Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So what was that stain?


 

A few years ago my husband had had recent surgery, and the doctor told him to take it easy for a couple of days. I had a frozen shoulder and was dealing with pain from the physical therapy. I tried making an ice pack out of a Zip Loc bag, but learned the hard way that they are not leak proof.

So the day after hubby's surgery, both of us were writhing in pain at bedtime. Sometime during the night...

I woke up before dawn with the faintest moonlight filtering through the room and fuzziness in my head. My hand was wet, slippery, slimy. I squinted at the bed and realized my hand was covered in blood, clots and all. One of us had hemorrhaged. I ripped back the covers and screamed for Bill to wake up.

He pointed out the obvious, it wasn't him. The bag of frozen blueberries perched on my shoulder had thawed and broken open. We donated the mattress to Salvation army, purple stain and all. Can you imagine what the needy person who bought our mattress thought? 

What would YOU have thought?

15 comments:

thisisme said...

Oh dear! I bet that was quite frightening for a moment!! Ugh, to the blood clots!!! Hope it's warmer over there than it is here at the moment. We are having a Siberian cold spell, with bitterly cold winds :(

Debra Mayhew said...

Wow! Not a fun way to wake up! Had I seen that mattress at the Salvation Army I would've thought "sick child" and hurried on my way. :)

Beth M. Wood said...

Hilarious! You could probably write a great short-short fiction story about that mattress...!

Bobby Smith said...

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Oh yeah! What a wake up! Funny!

Bookie said...

Oh, it sounds like that night was just the berries!

Susan said...

ha ha ha ha ha That was a good, "blue" story, Linda.

What would i have thought if I saw that mattress? Well, I think I would have thought, "I'm buying a new one, instead." Thanks for sharing your funny story. Susan

Daisy said...

Hahaha! Oh dear. If I saw the stain on the mattress, my guess would have been spilled wine, perhaps. I wouldn't have bought the mattress though. Cute story!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Blueberries, huh? You should have made muffins with those! Next time you need an ice pack, add some rubbing alchol to the water in the bag and it will be cold, but not solid, so you can mold it to your aching part. And it won't leave a purple stain!

Joanne Noragon said...

Those blueberry stains are permanent! I lost a favorite chair to grandchildren and blueberries and the TV.

Lynn said...

Linda, you're funny. I've missed your previous posts... finally got my Sasee copy, so I'll send the article your way. And what a sweet thing for hubby to say to Nicole about beauty.

Sioux said...

It's a regular Lucy-Desi routine over at your house, isn't it?

Very funny...

Merlesworld said...

Next time use frozen peas, even if the bag breaks open the stain will be green, less like a murder scene unless there was someone from Mars involved.
Merle....

Val said...

At least Bill didn't say, "Why so blue?"

In your future, I see an evening at a total stranger's house watching Breakfast at Tiffany's, marred by an embarrassing grape juice faux pas concerning a white couch.

Debora said...

Ha! I'm really chuckling about this one! So if someone might perhaps want a new mattress and that someone's hubby doesn't agree...the next 'injury' that someone should use a slightly torn bag of frozen blueberries as an ice pack??? I dunno who would do that...

K9friend said...

Stain or no, I'm not sure I have the courage to buy a used mattress.

Pat
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