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Ankle: tender, but much improved

Monday, September 17, 2012

It appears that I didn't do permanent damage to myself, and the ankle is quite walkable. Still tender at certain angles, and a little swollen, but it bears my weight fine and I'm not really limping anymore.

I will be very cautious when I walk down that street from now on, let me tell you!

  
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DOGLADY13 9/20/2012 8:13PM

    Yeah! I'm glad you are feeling better and your ankle is on the mend.

For what it's worth, I don't think you are clumsy. Everyone takes a fall now and then.

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TATTER3 9/18/2012 6:40AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/18/2012 1:05AM

    What a relief. As someone who has sprained an ankle a few too many times, no matter how careful I am, I know how bad it can feel to go down yet again and worry about whether it will be worse.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/17/2012 7:58PM

    Glad to hear that the ankle is nothing worse than a 'minor irritation' rather than something much more serious.

Give it lots of time to heal properly or it will most likely come back to haunt you again and again in the future...
Hugs,
Kathy

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/17/2012 3:48PM

    I wonder if rotation of the ankle when bicycling will help or hurt it. When I had a shoulder injury, kayaking actually helped in the healing process.

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APPLESBANANAS 9/17/2012 12:57PM

    Yikes, keep healing!

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/17/2012 11:59AM

    Glad you are recovering and it's not too serious.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/17/2012 9:34AM

    Be careful to let your ankle heal completely.

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FATBASTICH 9/17/2012 9:20AM

    Ankle injuries are no fun. I'm glad you seem to be ok.

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Sprained ankle?! NOOOO!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Argh! Taking a walk with DD this evening, I didn't notice that the sidewalk was cut away and managed to step on the edge of a well-disguised hole just perfectly to flip my ankle and fall to the ground. We were about 3/4 of a mile from home, and had to limp the rest of the way back.

I'm applying RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation), but it's just *so* frustrating to be hurt. I have another 350 miles of riding to get in this year. But even more, I have always had a tendency to fall, and I've been so proud of myself that I've been healthy and not had an accident throughout the whole summer. Having my hubby tell me that I needed to stop hurting myself just cut me to the heart. I know he means it in a loving way, but I really needed to be reminded of how well I've been doing, not how I am a klutz. I want to be graceful, and aware of my body. Not clumsy and given to falling. It's been over a year since I took a tumble, and there have been a number of times when I've found myself noticing a possible fall and avoiding it. I've been pleased with myself, and now I feel like all that confidence has been stolen away. I want to cry.

Fingers crossed that it's minor....

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/16/2012 10:59PM

    I'm hoping that you ankle is feeling better.

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HONBAD 9/16/2012 8:28PM

    I hope you're on your way to a speedy recovery! Keep focusing on how long you went without a fall. Injuries can be so frustrating when we have goals in mind and plans for continued success with exercise. Hang in there!! I know you'll be smart about letting yourself heal properly.

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4DOGNIGHT 9/16/2012 3:37PM

    I stepped on the side of my left foot, just down one step, years ago and it still gives me fits. Had to wear an air cast for more than a year and when I would fly, it would swell. I think a sprain is worse than a break. I have this hereditary tendancy to walk on the edge of my foot anyway. My sister fell this weekend and broke her foot and she can't go up the stairs to her bedroom or to take a bath, etc. I know this is going to bore her to death. You need to see a doctor if it doesn't improve. You may need an air cast or may even have broken it. Carol

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/16/2012 10:18AM

    Sorry you are injured , hope it heals quickly and completely . YOU HAVe COME SO FAR !!!!!!! HUGS emoticon emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/15/2012 5:26PM

    You may want to have it checked out. Two years ago I fell and treated the injury like a sprain. Ten days later come to find out the leg near the ankle was broken. The treatment was very different than for a sprain. Hopefully this will pass quickly and you still have several months of nice weather left to meet your goal of riding.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 9/15/2012 1:08PM

    I hope you feel better soon. It's no fun to be injured.
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RICHILA 9/15/2012 11:13AM

    {{{Hugs}}} I know how it feels. I have been prone to falling and just found out this summer that I have inner ear issues in addition to my vision issues I knew about. So, I have been very good about taking precautions-until the first week of school and I fell in front of colleagues. I was lucky and only my dignity was bruised-but I was doubting myself again and my confidence was gone. emoticon

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MUGGLEMUM 9/15/2012 11:01AM

    I so understand, as I am on the klutzy side, as well. You ARE athletic and graceful---and you will heal. ATHLETES have athletic injuries. Be well, and take care of yourself. The number one injury among athletes is RE-INJURY. Enjoy your down time, get some new books on your Kindle, and enjoy the rest.

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NICOLED40 9/15/2012 7:33AM

    Oh no! Feel better...keep up with the RICE! And can you possibly wrap it for support?

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/15/2012 12:58AM

    I hope it's nothing serious, and that you are up and at 'em ASAP!!

Rest up for the weekend, and give your ankle the chance to heal itself.

Hugs,
Kathy

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LATTELEE 9/15/2012 12:28AM

  Oh no

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LDAVIS648 9/15/2012 12:25AM

    i know what you mesn i sprained my anke years ago so now if it gets just a little of kilter im on the ground. have you trien ankle bandages when you are walking to strenghthen the ankle?

