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Hero, Hurting, Hamstrung, Photo Montage

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It started last weekend with the huge snowstorm that lasted three days. My stomach was terribly upset and I had the worst diarrhea there ever was. Mom warned me not to go out as the roads were dangerously slippery. The idiot city crews had not prepared their machines for winter and were caught flat footed. One morning alone, Mom heard on the radio there were 17 calls for ambulances for people suffering injuries from falls. Needless to say, I was stuck at home. There would be no scooter rides to my fitness classes any more.
I finally got to see my Dr. and she is having some blood tests done as well as a pelvic ultrasound to see if there is any problem with my old appendix surgery site (taken out in 2005). She gave me a powerful slow release narcotic to take at bedtime to see if it would help me sleep. Well, the pain is reduced, but the side effect of a very itchy red rash all over my lower legs was not particularly helpful :P But I still kept waking up and in fact, felt kind of antsy too.
I played in a weekend bridge tournament with this woman from Texas, and we did not do a single placing, was pretty dismal. Suprisingly, though, she wants to play with me again! She is the girlfriend of one of the top bridge players in my province. I was so tired, I occasionally had to be prompted it was my turn to bid or play!!! It was just frustrating how dead tired I was and these tourneys ran late and I still had to walk home. I stuffed my face with sweets in an effort to stay awake, but that didn't work :P
It was on the last day of the tournament they announced the death of my long time bridge partner and friend, Dorothy. She was finally released from the horrible cancer pain she was suffering from. She was born in 1933 and leaves two sons behind to mourn her.
As one of the original founding members of our bridge club, there will be a lot of people wishing to pay their last respects. I had to make the decision to cancel the Friday team game at the club as her funeral was being held at that time. It was hard as bridge players generally hate their schedules being mixed up as they plan for their teams and partners a year in advance (as soon as the date book comes out in fact) but I have not gotten any flack over it. I should hope I will not either as Dorothy was a wonderful, pleasant, well liked woman.
Yesterday (Tuesday) I had free as my mentor had family visiting. But I had to do some club work and finished it and was on my way back home when I heard a plea for help. This poor man in a power chair was stuck in the snow. While the sidewalks had all been scraped, driveways were still mushy and there was still a layer of slippery snow on them. I helped him out of one mess only for him to drive right back into another snowbank :( The problem was the steering on those power chairs is so sensitive, the slighest touch would send him in a skid :( my worst nightmare for what will happen to my scooter should I have tried to make it somewhere on it. I kept pushing and pulling and basically manually heaving this guy foreward for almost a block before another guy stepped in and helped. He decided to push him right out to the middle of the street as that is the only clear pavement around!! With large berms of snow, he had nowhere to go but straight down the middle of the road. fortunately, he was not far from his destination of the mall.
During my layoff from my classes, I tried my toughest DVD, a 40 min Boxing one where you spent the entire time bouncing on the balls of your feet and it also had three very tough skip rope segments. I managed to make it through, but the next day my quad from my operated hip side was screaming. I guess I was not quite ready to do high impact for that long yet. I spent the day hobbling around and took two days off from exercising :( I had thought my stomach woes were over as I had one clear day, but they came screaming back with a vengeance as I sit with a heating pad on my stomach writing this :(
I will leave you with some photos I never got to:

I am not able to show you any of the trees the beaver downed as they were all too big, but there were many as they were frantically trying to get food before freeze up.

We had to traverse this rocky stream:

Trail obstacles:

Gnarly trail:

Caught a balloon taking off:

Watched it sail over the river. In the background is the new children's hospital being built:

How my Mom and Stepdad moved all those big rocks into their property:

Every single rock, huge or small, they moved manually with just pure gut strength, using a dolly and leverage. Here they pause to think about the next angle of attack:

A new trail, grassy, not well used:

Ended at this steep slope:

Backtracked to get on the usual trail and checked out the latest graffiti

Love these boardwalk trails, a necessity as this trail is very boggy

It was some cyclists that put out all these boardwalks, as they try to maintain the trails for their biking.

A lot of work had been done, hauling that stuff in:

Trail obstacles

It was going off and on cloudy and sunny:

That majestic tree has finally given up the ghost:

Below this tree is a beaver lodge and we always wondered why they never tried to take down that big old tree

That is about it for now, running late as usual, though not sure my sore tummy will let me sleep anyway, can sympathsize with my Spark buddy Lexie.
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    Try cocunut water to replenish after the stomach stuff u lose alot of nutrients!
    1945 days ago
    So sorry about your health problems AND the los of your dear friend. My sympathies.

