When I was 12, I dislocated my knee cap during a school basketball game. It was the freakiest thing I have every seen. I was skipping down the court free as a bird when all of the sudden found myself staring up at the ceiling with my knee cap twisted to the side of my leg. I was 12, so obviously, I had no idea what was happening, but neither did the teachers and coaches. Their reactions did nothing to further my confidence in adults as I believed (and still do) that most adults are actually zombies in disguise.
One teacher even laughed at my predicament, which confirms that she was a zombie getting ready to eat my partially detached limb, because who laughs at a 12 year old who has just dislocated their knee??
Others have told me that seeing a child in pain probably made her uncomfortable and her laughter was a way to release the obvious tension she felt, however, I am not convinced, especially as she wiped drool from her chin as she was comforting me.
Annnnnyway, knowing the signs of dislocation are very, VERY important so you can avoid being in pain whenever possible, as physical pain is one of the most undesirable feelings a body can experience while in mortality. Now, I'm not talking the kind of pain you feel after you've run, or done yoga, or eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner, I'm talking about the kind of pain that (even as you think about it) takes your breath away and gives you that squiggily-jiggily-blehgy-sick feeling whenever it crosses your mind--kind of like the feeling one gets while preparing one's taxes, except not as bad.
Some of the signs of dislocation include: suddenly laying on the ground, writhing in pain, feeling your shoulder hanging loose from your torso, noticing that your thumb is at an odd angle compared to the rest of your body, and not being able to think, walk, act, speak or really do anything useful except scream and drool into a bucket.
Do yourself a favor, and follow my example: avoid dislocation all together and get yourself a scooter chair. You'll be glad you did.
Have you ever dislocated something?