=== by Bob Sutherland ===
My mother is concerned about my health. Over the past few days she has heard me coughing while talking to her on the telephone.
More importantly, she was a witness when I recently tripped and fell. I was outside at the top of some cement steps carrying a load. I heroically managed to protect the fragile things I was carrying. I dropped them but not before my hands were below my knees. My cell phone, laptop and other valuables rolled down a few steps before coming to a stop. Nothing was damaged except for me.
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When I lost my balance I thought I was going to go head first down the cement steps. That was the direction my body was flying uncontrollably. Somehow as I was falling I pushed myself sideways with my clumsy feet. I landed with a hard thump on my side hurting my knee, bum and shoulder. An hour later my wrist started aching as the pain subsided near my other joints.
Today after a few days of convalescent rest at home I have no broken bones. There are no marks on my skin except for a mark that looks like it was made with a cow rancher's branding iron on one of my buttocks. My right wrist is a bit tender but I have full motion as I use my computer mouse and keyboard. I seem to have recovered completely. Or have I?
Here are three recent photos all taken in the same room. Do I look normal and healthy? Is the camera flash and room lighting playing tricks on me? Is my skin actually changing colour? Since when do I have blueish-green hair? The colouring seems to be all wrong. Even my shirt is changing colour.
I just had my eyes examined a few days before the accident. The optometrist concluded my eyes were in better health now than during previous exams. Mind you, all I did was sleep and rest my eyes for two days before my appointment so that I would score well this time.
Am I healthy and normal? Did I bang my head when I fell? I do not know. I do not feel any headache or pain but I look awful in these photographs. I tried taking a few selfies of myself to send to my mother to reassure her that I am okay. Now looking at the photos I am starting to wonder if I am truly sick or is there something seriously wrong with me. What do you think?
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