Letter: Martha Robin, Leesburg

Editor: Last Monday I drove to a local restaurant around 12:45 for lunch. It had been raining since Thursday afternoon, and there was still a very light rain.  As I walked from my car across the asphalt parking lot to the side door, I put one foot on the blue and white handicap parking marker and immediately slipped and fell.  It was if I stepped onto a wet, slippery piece of ice. The end result was an ambulance ride, in severe pain, to the Cornwall Street ER where I found out that my left wrist was badly broken. I’m waiting a week to find out if I need surgery to insert a metal plate.

            The first reason for this letter is to thank the unknown good Samaritans who came out of the restaurant to help me—holding my head so I didn’t move it, holding an umbrella over me in the rain as I lay on the pavement, and calling 911 and my husband.  Your kindness is so appreciated.

            Second, I want to strongly encourage that all outdoor handicap markers that are painted on asphalt be treated with a grainy substance so when the paint dries the marker is not as slippery as glass when wet. I guess I can consider myself lucky, although try functioning in all aspects of your life with the use of only one hand. At least my limitations are a matter of, hopefully, only 6-8 weeks. The next person may have a worse outcome. Please do not take this request lightly.

Martha Robin, Leesburg

2 thoughts on “Letter: Martha Robin, Leesburg

  • 2019-07-15 at 3:02 pm

    I’m sorry that you were injured and that you may need surgery, but the fact that paint on asphalt gets slippery when wet is not news. Instead of increasing the costs for everyone for what is a rare injury the answer is that people take responsibility for their own safety by paying attention to where they are walking and not stepping on painted asphalt when it is wet.

  • 2019-07-19 at 1:40 pm

    I am sorry to read of your injury and the possibility that you may be facing surgery in the days ahead. I broke my wrist about a year ago as a result of a fall in my home. I, too, was transported to Cornwall Street, where I had various x-rays which eventually led to surgery. My surgery was done in an out patient center, and within several days I was in physical therapy, which lasted 3 months. Like you, I had to depend on one hand to do some of the every day things we take for granted; I was even fearful of where, and how, I walked for fear of falling. This ordeal gave me a better appreciation of life and the simple things it holds, but, as time goes on, and your hand and wrist heals and gets stronger, things do get better and your overall confidence eventually returns.

    You seem to have a very positive outlook, so I am sure you will do well and make a speedy recovery. Best wishes.

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