Thursday, June 30, 2011

My YouTube Channel

Please visit my You Tube Channel:

I have the video-taking option on my digital camera but never used it much till now. I recently attended a family birthday party with kids sliding on a water slide. Some other videos are from last Christmas season, including one at an annual holiday drive put on by a local TV station.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Getting Better

Well, it's been more than a week and my leg is still a little sore, but it's getting better and the bruises have begun to fade. I can walk better now.

I've been back at work since Thursday, and learned that my backroom supervisor quit suddenly while I was out. I never really liked her. She yelled a little too much. I'm glad she's gone, but was shocked just the same to hear she'd quit. And another girl at work will be leaving soon, something I wish I could soon say about myself. When you've worked at one place for as long as I have, well, you know how that can be. I've applied for other jobs, though not much recently, having been laid up over the last week. This is another thing I hope to change soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Back to Work Today

I've still not completely recovered, but I am walking a little better and am no longer using my crutches. I called in sick again on Tuesday and then called and found I had Wednesday off. After much thinking yesterday I decided to get back to work today.

In the last three days I practiced walking without the crutches and am now walking with cane (though not a medically prescribed one). I can walk without the cane, although My leg is still stiff where the muscle was torn. And my leg is still bruised on one side. And over the last few days as I was practicing getting my foot back on the ground, I'd forgot to practice kneeling, which I tired to do at the store the other day at the store. I'm trying, it's still hurting right now. Hoping that gets better.

I'm glad to get back at last. I had to walk around work without the cane, but I managed. I find myself walking without the cane anyway around the house, but with it as I went into some stores today. And my driving is OK. I was scared about that because it's my right leg.

Now waiting to see my leg bruises fade.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Trying to walk steadily again

I had to practice getting my foot flat on the ground, something that hurt last week after I felt the tear in my leg. Now I'm working on flexing and lifting my foot so I can walk more steadily. Yet, I'm still limping a little, something I hope is not permanent. Will I still be able to drive? Been practicing walking with and without the crutches. My leg is bruised from the tear, something the doctor said would happen so as not be be frightened. Been lying down with ice on my leg. I made a block of ice from water in a plastic freezer bag. Needless to say, I had to call in sick today, something I rarely do unless I'm actually sick or in pain. Two years ago, I missed four days of work because of a back ache. This time it's even worse. So far only three days missed this time. I was off Wednesday last week and am always off on Saturday and Sunday.

Shame I can't get out, since it's such a nice day today, though it's expected to get hotter later on. And the weather in my area for tomorrow (the actual Summer Solstice date) and the following day is expected to be in the 100s! And if I'm still home tomorrow, that will not be fun! I have no air conditioning and have to run several fans at once! Now waiting to see what happens tomorrow.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My First Time on Crutches

I guess there's a first time for everything and that includes walking on crutches. Not having been an athlete in school I'd never broken a leg or sprained an ankle. Nor did I ever do any other sort of activity that might cause this. I'd seen many others at school going through this.

But this past Tuesday night I was walking around the house between 7 and 8 PM and felt a strange pull in my right leg. No clue what caused it then and still no clue now. I could barely walk and had to tiptoe on my right foot. It hurt a lot. and if I tried to put my right foot flat down, I'd fall over on my other end. Really. I was glad to be off work the next day so I could see a doctor. My mom had to take me because I would not be able to drive with my leg. Ironically I was supposed to get my car serviced that day but had to cancel that, since I wouldn't be able to get it to the mechanics and back.

After waiting an hour and 15 minutes for the next available slot at the clinic, I was still trying to walk tiptoed and it hurt a lot with this long of a wait. Mom and I drove around town while we waited, first to the donut shop (I'd been unable to get up to get some cereal that morning and was hungry). Then I waited in her car as she went to look in some thrift stores and into Kmart to get cat food. It was definitely no fun having to wait like this on a hot day in June. I made the mistake of not taking the book I was reading with me. Finally it was 11:15, time for my appointment. Once I got to see the doctor, he determined I'd need an ultrasound to determine what was wrong with my leg. As I exited my appointment trying to tiptoe, the doctor asked if I wanted to use crutches. He went to get some and adjusted them according to my height.