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Miracle Mom

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sunday I was sitting in my car on the shoulder of I-70, sobbing as my sister told me that Mom had been intubated, was unconscious, and I was probably never going to talk to my mother again.

Yesterday evening, Mom called me to say hi. She is out of ICU, and doing great. The morning nurse asked her how she'd lived through Sunday night. Mom said the power of faith and of family and friends. Thank you all for your prayers.

  
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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/15/2012 12:55AM

    That is such wonderful news! I am truly thrilled for you, Mom, and the rest of your family! She must be a very strong soul indeed.

I firmly believe in the power of prayer. If it hadn't been for all the prayers from the newborn nursery nurses, their churches and ours too that kept prayers going non - stop 30 years ago last month, our 2nd youngest would either not be alive today, or would have suffered so much brain damage that he would have been pretty much vegetative . Because of all that faith that surrounded him during his first few weeks, he not only survived - he now has Ph.D. in Bio - Chemical Engineering.

Hugs to you, and to your Mom too,
Kathy

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DOGLADY13 9/14/2012 9:13PM

    That's terrific news! You must feel giddy with relief!

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APPLESBANANAS 9/12/2012 9:58PM

    Oh good!!!!!! I'm very glad this blog has a good ending. I hope she is getting stronger by the day.

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MUGGLEMUM 9/12/2012 9:44PM

    She is wise and faithful. A good combination! Keep us posted.

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HONBAD 9/12/2012 9:20PM

    Glad to hear it!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 9/12/2012 8:29PM

    WOW! That is incredible and wonderful! I'm so happy for her and you and all of your family!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/12/2012 2:17PM

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Amazing and wonderful news!

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.DUSTY. 9/12/2012 11:52AM

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R-U-JELLEN 9/12/2012 10:40AM

    Wonderful. Never underestimate the power of prayer!
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EUPHRATES 9/12/2012 8:33AM

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That happened with my dad once - he'd gotten so bad they'd given up and sent him to hospice...and when they took him off all his various medications, he got better. He recovered enough to move into assisted living for the last 6 months of his life, giving him SUCH a better quality of life for those last months, and us more time. I'm SO happy to hear your mom is doing better!
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VEUVEGIRL 9/12/2012 7:57AM

    That is wonderful news! Definitely a miracle.

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Update on Mom

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mom is doing better, but the doctors have no idea what's wrong with her. Her body basically was shutting down yesterday, but none of the tests they did revealed anything. By evening, though, she had stabilized, and today she seems to be getting better.

If she gets past this crisis, I'm going to fly her out here to be seen by better specialists, because I don't think the small-town docs know what they are doing.

Still very stressed out.

  
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TATTER3 9/11/2012 6:11AM

    Good news. Hang in there. Praying.

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DOGLADY13 9/10/2012 9:25PM

    Oh dear. That's so stressful. I hope this crisis passes very quickly and your mother returns to good health.

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RICHILA 9/10/2012 8:13PM

    Keeping you and your Mom in my prays. emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/10/2012 3:32PM

    I hope she is stablized and then you can bring to you for a second opinion. Even when you live in the most high tech area for medical care, a second opinion is always wise.

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HONBAD 9/10/2012 3:30PM

    Hang in there! I'm glad she is doing better.

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Pity stress doesn't burn calories

Sunday, September 09, 2012

My mother is very ill. She may die.

She is 2000 miles away.

I need tomorrow to work out my calendar, and then will probably be flying out there on Tuesday. So I will likely be absent for a while.

I can hardly form sentences. I am staring at my phone, waiting for news. Every time the phone rings, my heart is in my throat.

  
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SANDYW1945 9/11/2012 9:15PM

    I'm sorry to hear this. I hope it turns out well.

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HONBAD 9/10/2012 3:26PM

    I'm sorry to hear that. I hope everything works out for the best. Take care of yourself!

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Hope you're able to get there to be with her (and say your goodbyes if needed). Treasure every positive moment and memory!

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RICHILA 9/10/2012 11:21AM

    Oh sweetie, I am so very sorry. emoticon

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TRAVLNWOMAN 9/10/2012 8:16AM

    My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Losing someone is never easy. Have a safe trip and know that we all are here for you if you need us.

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TATTER3 9/10/2012 5:36AM

    So sorry. Prayers for you all.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/9/2012 11:59PM

    I can totally understand your pain and fears. It is so hard to live far away from those you love, especially when they are ill.

When we lived in British Columbia, my family was still here in Ontario. My Dad passed away just 10 days before we were supposed to be home for a month long vacation to introduce our 11 month old son to the family.

We moved back to Ontario a little over a year later, and the shoe was now on the other foot - we were close to my Mother, but left my husband's family back on Vancouver Island. While we were trying to arrange a trip back to see his dying younger brother, we got the news that his Father had passed away.

These days my DH is not well enough to make any trips, especially by himself, and his Mum is going down hill very quickly - we have not seen her in 15 years.

I will keep you, your Mother, and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers - hoping for a happy outcome for all of you.

Hugs,
Kathy

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 9/9/2012 10:51PM

    Miss G. I hope you have a safe journey and will be praying for you and your mother.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/9/2012 9:25PM

    Prayers are with you. Be well.

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.DUSTY. 9/9/2012 9:22PM

    I'm so sorry Miss G.! I'll say a prayer for your mom and you. emoticon

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