2007-06-19 07:13:35

I’m writing to inform you all that I will be out of the office for a few days. I got the sad news yesterday that my Great Grandmother passed away. It was a blessing of sorts because she had been suffering and on the edge of things for quite a while and we all wanted her suffering to end. It is still very sad, none the less. Well, after getting that news and working to cancel the shoots I had today, in order to make it to the funeral, I was in a hurry to get out the door and to the shoot I had scheduled that morning. So, I take off down the stairs, equipment on my shoulders, purse, calendar, phone, cup of coffee and more in my hands and wouldn’t you know it, in my mad rush, I twisted my ankle on the top step and I fell down the stairs. As in, all the way down the stairs, bouncing and rolling and equipment flying all over the place. It was just awful. To make matters worse, in the fall, I launched my coffee cup up in the air and it hit the stair wall about 6 feet up and the entire cup of coffee sprayed down our wall, on our carpet, ruining both! It couldn’t have been worse. So, when I landed, I couldn’t move. My equipment was everywhere…I was sure that I hurt it. My lower back was numb from the pain. I was covered in coffee, as was our entire stairwell and my equipment. I couldn’t believe that it had happened. My poor husband, who was 2 minutes away from walking out the door himself, came tearing down the stairs in a full panic, untangled me from all my equipment and such and promptly called for medical help. He learned that there was nothing you can do for a lower back or tailbone, even if it’s broken, so I got lots of pain meds and spent the entire day in the horizontal position. I felt MOST awful that my shoot that morning had come in from out of town to have me photograph them and my poor husband had to call them, in his panic, and explain what happened and that I wouldn’t be making it! Mandy Rowland…you are wonderful! Thank you for being sooooo understanding!!!!! I finally was able to walk at about 6pm last night….which was good because I knew I had to be at the funeral today. So, that’s the long short of the story, explaining that I will be out of the office, spending time with my family…celebrating my Grandmother’s well lived 95 year life…but with a very sore back and tailbone. 🙁

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  1. Awww……..I hope that you’re feeling 100% soon. Please let us know if there is ANYTHING at all that we can do for you. Love and prayers, Cybil

  2. What a string of events! You are one tough lady, Jess. Your great-grandma must have been so proud of you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Jess- I am so sorry for your morning! Seems like some days are like that (even in Australia) {it’s from a favorite book of my kids}). I’ll be thinking of you and your family sending good thoughts your way…let me know if we can help!

  4. Oh my goodness. How awful!!
    I hope that you cover quickly and that you are able to enjoy time spent with your family.
    Hugs to you 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness Jess! First of all, I am sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. And Secondly–I hope you start feeling better soon! I work at OrthoIndy so if you need some medical assistance, please call me and I’ll help you find a good doctor!

    Hope you start feeling better soon!


  6. OH! That was a tough read. Hope you are feeling a bit better now. So sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you can relax a bit with your family.

  7. Jess – I’m so sorry about your Great-Grandmother. It’s hard to let them go, I lost 3 Grandparents in 6 months last year. I hope your busted body starts to heal and your coffee stains disappear. 🙂 Get Better!

  8. Oh, Jess, I’m so sorry for your loss. It is true that there’s nothing quite like the love of a grandmother. I hope that she is at peace.
    I’m also hoping that you will feel better very soon. I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

  9. Oh my gosh!!! I hope you got my e-mail…I’m serious about taking all the time you need! I hope you feel better fast. Pop those pain meds!! Love ya! 🙂

  10. HOLY FREAKEN CRAP! dude I can’t believe all this happened and I knew nothing about it. Why didn’t you call me!!!!! I can’t believe you fell down the stairs. THANK GOODNESS MARK WAS THERE!!! way to be the hero and help her Mark.

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandma, but I am glad she is no longer in pain.

    Get better. and call me!


  11. oh gosh jess i am so sorry about your great granny but i am confused… if all this happened in the fall, wasn’t that a while ago???

  12. Wow – that fall sounds like it could have been so much worse!! I’m so glad that you’re alright and able to walk! TAKE IT EASY WOMAN!! I know this isn’t the best time to take it easy with your busy schedule, but it sounds like life is sending you a reminder. The stains can be removed, the equipment can be replaced, but YOU – YOU can’t be replaced!!! I’m sorry to hear about losing a loved one on top of it all, your family is in my thoughts. Please take care of yoruself Jess – just as much as you take care of others.

  13. I’ll be praying for you Jess! That’s all I can do from out here in Cali but it is actually the best thing I can do for you anyways. Hang in there and feel better soon, body & spirit.

  14. Ugh! When it rains it pours! Thank goodness it wasn’t worse than it was, carpet and paint can be replaced but broken bones would have been terrible!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  15. Oh Jess! I am SO sorry. Life just seems to come at you at once doesn’t it? I lost my grandfather in October of this past year and it was very hard. I’m praying for you and know that He will comfort your family!!

  16. oh my gosh jess! bless your sweet heart! I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your grandmother. i still think of mine every day… know she is with you always in your heart! i hope you feel better soon!!! it wont be long and you will some day think of this moment and laugh!! 🙂
    You and your family are in my prayers!

  17. Oh my gosh, I would have freaked if I heard someone falling like that. Poor Jess. Thank God you’re okay, and that you were able to be there for your Great Grandmother.

  18. Wow. I hope that your back gets to feeling better. I’m sorry to hear about your GGMother, but it sounds like she is in a much better place. Enjoy your time with your family and take care of yourself!

  19. Sending well wishes from Maine!

    Get better soon and hope your family is celebrating your Great Grandmothers life–95 years–she must have seen a lot and I’m sure was a treasure to your family.

  20. OMGosh what a STORY!!! I can no longer say that I had a bad week – you poor thing!! 🙁

    Feel better soon!! I myself lost a Great Grandmother not too long ago, she was such a strong and independent woman, I loved her dearly. Sounds like you had much of the same Great Grandmother. So great that you were able to be with her for so many wonderful years.

  21. oh jess… my friend, i am so heavy with the recent post on your blog. this is so frustrating and painful, literally and emotionally. i send my thoughts and prayers with you as you pass through this very tough period. please take good care of yourself and rely on your friends and family to support you and smooth things out. i’m so glad you have such a wonderful husband to help take care of you! get well, take your time, and surround yourself in love! 🙂

  22. jess-
    came over here to check out your most inspiring work – and saw this…I’m SO SORRY! Here’s to a speedy recovery. Thinking of you and your family.

  23. Jessica,
    You are so sweet. I am sorry for all you went through Monday. We are looking forward to meeting you very soon. 🙂 Mandy Rowland

  24. Sorry Jess! Our prayers are with you and your family. I hope you are able to get relaxation time for your back and body to heal. Love you and ALWAYS thinking of

  25. Jessica,

    Sorry to hear about your loss.
    We have been out of town for 10 day’s with no access to the web, so just now able to catchup on your blog. I hope your back is feeling better everyday.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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