This being my first time, it was totally new to me. Needless to say, I nearly slipped a few times as I started walking. I tend to move a little fast sometimes so I had to get used to going a little slow and get used to being on crutches for a while. Getting in and out of the car was only the first difficulty I endured once I got out of the doctor's office.

The next available time for a ultrasound at the hospital was at 2:30PM, so another long wait was ahead of me. I waited at Mom's house and watched reruns of "The Office" and "Friends" on TBS and enjoyed some lunch from Subway while waiting. At last time it was time, and the wait was even longer. Several other people waiting for x-rays or ultrasounds got called ahead of me and they had arrived after I did! When I was finally called, I learned I had to go to the room all the way at the end of the hallway! I did not think I could make it all that way on the crutches so the ultrasonographer offered to get a wheelchair.

The stuff they squirted on my leg to do the ultrasound was quite warm and funny-feeling. The doctor had been worried I might have had a blood clot in my leg, but thankfully that turned out not to be true. I'd torn a muscle or something. I had to return to the doctor the next morning so I had to call in sick at work for Thursday (and again for Friday). The doctor repeated that info that there was no blood clot and that I'd torn a muscle. He than said that I must keep my leg elevated and on ice, and practice flexing my foot so I can get it back into walking mode. Been doing this for the last three days.

I watched DVDs and read books while laid up on the first two days and did not get on my
computer for two days!

Getting to and from the mailbox was a challenge at first. I got a Netflix movie on Wednesday and left it in the box for pickup on Thursday. No mail came that day. Friday I paid my VISA bill and waited for the mail carrier to come. When she arrived she asked me what happened, upon seeing my crutches.

Saturday I needed to get groceries and Mom took me to Target where I got some food, a new book to read, and some bathroom supplies. I practiced walking by pushing the cart. I left my crutches in the cart and my purse in the child seat and as best as I could pushed the cart throughout the store. When I got home and put away the groceries away slowly I settled down for the rest of the night to watch another movie from Netflix.

Another thing that's been something of challenge is making dinner. When I got home on Wednesday, I was lazy and ate some cereal. But the next tow night I fished the rice I'd cooked on Tuesday night before hurting my leg. For lunches, I made the microwavable pizza slices I had in the freezer.

Today I'm still practicing flexing my feet and walking without my crutches, but my leg is still sore and my ankle is swollen, so it looks like I have to call out sick again tomorrow. Sadly it's not ever yet and a lot has been happening the last few days, hence this really long blog post! pardon the lack of images, but there just wasn't time to photograph everything. And I was in too much pain to even think of that! Though I new I was going to blog about my experience.

More to come on this story later.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

No rain this past weekend

Not where I live anyway. It was said that rain was predicted for this past weekend, but not a sign of rain occurred. Just a few dreary-looking skies on each weekend day. And with news that it was hot in the South with degrees in the 100s, I was glad not to be living in that portion of the USA, but wished that it would look more like summer. Strange how weather can vary in different parts of the country.

To prepare for the predicted rain over the weekend, I rushed over to the grocery store across the street on Friday afternoon to get some food. I only needed a few items, so I chose not to drive across town to Safeway. I felt like I would have to stay home all weekend, so I decided to grab some food then while there still was no rain. I'd feared I'd have to stay home all weekend, but with still no signs of rain by mid-day Saturday, I decide to run out and look around town. A trip to the ATM and to the gas station proved to be necessary anyway. I was glad to be out for just a while. Nearly the same thing occurred on Sunday. I got a for a few hours after lunch and got a new flashlight out I the electricity might go out if the predicted storm had occurred.

A side note: I missed the mail somehow on Saturday. I then chose to drop my Netflix movie that I received last Thursday in a mailbox on Sunday. I'd left my movie in my mailbox on Saturday and came home finding it still there.

More rain was predicted for Monday but that did not happen either. But warm weather still hasn't happened an I still haven't felt ready to put my jacket away for the summer as it's still a bit windy. Here's hoping for that warm summer weather to come soon.