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Did you know we'll give you a 'pass' on the writing standards, if you have a temporary disability? And would you kindly send your best wishes to Jeruba?

Asked by augustlan (47399points) February 27th, 2011

As far as I know, this is the first time this situation has ever come up.

Jeruba, usually one of the best writers among us, has just broken her right arm. She has asked for permission to use txtspk and imperfect typing while she heals. Rather than deprive Fluther of her wonderful contributions for the duration, we’ve granted her request. Please be patient with her, jellies!

If a similar fate befalls another jelly, we’ll be happy to do the same. Please let me know if any of you are ever in need of such a pass. Thanks!
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In the interest of saving Jeruba from having to type out an explanation, here’s what happened:

As some of you are aware, Jeruba is already on crutches and in a cast for a broken foot. While attending the ballet yesterday (a wonderful performance of Swan Lake), she managed to navigate the stairs to and from her excellent balcony seat several times. After the show, however, disaster struck. Going down the steps for the final time, her right crutch missed a step, and down she went. Pirouetting on her left crutch, she spun completely around, fell down with all her weight on her right wrist, and tumbled down several additional stairs. The helpful lady ~ below her kindly stepped aside and let her fall.

She said it struck her as so ridiculous that she ended up lying there laughing so hard, and for so long, that others around her began to suspect a head wound! Happily, her brain is just fine. :)

At the ER, she had the docs remove her leg cast (she only had a week and a half to go), since she could no longer use the crutches. She is home now, drugged up to the gills and trying to rest.

Side note: Jeruba broke her foot while doing Yoga, and has now broken her arm at the ballet. Maybe she ought to try skydiving…

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JilltheTooth's avatar

Wouldn’t it have been safer to just go see “Black Swan”????I’m not mean, really, I’ve been PMing her with my sympathies!
But, honestly, the irony! Oh, the irony!

Dog's avatar

Get well soon Jeruba!

We would much rather have to decipher your contributions than not have them at all! I am so happy we are allowing this.

And holy cats! Stay away from sharp instruments and amusement parks!

Kardamom's avatar

Get well Jeruba! There’s a bunch of kids (and adults) on here that need your help. : ) Feel better soon.

Ladymia69's avatar

Good god, yoga and ballet really are dangerous. Heal well, Jeruba!

chyna's avatar

So sorry about your clumsiness. <giggles at the image of the lady getting out of your way>
Seriously, I hope you heal quick. Thinking of you…

cookieman's avatar

Best wishes @Jeruba. I hope you heal quickly and your recovery is smooth.

and if you could combine your txtspk with some current street slang that’d be ducky.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Oh no! Get well soon, Jeruba! And please ignore the suggestion to go skydiving. Given your recent luck, you’d fall up and just keep going.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Yoga and attending a ballet, if that doesn’t beat all! Nowhere is “safe”.~
Here’s to @Jeruba on the mend.
:D

Jeruba's avatar

oh thk u so much augie & all 4 yr good wishes. it is ok 2 laf. just not in a mean way k? i gigled 4 hrs last eve. from the moment i landed and saw my bent arm. howevr i kind of stopd l8r sfter the nice morphine wore off. still dk if my foot hurts or not.

JilltheTooth's avatar

The morphine didn’t wear off, @Jeruba , it just succumbed to gravity. That’s why your foot doesn’t hurt. ;-)

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Jeruba: I imagined Cate Blanchett speaking with a terrible cold when I read your response. :)

janbb's avatar

Oh Jeruba! The dangers of life as an intellectual! Your erudite posts delivered in txtspk! Feel better soon, sweetie and don’t deprive us of your marvelous words – eevn if u hav to mak thm shrtr.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Personally, I Love the concept of @Jeruba using txtspk – if I wasn’t this exhausted, I’d do a wonderful analysis on shifting linguistic paradigms. Get well!

janbb's avatar

Tlk bout b-n hst by ur own ptard!

JLeslie's avatar

How ironic. Of all the Jellies @Jeruba is using txtspk. Get well soon @Jeruba :).

jaytkay's avatar

it is ok 2 laf. just not in a mean way k? i gigled 4 hrs last eve.

