Saturday, January 19, 2008

Crutches make me say bad words

Surprise! My leg is busted. Fractured. Broken. Can you believe that? WHO breaks their leg? Kids jumping from trees and idiots on trampolines. That boy in your 2nd grade class. Claudia in book #10 of The Babysitter's Club. Remember when you were a kid and secretly wanted a cast? Or a broken bone? Or when crutches used to be a toy?

What a mess. This is me in the doctor's office when I got the news. (In a stroke of good luck, I also got pink eye the night of the break, hence the glizzasses.)

So now I'm a cripple on crutches trying to figure out what on earth I'm going to do and how I'm going to get around. How I'm going to work, how I'm going to keep the bone from snapping and needing surgery, how to prevent blood clots and how I'm going to navigate the exceptionally steep and uneven stairs to our 2nd story dwelling. Hell, how I'm going to navigate the two-bus commute in good weather, let alone snow, rain, or ice. Long story short, I'm in trouble.

I try not to be too melancholy on this blog, so I'll keep it light. After I was rushed from one doctor's office to another (they were closing and I needed casting STAT!) by my personal chauffeur Whitney, I chatted with the Ortho doctor. Six weeks is the guess, I'm holding my breath for a walking cast in 4 for Ireland. Hold your breath with me, huh people?

As the nurse came in to wrap my wound, I asked if I could take photos for my blog. This is how dedicated I am to you people. I promised not to take photos of her but of the process only. I told her yall would be very happy. Not much explanation is needed...

Now I'm home. I have two positions at home; leg elevated in bed, and leg elevated at the computer. It's pretty dull and rather boring.

Saturday was broken up with visits from Linda, Peggy & Rachel, and a dinner drop-off (my favorite salad from Joe's, woot!) from Laura, and numerous calls, texts, and facebook wishes.

Today is Sunday and I had some lovely helpers (Kirsti and Esther) come pick me up during Sunday School for Sacrament Meeting. I've spent the afternoon lounging at their house eating nacho cheese, baked goods from the cute girls next door and talking about love, live and the pursuit of happiness. It's buoyed my spirits tremendously.

BIG decisions to be made in the next few days. As soon as the holiday is over the calls to work, the doctor, the staffing service, the insurance people, and everyone in between can begin.

I used to claim that there were two activities that always brought out the swearing--bowling and ping-pong. I now officially add using crutches to the list.


Sarah said...

Yikes!!! I hope it heals quickly!

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry, Nat! I love you so much and it just hurts me to know that you're in pain. Good luck making all of these big decisions. I say come to Utah! I'll take care of you! :)

I love you. Get well.

Carly said...

I'm turning blue in the face for you, *that's* how much I love you. I hope you get better stat! so you can have a fabulous holiday in Ireland!!

stephanielynn said...

Nat! Remembering your situation makes me realize that washing my cell phone with a load of laundry really isn't that bad.

Good luck - I hope it all works out.

Mary Ann said...

Hey maybe your doctor will give you one of those handy parking passes. Like when Alicia had surgery. You will definantly be the most popular girl!

Breona said...

That is major sucky. I'm sorry. I am horrible at being a gimp. I like to move fast and do things the easy way. I'll hold my breath for you and your cast situation. Good luck.

Kaos Baggins said...

I'm so sorry for your broken leg, is a very bad new
I hope that you will better soon

K. Marie Criddle said...

Nat, hope you're doing alright! I hear Irish people think casts are HOT. You're in for a treat. :) Much love, let us know what we Dorchester peeps can do to help ya out.

Mister G said...

Best wishes, Nat, for a very quick recovery. Just get through it one day at a time; eventually it will all be behind you. You're in the thoughts of many.

Flights From Hell

Nerak said...

Natalie! I couldn't believe it when Mel told us! Good luck and I hope you feel better (and more mobile) soon!!

Lainey said...

Oh man I think you (and the pictures) said it all.

My favorite is the Babysitters club reference. Oh, the days.

Corey, Sally, Ashlyn, and Ava said...

I'm so sorry for you! That really stinks! Corey can talk to you all about the fun of injury and crutches! We had to postpone our honeymoon for his fun freak accident! At least you get to go to Ireland! That's always been my life-long dream! I'd go in a full body cast if I had to! I want to hear about this trip!

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