Tuesday, September 15, 2009

10 reasons to be happy

Some days - some weeks - some months - some years are better than others. I'm trying to keep the main thing the main thing (because that's the main thing.) I have lots of reasons to be happy, but here is the list I will publish tonight (not in any particular order):

1. I have two doggies who are so excited to see me when I get home from work, they practically pee all over themselves.
2. The internet connection is working tonight.
3. The weather has been perfect lately.
4. My friend Q arrived home safely from her trip to Italy. :-)
5. My friend T is back at work after a very long medical leave. :-)
6. My leg is healing quickly.
7. Despite being born during the Johnson administration, I still only have about 8 grey hairs (and I haven't colored my hair since 1992).
8. Friends - you know who you are.
9. Family - hopefully, you also know who you are.
10. I have the world's most comfortable bed.

What would your list look like?

Monday, September 7, 2009

My right foot

Those of you who talk to me often or follow me on Facebook know that I had a little "incident" while walking the dogs last Tuesday night. I went out at 7PM that night and didn't get home until 11:30!!!

This is what my foot looked like while I was waiting for the results of my x-ray at St. Francis. Ha, you know how Moms always tell you to wear clean underwear in case you have to go to the Emergency Room? Well, when I saw this photo, I was so glad I'd had a recent pedicure! 

I knew what the x-ray would show: that something was broken, because I heard the crack when my ankle twisted - in fact, I can still hear it, each time I think to that moment in time and IT STILL FREAKS ME OUT. Sure enough, I have a fractured fibula. But it wasn't a clean break. In fact, the ER doc described it as "multiple chips." 

For the past 6 days, I've been home, and mostly in bed. I visited an orthopedic restorative specialist last week and he gave me a special walking boot that you can pump air into - very cool But I couldn't actually get it on my foot until Saturday . . . and even then, only for about 30 minutes. 

I kept it on several hours yesterday, and have had it on most of today. Earlier today I went out (I can't drive for 6 weeks, so I'm very thankful for S, my limo driver!) for my first "public" appearance since the accident (I don't count going to the ER or going to the orthopedic restorative clinic a public appearance!) We went to Starbucks, then over to Barnes & Noble, where after walking through the store I felt like I was going to die of pain, so much that I had to come home and lie down again!

I'm writing this entry from my bed. I've got my cryo cuff on (it's a really cool gadget that you put ice water in, then wrap around your foot, to reduce the pain and swelling) and I'm feelin' fine.

I'll have to go back to the office tomorrow. What was I saying last week about putting the big girl panties on?!!! Well, there's a time for everything, I guess!