This is your Jeruba on drugs, people. Any questions?

Sorry to hear about your broken bones. Wishing you a speedy pain-free recovery!

dreamer31's avatar

I enjoy your answers and definitely agree that it is better for you to textspk than not at all.
Heal quickly!

rooeytoo's avatar

Jeez matey, and you’re still just a spring chicken, wait until you are as old as I, then you will really be in deep do do!

ETpro's avatar

@Jeruba Best wishes for a speedy recovery and txtspk away. I can learn something from the experience. Note. No reply required.

wundayatta's avatar

Ok, I am really, really scared now. @Jeruba is waaaaay too good at txtspk. Jeruba, have you been holding out on us? Do you have a dirty little secret to tell us? Did you really break your wrist, or are you just pretending so you can have an excuse to express yourself in your most preferred? Hmmmmmm?

I can’t believe you fell down the steps at the Ballet. That sounds so awful. Love the caring nature of your fellow ballet goers. Next time, maybe you should bring grappling hooks.

I do hope your wrist gets better soon so you can type like the Jeruba I’m used to. I am going to have a hell of a time puzzling over your comments. My mind isn’t as quick as it used to be, I’m afraid.

Dog's avatar

@cockswain And I laughed big time!
Flag her now while you can guys! You won’t get another chance once she is healed and med-free!~

rooeytoo's avatar

Jeruba Just look what havoc you have wreaked, you injuries forced me to give @cockswain a ga! :-)

tranquilsea's avatar

Get better soon.

Now I’ll have to learn text speak. I’ve avoided it ‘til this point.

Jeruba's avatar

now darlins i hav 2 xplain a few thigs

no. 1, i was gigling lying on the stairs long befor the paramedx came thats why they kept askg me my name & age & if i hit my hed

no. 2, i had carpal tunl surgery on rt hand in 2008 & THATS when i had to swalo my pryd & start typing like my brain hd been marinated in drano

no. 3, i wish i knew som good sreet slang becuz il in the mood 2 uz it, thax.

hav found the humor in this, stil looking 4 th poetry.

JmacOroni's avatar

This is something that I never thought I’d see.
Hope you heal quickly! :)

jaytkay's avatar

stil looking 4 th poetry.

What is txtspk for Nantucket?

faye's avatar

Good luck with recovery and what bad luck that lady didn’t catch you! Your textspeak will be fun for us.

Jeruba's avatar

gona giv u a LOL 4 that @jaytkay & i bet you nevr thot youd hear that from me

this is not actuly txtspk, my kids scoff at the idea ‘mum no one texts like that’

bye 4 now—dope kicking in

thanx all xoxo

seazen's avatar

Feel better and get well soon. * sigh *

augustlan's avatar

I cannot stop giggling at this Jeruba, drugged up and txtspking. :)

We love you! Hope this heals quickly. <3

Bellatrix's avatar

Aww hope you feel better soon Jeruba and the arm and foot aren’t too painful. I don’t care if you use textspeak at all. I stuff up when typing all the time so at least you have a really, really good excuse!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Oh @Jeruba,...
Dear Lady, Please recover soon. We need you.

Before you fall into the arms of Morpheus please take note of something. Do the colors of the letters and words change? Are they muted or do the still look BRIGHT ? Also when you type in txtspk does the color follow the word meaning or the letter. ‘Enquiring’ minds want/need to know.
Don’t answer now. Just relax… relax… you’re getting sleepy…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Best wishes Jeruba. Sorry to hear cultural events are so dangerous.

marinelife's avatar

@Jeruba Oh, how sorry I am to hear of your fall. And what a pain that it was your right arm. Mend quickly, Jeruba!

(P.S. Are you sure it wasn’t Black Swan that you went to see and ran afowl of the title character?)

thorninmud's avatar

OK, we’ll tolerate the txtspk, but don’t abuse. If you start asking “Does he like me?” questions, we’re suspending your account until the opiates are out of your system.

