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Mouse poop, a car accident, the ER

January 7, 2011

Okay, what does mouse poop, a car accident and the emergency room all have in common? Nothing you say. Wrong. For me it is a horrible combination that led me to have a very embarrassing evening.

The day started off like any other day. I was in my stepmother’s basement (I will NOT be doing a wicked stepmother story – this time) and was helping Henry remove the old 12×12 fiberglass/paper ceiling tiles. Being tongue and groove, sometimes when you take down one, a half row falls. I was not too concerned about the debris that was falling from the tiles because I was wearing my glasses and a mask; at least not at first.

Well, then the inevitable happened, Henry grabbed a tile and I grabbed a tile further up and a whole row fell at once. And, eww, eww, eww, there was a dead mouse carcass (just the bones), lots of shredded up insulation, and a TON of mouse poop. Now, this would not have been bad except for the fact that I was not wearing a hat so it landed on my head, in my hair, some went behind my glasses, and eww again, some slide down my shirt (I had on a v-neck). I was jumping around like some prima donna who had broken a nail. Henry and I were coughing and spitting (okay – there may have been a little laughter) and saying a few “craps.”

After this little episode we decided to clean up for the day. I was looking forward to my hot shower. I was going to wash that stinky poop off the minute I got in the house. NOT.

On the way home, in the rain, I had to stop when traffic in front of me slammed to a halt. Luckily, I had plenty of room so I was okay. Again, NOT. The guy behind me slammed into me, driving me across the busy highway, through the median strip and right up to the edge of oncoming traffic. My seat broke and I was flung forward until my seatbelt snapped me back. I heard something “pop” in my back and the world stood still. To make a long story short I ended up going to the ER on a back board. (FYI – I’m okay, sore and in PT, but ultimately I will recover).

Now, the mouse poop was an issue again. I was lying strapped down in the ambulance when I remembered I looked (and probably smelled) like someone had “done it and ran.” I begged the attendant to check my hair for mouse poop but he told me that he was more worried about my back and not to fret because they see “stuff” all the time. What? I have on clean underwear but I have mouse poop in my hair and probably stuck in my bra somewhere. Come on. Can’t you give me a break and just pick out the little pieces so I don’t have to explain to the ER doctor? Nope. I was on my own.

Now you know what mouse poop, a car accident, and the emergency room all have in common. The ToolBox TomGirl.

  1. January 7, 2011 7:19 pm

    Oh my gosh. Awful, awful, awful. My dad helped me clean out my garage about a month ago and we saw … A RAT!!! There was much dancing around, etc. It was ugly.

    No car crash, though. Hope you feel better soon.

    • January 7, 2011 7:46 pm

      YIKES….funny thing is that I don’t mind looking at cute little critters but I do NOT want their poop on me in any way. And – why are mice cute but rats ugly? They are really just bigger mice – they just seem so scary and ugly. Remember not to keep any kind of food in the garage, even pet food. Rats will eat cat and dog food like it’s going out of style. Thanks for the feel better vibes. I am growing stronger each day. I’m sorry to say I took my back for granted before this all happened.

  2. January 8, 2011 8:42 pm

    Hope you’re OK. If it’s any consolation, you’ve really made a funny story out of it–I can picture the scene when the ceiling came down and I’m sure the EMS guy was thinking that you might be a little dazed and confused if you were rambing on about mouse poop!

    2011 will be perfect from now on!

    • January 8, 2011 9:13 pm

      You know – we can only laugh at the things that happen to us in life. Each time we learn a lesson. Yup – I have some really cute hats now….no – not all hard hats. I’ll have to post a few pictures. I kinda like them and it keeps me from worrying about my hair (ha ha). I know the EMS guy must have thought I was a nut case.

  3. January 10, 2011 2:39 pm

    I don’t know about your area but here in the Southwest mouse poop can be cause for concern. Hauntavirus is spread through the inhilation of mouse droppings. Our health department recomends being very careful about avoiding mouse poo. Mice are awfully cute but in some regions their little leavings are deadly. I would have been way more worried about the being covered in it than being injurred!

    BTW, I asked for some advice on fixing a toilet some months ago and never got around to sending my thanks, so a belated Thank you is in order!

    • January 11, 2011 9:33 pm

      I don’t know how serious it is. I always protect myself when working around ceiling tiles, drywall, etc. I know all about lung disease so I was properly protected for breathing in the “stuff.” Thanks for the “thanks” for my toilet fix. Hope all worked out.

  4. Jo Ellen S. permalink
    January 31, 2011 5:12 pm

    I’m sorry Jo, but I still have a grin ono my face. What away to “meet” again! could be at the hospital also. for I am soon to schudule back surgery. I walk with my face between my legs(stop). Ohhh sooooo apainful. Could sure go for some crab pills,how about you? Bet theyed be prescribed by our doc’s.
    Did you ever, leave, alot unsaid that night. hubby working away and you working at Hopkins ohhhhhhhh. Then caught article in Gazette ohhhhh. Now I was looking me up(explain not) and who do I see? Thats her I know it and sure enough it is and what a good surprise it has turned out to be. Sure hope to hear from you and take this further.After you’ve sworn on the book that all poop
    Fellow Jo Ellen

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