May 2007 Archives

Goodbye Cricket

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A really good dog passed away today. His family takes care of our pet family when we travel, and we like them as much as we like the pets. The story is a really sad one, the poor boy was in the car and the weather changed quickly from cool, rainy and gray to hot and sunny. He was still conscious when discovered, but the keys had been locked in the car, delaying the chance to help him out of his distress. He was pulled from the vehicle, buckets of cold water were poured on him, but alas, it was too late. Cricket will be taking a long nap under his favorite tree in his backyard this afternoon. Rest in peace Cricket. You will be missed.

back on my feet, well, sorta'

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After a dozen new X-rays, and 10 days totally off my "broken" foot, I have been told to get back in the game. Welcome words, in my honest opinion. I've never been one to sit about, and it was getting darned depressing. I think the naps had little to do with healing after the first week... The last three days showed (and I felt) seriously large gains in the repair of ligaments and general bruising. I had big doses of pain followed by big gains in appearance and spans of time pain-free. Now I'm to use the foot, work out the tightened Achilles tendon, and ditch the dreaded crutchs as soon as I can. yay. The best part is being able to have a free hand to carry things around, be useful, productive. I used only one crutch all day, was able to drive, but walked very slowly at the hospital. I took one nap before dinner (had been up and about on both feet since 7am, a first in 9 days). Have no pain now that I am off both feet, stretched out in bed and resting. Gonna watch a free Netflix movie to keep me down and occupied, then I'll rest body and soul. Another injury story for the history book. Tween's Mother'sDay card was addressed "TO MY BROKEN MOTHER". I have no retort. The same morning, hubby asked "Are you going to be &itchy agan today?" The retort I had for that would not be fit to print!

You're not from around here, are you?

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I've played this game before, but due to forced boredom, I just tried it again. The "What American Accent Do You Have?" game. Check it out. Mine's right on, and here's the results to prove it:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I think it's broken.

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I am laid up with an injury. The computer is my best friend, after satellite TV, as soon as I can arrange a comfortable resting place for the the swollen body part that used to resemble my left foot. I fell on it Saturday evening and chipped a bone. The bone problem is going to be alright, they tell me, but the ripped up ligaments, three in all, are causing all the problems. I'm supposed to stay off it until next Monday. Yeah, right. Sure Doc. This guy doesn't know me at all.

Right now, since I still don't have a way to elevate it while I'm at the computer (my desk is in a corner, and I know better than to sit twisted while typing...) my foot is resting on the floor with the weight of my leg bearing down on it. I can feel my pulse in my ankle, and it's not a warm and fuzzy feeling. But I don't EVER take these things sitting down, pun intended. I break all the rules, move when I should be still, run when I should walk, and have come out just fine none-the-less.

Granted, the swelling has reduced by about half in the 48 hours since it happened, the rainbow of skin colors all over my foot are pretty, and I'm hoping to wash my hair, somehow, today. But yesterday I did manage to get the PA at the osteopath office to agree to abandon the cast (YUK), and recheck it in 7 days, rather than 14. I except to be walking on it by then, even though that's when he'll tell me "you can start putting some weight on it now, but let pain be your guide." It already feels good to wiggle my toes, flex and point a bit. Feels really good. Obviously, no lateral movement is wise whatsoever. That part I understand, and yes, the pain heightens my understanding. However crutches really suck. I feel so unstable on them. And I can't do much. I'm better crawling on hands and knees, or even walking on my knees. Then I feel like I'm using my left thigh, hips, etc., and my very overworked right thigh gets a break.

This is not the first time I've done this. Exactly this. It was 15 years ago. 8 weeks before my wedding. I'll tell that story next entry.