Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Limping into the New Year

This week has been all about trying to get back into the swing of work after all the holiday excitement and almost three weeks off. Oh, and hurting myself:



This was the back and side of my knee (I fell on the front of it) two days after my tumble on the nature trail. It's continued to darken since then and is now turning all sorts of lovely shades of yellowish green. The school nurse thinks the blood pooled in the bottom of my leg while the swelling was going down. Although the front of my knee is pretty bruised and scraped up, too. And it's been really uncomfortable to the touch. The other night George accidently banged it hard with his tail (he was wagging) and when I shrieked in pain, he licked it, which made me wince again, and poor George looked like this:



Only much more sheepish. Poor boy. He was only trying to help.

We had a good visit with Gregg's sister. Her lovely daughter, our niece Melissa, recently graduated magna cum laude from college, and her mother gave us the news that Melissa is newly engaged! Karen is thrilled about it and already loves the young man like a son, so it's all happy news on her end these days. Gregg was so happy to see Karen. Although he loves his brother, his sister is special to him and the sibling he loves best. He tried to talk her into staying an extra day or two (after clearing it with me first, of course) but she had obligations she had to get back to. And I had to go back to work the next day.

Work has been fine. I like my job, so going back after a long break isn't a big deal. It's been nice to see everyone. The bookkeeper told us all (first thing Monday morning!) that "We have 15 weeks until spring break!" which was kind of a downer! Haha. The upside of that is since Easter is so late, once we come back after spring break we'll only have 5 weeks of school left.

I had fun showing the school nurses my dramatic looking bruises! I had texted one of the them the night I fell and asked for advice. She told me she thought it was only badly bruised, but that I should get it checked out. She also advised me to ice it, elevate it, and to start taking Motrin immediately. She was right; it's only badly bruised, but it's been tender and I have to walk slowly and carefully.

Not the ideal way to start a brand new year....limping! But at least we also had a nice houseguest (and time with family) at the start of it, too.

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  1. good news all around then! tread carefully on that leg!

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    1. I have been! The bruising is working its way down!

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  2. Yes, very good news and please take care.
    Wear your Scotty pin to help you walk.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I have plans to knit myself a light grey hat and I'm going to put the Scottie pin on it! :)

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  3. You poor woman! I am so sorry you are suffering.
    Here's a post I wrote eleven years ago about an accident I had. I think it still gets the most random hits of anything I've ever written.
    https://www.blessourhearts.net/2008/04/how-to-get-ass-like-jennifer-lopezs.html

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    1. I'm okay. I've been lucky to have muscle relaxers to take--and lots of ibuprofen!

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  4. I'm glad you had such a pleasant visit with good news from Gregg's sister. And I am also glad your knee/leg is "only" badly bruised - painful enough, but not as difficult as if you had broken it or torn a ligament, I guess.
    Maybe starting gently (limping) is not bad for a new year; you will get better and faster with the arrival of spring :-)

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    1. Haha! I need to get out there and start back exercising this spring! :)

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  5. I love to see pictures of women's legs so thanks for the top picture Jennifer! Looks like America itself is limping into the new year too - with the government shutdown.
    "WAAAAAAH! IT'S NOT FAIR MOMMY! I WANT MY WALL! I WANT MY WALL! AND WHO'S GONNA PAY FOR THE WALL?...AMERICA'S GONNA PAY FOR IT!"

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the leg photo. Ha!

      As for Trump and the shutdown...I'm beyond disgusted. How much more of this outrageous "presidency" are we going to be forced to endure?

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  6. That bruise looks so painful. I hope it will heal quickly for you. That was such a good picture of your sweet pup looking sorry. I wonder if he could somehow smell where your leg was injured and that is why he licked you. After I had knee surgery, it took a couple of times to teach my Fuzzy Pomeranian not to sneak up and lick my surgery leg. He was very concerned about it. Luckily the surgery area was well sealed with a big bandage, so Fuzzy did not succeed in licking and germ-ing up that area with his canine doctoring efforts.

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    1. Having sympathetic pups is so sweet! I love the picture of your Pomeranian sneaking up to lick your injury!

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  7. Wow! That is one major owie! When you fall, you don't mess around do you? I'm glad it's on the mend and "just" bruised. Take care.

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    1. Those bruises have gotten progressively worse! They look awful, and the leg is very tender in spots. But as you say, thank goodness it's "just" badly bruised.

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  8. It takes awhile for bruises to disappear and, as you know, various colors appear. The good thing is that nothing was broken, but, oh how sore a bruise can be. It should all be gone, though, by spring break, and until then, stay vertical.

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  9. That's some accident. Some of my nurse friends would have said ibuprofen instead of acetaminophen, but the rest of the protocol would have been identical. You will be looking at that bruise residual until spring break, I'm sure.

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    1. Motrin IS ibuprofen. Acetaminophen doesn't do me any good at all, whether I have bruises or muscle aches or fever. It's always ibuprofen for me!

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  10. Yikes! That's a heck of a bruise. Glad you got some medical advice and had a good visit with your house guests. George is so cute, and what a good dog to take care of you!

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  11. Oh my god, that is one ugly looking leg... Not the leg itself of course... just what you did to it. And I can only imagine what it looks like now. Hope the tenderness and soreness quickly pass. Poor Georgie.

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    1. It really is ugly! You should see it now. (I'll spare you all the sight of the increasingly colorful bruises!)

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  12. Oh that looks painful and sweet George is trying to be a nurse for you, his intentions are the best.

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    1. He really has tried to help. Poor George...he's so goofy! But he does have good intentions!

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  13. Think of it this way: you got all the bad luck out right away to float the rest on good fortune.

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