Now go knit some bone.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Oh, no, @thorninmud , I’d love to see @Jeruba get going on some of those Qs with opiate influence and txtspk! Think of the fun we could have!

janbb's avatar

Oh my word – what a witty community we are! I’ll never tell you what I’ve injured!

erichw1504's avatar

Get well soon @Jeruba!

Jeruba's avatar

just got back from ortho doc – he cd not correct it under local anesth bec it was too wildly painful so i have to go under general on fri

@worriedguy the color folows the letrs excep that i notice in some places it actuly folos the letrs that sb there insted of what i typd

dont u want to know what i dreamd so u cn tel me what it means? i already know he likes me

back to bed now

bunnygrl's avatar

Oh no!!!! <hugs @Jeruba tightly> honey I’m so sorry to hear this. Seriously, that woman moved and let you fall? I’m sorry, but what a bitch. I’ve caught people (and a chair too once when the wheel shot off and work friend and chair both went for a trip) and been caught before too at work when my knee gave in on me on my way downstairs, a lovely co-worker literally grabbed me by the arm and held on. What kind of a person allows someone to fall down the stairs, especially when they’re hurt already? That’s just nasty.

I hope you feel better honey, sending mountains of hugs your way <huggles> xx

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba in txtspk and on drugs is a hoot but I am sorry you are going thorugh this, sweetie!

tedibear's avatar

@Jeruba – First things first, please heal well and quickly! You are one of my favorite jellies and I would like to see you back here in one piece.

Secondly, bwahahahahahahahahahaha! You using txtspk has to be one of the funniest things I’ve seen online – ever. I want to print out your posts and frame them. Srsly.

janbb's avatar

And I got by with a typo in my last post that you didn’t catch. Boohoo!

JmacOroni's avatar

I have to agree with @tedibear. This really is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read online, though of course I feel awful that @Jeruba is going through this mess.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Jeruba <3 Heal Quickly! Til then I’ll have a good chuckle @ ur txt spk ;0)

wilma's avatar

@Jeruba I hope you get better quickly!

This is quite funny isn’t it?

I have trouble understanding the txtspk

dreamer31's avatar

It is a good thing that you look at the bright side of life and find humor in everything, laughter can speed the healing process:)

I’m not vry good @ txt spk eihtr

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Get well soon,Jeruba! :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Oh no, @Jeruba! Well, my goodness! Of course, you are excused for the duration. I hope you’re feeling better soon, although with the right amount of drugs, I know you’ll feel pretty darn good for a while! Take care!

wilma's avatar

I wish I would have known about the “pass” a couple of months ago, when I had surgery on my dominate arm and it was unusable.

@Jeruba I hope you have some good helpers at home. Sending best wishes to you!

Jeruba's avatar

i’m delited to be able to suply so much good wholsom entertainment for this wayward crew,

@Simone_De_Beauvoir i hope you get around to that analysis of shifting linguistic paradigms. i have nevr had a chnce 2b a paradigm shifter b4. its a thrill

minimalism is probbly a beter term 4 my presnt style than txtspk.

downtide's avatar

@Jeruba hope you get well soon. {{hugs}}

Buttonstc's avatar

Ouch. I’m hurting just at the thought of what you’re going thru.

But as much as I am so sorry for your current plight, I must admit to suppressing a tiny smile at the inherent irony of the situation of you, of all people, being forced into the ignominy of having to butcher the English language. That is just wrong wrong wrong on so many levels :)

It’s a shame you don’t have an iPhone. If you did, you could use a FREE app called Dragon Dictate.

It basically allows one to speak into the iPhone and see your words come out in text. That would certainly spare you a world of hurt.

This little app is a free version of it’s larger sibling, a pretty costly program for regular computers.

You don’t happen to have an iPhone hanging around, do you?

And on a side note, the 3Gs just dropped in price to $50.

So, if you get tired of “sorta txtspk” there are alternatives.

