing out in my mind. I was obviously in a whole lot of pain and wanted the whole thing to just disappear from memory.

I was JUST glad that it had been me who had fallen and not my daughter. I doubt I could have taken the pain of watching her go through it all.

I was incredibly touched that friends JUST came rushing to my rescue- a fact that I am always grateful for, while living in my amazing community.

The fact that I had JUST escaped a fracture, a possible concussion and perhaps loss of consciousness, was not lost on me. Considering I was all alone at the time this happened, you can understand what a sense of relief washed over me when I realised this.

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At the end of the day, I know it hurts when you are in pain, depressed, unable to eat the things you love and have bruises to show for the fall. 
But, just remember, it could have been much worse.
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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


tulika singh · March 20, 2014 at 7:13 am

Aww… hope you're feeling better. Missing your regular cheerful presence when I log in.

Uma · March 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

ohh! that sounds bad..I hope you feel better soon, Shailaja! Take care.

Corinne Rodrigues · March 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

Scary stuff, Shailaja! Yes, it could have been worse. And yes, you're a strong lady – blogging away, pain and all.

iamstri · March 20, 2014 at 8:48 am

Woooo, you are strong and bold! Even my sister fell down last week and had a sprain 🙁 Happens, take care. I hope you get well soon 🙂 <3 *hugs*

Sreeja Praveen · March 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

Oh, Shailaja ! Hope you're better now….
Hugssss….. take care. Don't worry….the pain will soon be gone.
Admire your strength, turning this incident to a post. Admire your passion for blogging too.
Yes, it could've been much worse, but thank God it's not !!

Nabanita · March 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

I hope you are feeling better Shailaja…! Take care woman … 🙂

Psych Babbler · March 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

Ouch!! Sounds so painful! Glad to hear it wasn't worse…take care Shailaja…and just be careful! Xx

Shiva · March 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Oh Oh..that would have hurt .. I will JUST say that JUST because of friends like yours life is an amazing place to be…take care

Kathy Combs · March 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Hope you get to feeling better soon and glad that you weren't hurt worse than what you were. Scary! ♥

Vidya Sury · March 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Praying for your quick recovery, Shailaja.

Every time I had an accident, all I could see was the silver lining. Glad you are seeing the positive side! ♥ Get well soon. What a relief you have nice neighbors!

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Definitely better, Tulika. Hope I am back to normal real soon. Hugs 🙂

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Yes, it was, Uma. Thanks for the concern.

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Blogging about it made me forget about it, although I actually wrote about it. Don't know if that makes sense. Thanks Corinne.

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I am hearing of people falling all over the place! Five people this past week! Thank you for the wishes.

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Sreeja. Love your concern. Yes, it was not any worse than what I expected. Phew.

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Naba. Yes, I really need to watch my step!

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Sigh.. yes, Psych. Very painful indeed 🙁

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hurt very much so. Thanks Shiva. Grateful for my amazing friends.

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Yes, Kathy. I hope so too. Thank you for the loving words. <3

Shailaja V · March 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I have great faith in your prayers, Vidya. They get me through a lot. Thank you.

Richa Singh · March 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Oh my God this must be a harrowing experience Shailaja. I have no idea what you felt in that moment especially being alone. But as you said I am also glad that help was round the corner, shows us so much about human relationships 🙂

Well I am also glad it is not your daughter but I am sad it is you. I wish it was no one..


Leslie: · March 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

oh my goodness! YES, it could have been much worse, but I'm glad it wasn't. I was not so lucky when I fell twice – yes, twice – within a month and broke my ankle in two places! Please take good care of yourself and rest up – even bruises need rest to heal plus you will be ever so careful after this! JUST like me!

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Namrata Kumari · March 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

How are you right now? One cannot JUST avoid these accidents. I wish you speedy recovery from the pain. 🙂

Shailaja V · March 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Yes, Richa. Thanks for the concern. Blessed that we have people around to help us when in need.

Roger Owen Green · March 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Still…OUCH! Feel better.

Chai a Cup of Life · March 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

The way you described your fall sounded very very painful and I'm glad you were fine enough to pick yourself up and make those calls. Please be more careful next time! (from mother to mother!!)

Aparna · March 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm

OMG Shailaja, even though you told me about it, reading the account here sounds so very painful. The power of descriptive writing you could say!

beingFab · March 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

That sounds like a nasty fall!! It's great that you had the presence of mind to take the right action at the time and the positivity to see the silver lining. Hope you're completely okay now!

Scattered Mama · March 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Oops! Take care n get well real soon! How how how can u keep blogging with all this happening? Superwoman you are!!!

Anita · March 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I love this Finding Nemo quote- Just keep swimming- so motivational!
Thank God you escaped unhurt with less; great when things aren't bad, Shailaja.
Just great 🙂

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Ouch Leslie! That sounds horrible 🙁 Yes, I need to rest. Hope you are fine too!

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I am better, Namrata. Thanks for asking 🙂

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Ouch indeed, Roger!

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Thank you and Hugs from one mother to another (((HUGS)))

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Glad you could visualise it, Aparna. But, just happy it wasn't much worse.

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Sigh, not completely okay.. but getting there.

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Not really superwoman. Just write to take my mind off the pain 🙂

Shailaja V · March 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Absolutely Anita 🙂 Just great is just right 🙂

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