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... but my summer vacation is now on hold.


I tore my Achilles tendon (a LONG time ago, in a galaxy far, far away) and it started acting up about 4-5 months ago.  I finally was able to get in to see a specialist today and I am now wearing one of those huge boot-casts.  I even have a special one to sleep in.  And I start physical therapy tomorrow morning.  So I am stuck in the lowest level of the house, and am totally hoping that the physical therapy will help me avoid having surgery to repair the damage.  Hearing a foot specialist say "Oh My Goodness - would you look at THAT?" when he looks at the MRI is not encouraging, however...


OK -- so here are the positives that I am trying to look at:

  • This is not happening during the school year. 
  • I do not have to walk the dog when my daughter is at home.
  • I do not have to do any grocery shopping.
  • I do not have to take out the garbage.
  • ...

I think I'll stop complaining!  LOL -- actually, if it didn't hurt as much as it does, this would be funny.  Almost.

So... I'm knitting, reading the "Elm Creek" books, and trying not to think about having to wear this klunky boot once school does start.  We have to do a fire drill once a week during the first month of school... do you think I can get an exemption?  (Pretty please?)

Anyhow, as they used to say on SNL, "It's always something" -- and especially at my house!

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Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on July 28, 2011 at 6:09am
Sorry about your leg, I can so sympathize.  4 1/2 months of being non weight bearing and still hobbling around, I could make you a list  a mile long!!!! grin..........    I am reading a book series by Debbie Macomber called "Midnight Sons"  It is light hearted and fun.  That might be a good read while you are down.  I am on volume 3 now.  Take care of yourself, we only have one of us!!!! 
Comment by karenthequilter on July 21, 2011 at 12:50pm
Oh my, gardengirl!  At least you have a good sense of humor about it.  And don't forget quilty hand work!  Bindings, applique, english paper piecing, all can be done between Elm Creek chapters.
Comment by Lou Ann Brach/MD on July 21, 2011 at 11:56am

Take care and obey the Drs. orders! You won't get to be pampered any more than having a Dr. tell you to stay off of your feet!

In the town where I came from, they have started piloting the year round school in 1 elementary school, hoping that the children won't have to be retaught quite so much at the first of the year. Those youngsters started on July 11, and you know that the teachers started at least 2 weeks earlier - minimum. Next year there will be 5 schools starting after having a 6 week break. There will be breaks throughout the year, so that the school days will be the same. I'm only telling you this, as VA could have started piloting and it could have been your school. Something else to be thankful for!!!!

Elm Street books are the bomb! I had another favorite author Stephanie Grace Whitson and her first series started with Sarah's Patchwork. She blended in frontier living in NE with quilts and Indians. She quit writing for awhile (after her husband died after having a bone marrow transplant), but has started writing again. You might like to read some of her books too.

Take care and have a very speedy and complete recovery!!!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 20, 2011 at 3:21pm
Oh yeah, I have had a few of those kind of comments from medical people. I knew when they wanted to take more pictures to use for teaching that something was definitely amiss!  I'm so glad you are now getting that foot cared for and hopefully you can avoid surgery.  Be good to yourself -- there is MUCH to be thankful for.
Comment by Terry F on July 20, 2011 at 2:47pm
I hope it's not your foot pedal foot!  I've had the clunky boot, but after a plaster cast it seemed like an improvement,  :0).
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on July 20, 2011 at 12:54pm
Hope you have a speedy recovery. As for that boot - it might come in handy at school opening, a few 'accidental booting' should keep those kids in tow.
Comment by Jennie Steward on July 20, 2011 at 6:31am
Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!  Sorry you are down for the summer....look on the bright side....you can catch up on hand work and reading!
Comment by Irene Gallway on July 20, 2011 at 6:11am

I hope the therapy will keep you away from surgery. It's hard being laid up with injuries, so it's my prayer you will be good as new before too long.  I broke my foot years ago, and was in a hard cast to my knee. You truly have my sympathy.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 19, 2011 at 9:03pm
Oh, my.  It IS always something, isn't it?  Enjoy the Elm Creek books -- I have  read every one and loved (or at least liked) them all.  So, when does school start?  Here it is August 17.  And, how long are you going to have to wear that thing?  Best wishes for a very speedy recovery, by the way.  And yes, if I was in charge of the school, you would be excused from the weekly fire drills.  Unless, of course, the school is actually on fire!
Comment by Laurie on July 19, 2011 at 8:46pm
Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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