I hope your surgery goes well.

augustlan's avatar

@wilma We didn’t even know about the pass, until Jeruba asked for one. It never even occurred to us. Sorry about that! I’m glad you’re back in top form. :)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Is anyone else having trouble translating Jeruba’s txtspk? It’s so unusual it’s messing with my head. Thanks Jeruba for the entertainment. Janbb, caught your typo first time through.
Jeruba, get well soon. It’s not going to be fun for the next few months.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

awwww so sry to hear abt ur arm. stupd wmn shldve cot u. cnt blve u r typng so cute. sux that ur hurt but funny to c u txtspk! this thrd will b savd 4ever.

Seriously, though… I really am sorry that you’ve gone through so much lately! But you have to think about what everyone else has said- if yoga and ballet are so dangerous, perhaps you should try bungee jumping or swimming with sharks.

Jeruba's avatar

u gyz make me laf. thx

Buttonstc's avatar

@AW

If you think Jeruba’s version is difficult, you should try @Gailcalled.

Anyone want to hazard a guess at what “bldy” signifies?

Had me wondering all last night. I didn’t know till she kindly dropped me a clue and I realized it was connected to the word “amazing” which immediately followed it :)

Jeruba's avatar

whats rong w gail? is she broken 2? link plz!

‘bloody?’

well if nuthn else this thred wil serve as a great lesson in why we hav spelling standrds

janbb's avatar

I suspect @jeruba,‘s @gailcalled’s and my text speak is all erstz. NBG!

janbb's avatar

(And my punctuation marks ae now messin’ with my head!)

JilltheTooth's avatar

And your spelling. “ae”?

janbb's avatar

No, err – that was txtspk?/

JilltheTooth's avatar

pfffffth. (Still can’t spell the raspberry noise…)

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

ttthhhhbbbpppttttt

Buttonstc's avatar

@Jeruba

I’m on iPhone. Sorry I can’t do links :(

And yes, you got it. Bloody it was. Who knew she was such an Anglophile?

And it is becoming increasingly apparent why writing standards are necessary on Fluther?

Txtspk can be really obtuse and confusing. But you’re exigency definitely qualifies you for a tempo pass.

But I’m sure you’ll heave a huge sigh of relief when you’re back to nrml.

This is Tues. Did you have the surgery yet? How did it go?

Jeruba's avatar

i knew she was such an Anglophile

surg friday

janbb's avatar

We will be sending our best vibes and warmest wishes your way for an easy surgery and recovery @Jeruba – all joking aside.

JilltheTooth's avatar

We’ll call it Jelluba Power! All that positive energy going your way.

wundayatta's avatar

Um… I just tore off a hangnail, and boy does that sting! Could I have my pass, please? I mean, cd i hv my pass pls?

KatawaGrey's avatar

@wundayatta: Haven’t you heard? After 40k, you never get moderated. Ever.~

Haleth's avatar

I’m so sorry that this happened! I would have taken my crutch and tripped the helpful~ lady, seriously. Instead, not only do you have a sense of humor about this, but you’re spreading the cheer around! All the best for Friday!

AmWiser's avatar

OMG! Plz GWS. HUGZ!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Jeruba psst, bad luck- u haz it. wtch 4 doorjams n knobs.

Jeruba's avatar

update wed night: now it is going to be open surgery meaning cutting – for perfect alignment of fragments instead of just ‘good enuf.’ usual surgical risks but betr chance of avoiding trouble later includg arthritis.

you wont believ this tho:

my youngr son lives w us. his gf is here a lot & is very sweet & has been v helpful to me as i’ve been impaired & recuperating. 2nyt my son blew out the door saying she had fallen and injured her rt arm & he was going 2 meet her at clinic. a little while l8r she walkd in w her rt arm in a sling.

augustlan's avatar

Oh my God. It’s contagious!

Good luck with your surgery, girlie. <3

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Jeruba: U mite want 2 considr an xorcism. Gd lk lady.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Jeruba : Sometimes, solidarity is not a good thing!

wilma's avatar

Oh dear!

marinelife's avatar

That is taking fellow feeling a bit too far. Where is your house? Oh, I could find it by the dark cloud hanging over it.

janbb's avatar

Oy vey!

cookieman's avatar

That settles it. I am not coming by for tea unless wrapped in bubble-wrap.

janbb's avatar

Remember Typhoid Mary?

