First, there was the near-total destruction of my left ankle. The doctor said I broke every bone possible, and then some…
Then there was the record-breaking windstorm that swept through my town and took out our power for 8 long nights and days.
I am so grateful to have a gas-powered hot water heater (we had hot showers!) and a gas stove cooktop, and a wood stove. It was still cold in my bedroom but the main part of the house was almost pleasantly warm and my live-in nurse brought me tea each morning.
This is how I slept in my chilly 48° (9°C) bedroom. I had to keep my ankle elevated higher than my heart or my nose, and I didn’t want to bump it at all — it was still broken, still shattered, and being held still in a temporary cast — so I slept on top of the bed with additional blankets.
hand at ankle above the level of your eyes nose.”
Since we still had hot water — and trust me, I know how precious that was! — I was able to shower very carefully while in my temporary cast.
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Our power came back on while I was in the hospital post-surgery. SuperDad brought me home on Thanksgiving Day. Just a few minutes after settling me in, my in-laws came through the front door. They came to my room to visit with me and then they went back out to the kitchen and took over preparations for the big Thanksgiving meal.
So this is my life for the next few weeks: elevation and scheduled doses of pain medications. There’s quite a bit of hardware in that ankle:
What are your plans for the weekend and coming weeks?