OK so on Christmas eve I went to walmart for some last minute stocking stuffers with my 3 children and one of their girlfriends.
As I entered the store there was a large pool of water on the floor mixed with sleet and freezing slick liquid. The wet floor signs were out but over
to the side near the wall but already having a pre existing condition with bad knee , began to cross the area where there was no safe rubberized
carpet with extreme caution.
I have crossed this slick area many times before and did not slip or fall but this time as soon as I stepped onto the wet floor between the carpets,
my foot slipped out to my right and I caught myself with a strong jarring motion which made my hip make a snapping noise, my knee jumped out of place
and yet I caught myself from falling.
At this point I knew my knee was displaced and was in serious pain. I had my youngest help me to a cart and I rested my arms on it to alleviate any
pressure on the knee and figured I would simply walk it off.
With big plans and much driving ahead of me I was not in the position to call for an ambulance and get carted off leaving my family in a lurch and be
an imposition on my family.
My middle son was returning a gun that would not work properly and so I met him at the service desk to show my ID and the receipt. It was at this
point my hip, back entire leg and spine began to hurt very badly, but no stranger to pain I just told the employess in an angry voice to go clean up
the water on the entry floor as I had slipped and was in pain from it.
They asked at that point if I wanted to make a report and I said no, not at this time, but that the important thing is to sop up the slick mess at the
By the time I made it back to toys, hanging on the cart, I knew I was a goner, now in extreme pain, it was apparent my knee was out and hip somehow
involved in the jarring I took upon entering the store.
We cut our shopping short and as I was leaving the store asked for a manager to make a report. I told them no matter how much I wanted to be OK, I was
not and that this may need to be looked at by a DR.
The manager came and she was the first indication that walmart is not concerned about customer care, but rather began grilling me like a drill
sergeant about where I had sustained the alleged injury. I had to repeat 3 times that I was 'inside' walmart when I slipped. She also kept insisting
that I said fall, I told her that it would have been better had I fallen, but instead tried to correct myself, which it was now obvious was the most
painful way to go.
I made the report and to make a painful story short, spent the rest of the weekend, Christmas Holiday either on crutches or wheelchair, and in Extreme
pain, thinking something was broken in several spots along my leg, hip and knee. Losing sleep due to the pain is an understatement.
The stiffening began and some form of contraction of my hip as well. Everything on my right side contracting and in pain beyond words.
I got some pain killers and Rx strength Motrin from someone close, and took those to get through Christmas as a complete cripple on crutches and
wheelchair, but without as many screams when someone accidentally touched my foot or leg or I changed positions.
Now you may be wondering why I would place this in a conspiracy forum?
IMHO, and stupidity, I went yesterday to the local knee, hip specialist in our small community who is affiliated with the local bigbrother hospital.
They really are the 'company store' and accept large contributions from walmart as a rule.
Even though I told him about the entire body he only checked my knee and hip. Again long short, he made absolute light of my situation and put this
off as if it is because I am overweight and a smoker. My knee was hanging by a thread and he went on about how it is a preexisting condition bla bla
bla, and I said yes, but I KNOW that it was from the slip that I am here and the pain is the indicator of a new level of condition. My hip was fine
before this, my entire leg from ankle to sciatic was fine, he insisted it was no big deal.
Anyway he offered a cortizone shot in the hip and knee, I declined at my age to get cortizone, he agreed, kind of. He offered pain medication like
that could be what I am up to...
I told him again that is not the path at my age and activity level as well as personal responsibility with family both young and old. He prattled past
a suggestion for Mobic which I jumped on as my Mom once had it and it really worked well for me.
He showed me one little exercise of laying on the bed and doing a leg lift! Come on! I train my Sons in martial arts, meditation and yoga!!! I am
limber and had he tried my 'other' hip would have seen my ability!!!!!
I knew, knew to get out of there at this point! Even my 12 year old son KNEW, this guy was BSing me and probably paid by walmart to make light of
anyone coming in with a walmart complaint!!!
Anyway, I am making another appointment, and for a borderline agoraphobic, this is REALLY out of my comfort zone!!!
Not to mention when the chips are down I really don't have anyone to reply upon and am too stubborn and independent to call for a ride from the local
Yes I am grouchy as hell, pain does that, I can not sit here any longer and need to get up and strech a bit, but need some advice, support and help if
anyone knows how to tackle this.
I would like to see walmart be found responsible for their inability to keep customers safe. I did look online for about an hour last night to check
out all the blogs and websites devoted to litigation against walmart, so I see that the same wording is used in personal blogs as in sites that
advocate suits against walmart which are actually walmart sites!!!