ETpro's avatar

@janbb You know what they meant when they said, “When it rains it pours.” Best wishes for good pain meds and quick recovery for her too.

marinelife's avatar

Anyone heard from Jeruba post-surgery?

janbb's avatar

Nothing here yet.

augustlan's avatar

Nope. I got a pre-message about three hours ago, though. She said they’d rescheduled her from 5:30AM to later in the day, and that she was leaving for the hospital in about 20 minutes.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Tentacles crossed here!

augustlan's avatar

I just got a text message from her: “Surg went fine”. Yay!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

That’s great news!

marinelife's avatar

Hurray for Jeruba!

janbb's avatar

Yippee for Jeruba! (sigh)

JilltheTooth's avatar

Too many busted Jellies, with any luck Jeruba’s surgery is the last for awhile! Glad she’s OK…

Jeruba's avatar

hi guys this is realy my first time out of bed since geting home fri afternoon. first day the pain has begun to bak off enuf to sit up. i am totaly doped up & looking forward to geting my brains back. i stammer & cant think of simple words. but very glad for some pain relief.

son’s gf ended up without a fracture, just banged up, & she seems to hav recovred from her head injury. we r all improving a little.

thank you all so much for yr kind thots – i truly believ in the ameliorative effects of sympathetic concern – so thanks, you are making me feel better

janbb's avatar

All right! You go Jeruba! Can’t keep a good woman down!

JilltheTooth's avatar

What? No way to txtspk “ameliorative”? If anybody could’ve done it, I would have put my money on you, @Jeruba! Brain must be OK if you can spell it out!

augustlan's avatar

Thanks for keeping us posted! Sending healing, pain-free thoughts your way.

Jeruba's avatar

@JilltheTooth i cd hav writn ‘amelrtv’ but who wd get it? i fumbled w/dict.com to bring up the page & then copy-pasted

its the simple words i cant think of, silly. the hard ones are stil there.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

We are so happy to hear that you’re recovering well, @Jeruba! I’m sure everyone is also quite happy to hear about your son’s girlfriend. Healing thoughts and prayers sent your way, along with hugs, kisses, morphine, rum and chocolates. =0)

Jeruba's avatar

thx sweetie xo

cookieman's avatar

Glad to hear you’re on the mend. Feel better soon.

and the girlfriend-in-law – might be a keeper, no?

tedibear's avatar

Glad you’re on the mend! Take good care of yourself!

Buttonstc's avatar

I’m so happy to hear your surg was successful.

Continuing to send healing thoughts and prayers your way.

Jeruba's avatar

update tues. 3/15:

11 days post-op, i’m feeling much better. the pain is down to a manageable level, i’ve reduced the meds a lot, and i’m beginning to be able to do tiny things with my splinted right wrist, such as flipping a light switch and steadying a notepad while i scrawl on it with my feral left hand.

oddest thing of all in this business is my injured right foot: ripped untimely from the immobilizing cast in the emergency room, it seemed to hurt—but who could tell with all the meds? however, it actually seems to be hurting less by the day, so that i am beginning to take short excursions without the crutch and experimentally putting more weight on it. weird.

again i deeply appreciate all the good thoughts and wishes and encouraging pms. you guys are psychic band-aids. no, psychic get-well bouquets. that’s it.

janbb's avatar

Great to hear; I was about to pm for an update!

downtide's avatar

Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

augustlan's avatar

Thanks for keeping us posted! Glad you’re on the mend.

wilma's avatar

Thanks for the good news!

cookieman's avatar

Almost back to fighting form.

ETpro's avatar

Thanks for the update, and I am delighted to hear you are slowly getting back your abilities. Keep moving, but don’t push it too hard.

Buttonstc's avatar

I’m so glad to read that you’re on the mend after a successful surgery.

Keep on texting !

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Thank you very much for the update! You seem to be recovering well, and that’s fabulous!

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