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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, September 30, 2013

L is for LUCKY

As a follow-up to last week's post about my being a klutz, I must let you know that I am one lucky lady!  I saw the orthopedic surgeon last Friday and was told I don't need my ankle to be pinned.  Whew!  Dodged a bullet there, didn't I?  If I had needed pins, I'd have had to start at the beginning all over again.  The doctor said I could gradually put weight on my foot as long as I still wear the boot, and I can wean myself off the crutches.  What a relief that is because my hands are sore from hanging on to them.  In fact, I even popped some blood vessels on my left hand from the pressure.  I can also take the boot off to sleep or if I know I'm going to be sitting down for a while. I'll be limping for some time, though.




How do you like them bruises?  And the yellow is bruising, not an old tan! You can actually see the blackish bruising around where my ankle twisted all around from the heel to the middle of the inner and outer foot.



He showed me the x-ray of my ankle and it's amazing how badly it hurt at the time considering how small a break it is!  I have a lot more respect for people who go through terribly traumatic accidents and have to be pinned back together!  My ankle is going to be sore for a long time and I will need some physiotherapy on it, too.  But I will walk normally again while others end up in wheelchairs for the rest of their lives.

Also, for those of you who remember that Lorne had liver cancer surgery mid-August, I'll update you on him, too.  His surgery was succesful and they only had to take 1/3 of his liver instead of the planned 2/3.  The two spots were localized and the chemo he'd had prior to surgery had killed 75% of one spot and 50% of the other.  However,  (don't you just hate that word?) the oncologist recommends he have 8 more chemo treatments to kill any more tiny little "buggers" that might be hiding in his body.  *Sigh*  That means 4 more months of chemo.  But his doctor will just go one treatment at a time because Lorne got so sick from the chemo before.  This is pro-active treatment after all.

Although we both consider ourselves very lucky, we have a bit of a bumpy road still ahead of us.  We had planned to get married mid-January, but we have decided to put it off until springtime when he's finished his treatments and recovered well from them - and has a good head of hair back again.  lol

Life goes on and we all make the best of the hand we're dealt.  I have to spend most of my time now off my feet lounging around with my booted foot up.  In the meantime, be sure to think of the lovely Mrs. Nesbitt, the creator of ABC Wednesday, of the loyal Roger, our administrator, and of the likeable team of assistants who come around to visit and lavish you with their learned comments.

Note:  The lower extremities below the shins really aren't the most lovely features of the human anatomy, are they?

28 comments:

Powell River Books said...

That's good news about your foot. I am forever tripping and spraining my ankle (knock on wood I won't again any time soon). Usually I get a big puffy spot over the ankle joint and lots of black and blue, just like you. If I do any kind of walking in the bush I always wear high, tight boots. That has helped a lot. - Margy

Roger Owen Green said...

Well, continued good LUCK to you both.
Stuck in my mind, I'm Lucky by Joan Armatrading.

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

OUCH...that looks colorfully nasty! Glad to hear no surgery/pins are needed. You guys need a health break (sorry - no pun intended). Rest, relax, heal!!!!

Marcy said...

Get well soon!! my pinky toe has those colors today...

L is for...

Leovi said...

Go! I like to see you have good luck! I hope he recovers completely soon!

Reader Wil said...

I am glad you need no pins. Your foot looks nasty but it is to be expected. I hope Lorne is doing well with the chemo treatment! I'll think of you !
Wil, ABCW Team

Trubes said...

L is for love to you both...
Di..xx

Carver said...

I'm glad your ankle doesn't have to be pinned. Best of luck on a speedy recovery. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

ewok1993 said...

just take it easy.

Norma Ruttan said...

May blessings flow to the two of you these coming months.
As I age, I look down more often whenever I walk, especially in grass, because I am klutzy.

lotusleaf said...

Hope you get perfectly well soon.

Hildred said...

Oh my, that does look terribly painful, Leslie. Glad that pinning is not necessary and that time will heal both you and Lorne. I hope the months of waiting until Spring are happy and healthy for you.

Jama said...

Get well soon!

photowannabe said...

Praying for both of you.
For health
For patience
For love that keeps holding on.

Suzanne said...

Lucky indeed and very blessed.

Tracy Crenshaw said...

A situation is really how you look at it. By considering yourself lucky and looking at the bright side makes all the difference in not-so-fun circumstances. Hope you both have a speedy and blessed recovery.

Gerald (SK14) said...

good to have some good news even if it is only relatively speaking. Hope your ankle continues to improve.

Ann said...

Lucky you are for no needed surgery. It will take time to heal---but it will-that's the great part. Wishing Loren more good reports.
Ann

Ann said...

Lucky you are for no needed surgery. It will take time to heal---but it will-that's the great part. Wishing Loren more good reports.
Ann

Ann said...

Lucky you are for no needed surgery. It will take time to heal---but it will-that's the great part. Wishing Loren more good reports.
Ann

Joy said...

Glad to hear that no pin op required. Wishing you and Lorne a quick recovery.
Your comment at my place about your grandmother was fascinating, what a great place to grow up in.

uberrhund said...

Oh my, that is a painful looking ankle, take care and very glad that you won't be needing pins placed.

magiceye said...

Agree with your last statement!

Gattina said...

It's quiet a hard time you are going through ! Your ankle looks quiet impressive !

Martha said...

I hope your foot heals up quickly. Walking on a sore foot is no fun at all.
Prayers for Loren too!

K V V S MURTHY said...

Wishing you recover soon..!

Murthy,ABCW team.

Weekend-Windup said...

Glad you don't need any surgery. Praying to God for you to recover soon.

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