Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ten Weeks and Four Days

This past Monday I went to the ortho clinic.  I had xrays and then I waited nervously as the FNP looked them over.  "It looks good," he said.  "Actually, really good.  I'm going to go ahead and release you.  Merry Christmas."

Ten weeks and four days.  From the date of my fall to the date of my release from treatment, ten weeks and four days.  The doctor originally predicted it would take me twelve weeks to heal.  This might be the first time I've ever gotten anything done ahead of time.

I wished him a merry Christmas too and turned to go.  He paused in the doorway, grinning.  "Now this doesn't mean you can go straight to the lumberyard, pick up fifty pounds of materials, and start working on your house."  My reputation precedes me.  I laughed.  "What can I do?" I asked.  "Anything you want," he said, "as long as it doesn't hurt or put too much pressure on that collarbone."

Anything I want...anything...

First things first:  get rid of that damn figure-of-eight splint.   As soon as I got home I threw it on the floor and stomped on it.   Then I grabbed a lighter with the intention of destroying the splint by fire, but since my entire yard is covered with about six inches of leaves and it was really windy that day, I decided not to risk burning down the whole neighborhood.  

Then I called my friend Tom, who's been a coach and a trainer for years, and asked him how best to rehab my shoulder and right arm.  He advised me to use my arm as much as possible without pain and to work on flexibility.  I've been working diligently, and every day I make a teeny-tiny bit of progress.  (Kinda like when I was scraping paint off the house--work hard, barely visible results.)  

And last, I called Mare to tell him the good news.  Y'all know I can't stay mad at him for long, and especially not when he blames himself for my injury.  He says if he hadn't come along and pissed me off, I wouldn't have passed out and gotten hurt.  I counter that I could've passed out at home all by myself without him there to put half a roll of paper towels on my dented-in head and then drive me to the hospital, and that might've been worse.  

So what's next?  This winter I'd planned to pull up the subfloor in the back bedroom to investigate why the floor slopes sharply down towards the back of the house (I suspect decades-old termite damage to the floor joists, which was noted in my house inspection) and repair that, and then, if I hadn't run out of winter yet, I planned to put a new ceiling in that room.  There's no chance of any of that happening now.  So, I'm taking the rest of the winter off from any serious work on the house.

And I'm making plans for spring.  Big plans.

13 comments:

  1. Congrats!!!

    Big plans??? Oh boy. When will we get the low down on the big plans???

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Working on a post right now.

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    1. I'm all smiles myself these days. :)

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  3. YAY! Wonderful news. Good luck with the rehab - perfect comparison to the paint scraping!

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  4. So glad to hear it, I can only imagine the list/plan/scheme-making that's going on at your house at the moment!

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    1. I have two lists: things that might be possible now, and things for later. The later list/plan/scheme is much longer. lol

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  5. Yes, Jayne, take the rest of the winter off! So glad to get this good news! Take care!

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  6. YAY! Merry Christmas, indeed! So very happy for you. In classic "me" fashion, please don't overdo it. You can say it's all on hold 'til spring, but I know how easy it is to have stuff beckon to you saying: "It won't be hard and it will only take an hour or so ..." So behave yourself, missy, and have a fabulous holiday!!!

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  7. Good for you! I'm so glad. Take a deep breath before you go all Crazytown on the projects you've had pent up inside you. I know, easier said than done. I can only imagine how trying these past weeks have been for you. Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you and your house. And Merry Christmas. :)

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  8. Yaaaaay! Congratulations!!

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