    Can't believe that you had to haul that guy out of the snow bank: way too much and of course you could not fail to help: that wouldn't be you! Seeing how hard your mother worked to place those rocks, I can see where the persistence comes from!!

    Your pictures are amazing: love that "gnarly trail" in particular.
    1948 days ago
    I am glad you are going to get a check up about your stomach, that doesn't sound good! Hope you can get some help for it soon! Hope there is nothing bad happening when you get the tests!
    Glad you are being careful out in that snow! Sorry to hear about your friend passing away...at least she is free of all the pain!
    Love the photos! Your Mom is just like you...a dynamo!! Moving those rocks-Wow!!! Now we know where you get all that spunk!! emoticon emoticon
    1948 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I'm so sorry for your loss, but relieved she's no longer in pain. The fact that you did not get pushback on cancellation confirms your heart was and is right!

    Stay safe! I hope you feel better, too!
    1948 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I love your pictures. I am so sorry about your pain and the death of your friend. What a nice gesture to try to help the older man in his power chair.

    Hugs....hope you fel better soon.
    1949 days ago
    Great pictures, Linda. Sorry to hear about your friend passing. Ice and snow, yuk. Do you have shoe chains?
    1949 days ago
    Cleats and SNOW CHAINS! Can you get a scooter in 4WD? I can just see you tugging that man along! Don't you know you may have really hurt yourself doing that? I know you do, but you are so sweet you did it anyway. I promise you that the good deed will be returned.

    And I love the pics as well. You guys have some great trails!
    1949 days ago
    Hard to believe a city where snow is the NORM this time of year, that they would be caught unprepared.... My word 17 calls due to FALLS....wow...I sure can remember slipping and falling as a kid in Yreka....luckily I was never injurged!

    So sorry the medicine from your Dr. did nothing to help you.....
    Hey you have to be a fun bridge partner if that lady wants to play with you again. Who wants to be bored?!

    Sweets to stay awake? Hmmmm,that never worked for me! ha.
    So sorry about your friends passing, yet a blessing to not suffer anymore....

    Never thought about people in power chairs dealing with snow. Not something I have ever seen in Tucson of course! You are something in your own shape, to try to help him. BLESS YOU! That is really so nice.

    LOVED the pictures....and your folks , they don't let nothing stop them!

    As for the boardwalk on the pathway....that bikers placed....I mean the trails I hike that bikers ride on....are not bothered by ROCKS....wonder what they would do with a bog!!!!
    1949 days ago
    You take the best pictures! I hope you feel better soon. emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Nice Pictures!! Hope you feel better!!

    Wendy emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Love the pics. thanks for sharing. I do hope you are feeling better today.
    1949 days ago
  • C8TSON
    What beautiful pictures Linda! These are gorgeous! You are so lucky to have such beauty to walk in; where I live it's desolate, flat, and dry with not too many trees! Doesn't make for very exciting walks! I'm so saddened to hear that 1)you lost your friend and 2) you are dealing with such health issues. I was really hoping the stomach issues had cleared up by now; I will continue to be thinking of you, and I hope that healing will come very soon. As for the rescue, that was very nice of you to help that poor guy out. I felt so sad just thinking about it! Sounds like it's been a rough week for you friend. I hope things will improve soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Love the pics, as usual. Even the graffiti is beautiful there. And your mom is just amazing!

    Hope you feel better soon!
    1949 days ago
    Amazing pics! Hope you are feeling better today!

    1949 days ago
    Sorry to hear of your loss. emoticon

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Lovely blog and pics. I'm so sorry about your friend and your upset stomach. Hope it's better soon. You are a hero. Snow and ice make it hard to get around at the best of times. Even worse when you're on a scooter or wheelchair. Best wishes for good weather.
    1949 days ago
    Wow, Linda! Except for the sad parts (I am so sorry!), I loved reading one of your blogs again, and seeing your amazing pictures! Thank goodness for you coming along to get that poor man assisted! I hope your day today brings lots of Northern sunshine to melt some snow and give you a reprieve! Love ya, my friend! emoticon
    1949 days ago
    YOU are my hero.

    Carry on. Inspire on.

    So sorry for your loss, Linda... emoticon
    1949 days ago
    I hope you're feeling better now Linda, great blog and fantastic pics.
    1949 days ago
    wow great pictures, I hope you are feeling better now. Hugs
    1949 days ago
    emoticon I don't know how you do it all!! You are AMAZING!! Do stay safe on the Treacherous Icy Walkways!!
    I hope that the Bridge Members are OK with giving up their Game Time to pay respects to Dorothy. I can't imagine why they wouldn't be. I'm sure she would do the same for them, if the situation were reversed!!
    1949 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Great pictures!
    1949 days ago
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