Agony of fall while people just pass by
While running for a bus, I tripped and fell in Belgrave Gate. I had been bird-watching with a small wildlife group in Castle Gardens, and after splitting up and calling in at the market, I was making my way back for the park-and-ride service.
Unfortunately, in my haste my toe caught on some rough road and I launched into the air and thumped and skidded down on my right side.
My right knee took the full impact, along with my little finger and wrist. I was in agony.
I couldn't move my right leg, let alone attempt try to get up.
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I think I must have lain there for a full three or four minutes, groaning with the pain in my leg, before anyone came to my aid. It was quite near to the clock tower and people were passing me in droves. A normal busy Saturday lunchtime.
I just find it hard to believe that all these people were passing by and not one person could step off the kerb and ask if I was all right. I was lying in the road for goodness sake!
I was in extreme pain. Eventually, a gentleman did come and suggested I must not try to move. He did seem quite concerned. Thank you.
And a young lady took off her coat and put it over me. The weather, although sunny, was freezing. Thank you.
Then some security staff from the Haymarket centre came to my assistance and made me comfortable and said that an ambulance was on its way. Thank you security staff.
Luckily, there were no bones broken and I eventually gathered myself together in the ambulance. (Thank you ambulance staff). I am limping around with a very painful knee now and wondering what sort of people were passing me by as I lay on the ground in agony.
Just for anyone who sees this I am the lady lying in the road with the green fleece jacket and hat and the red and black rucksack on my back for my binoculars.
I wasn't a drunk or druggy. It was some broccoli and celery in the blue carrier bag flung out in front of me when I fell.
No, I am a 67-year-old lady, who had enjoyed a nice morning looking at the birds (for conservation purposes) which gather in our city's green areas. And I was hurrying to get that bus so that I could get home and carry on with studying Shostakovich, for the Open University degree I am doing.
Carol Williams, Quorn.