Nick is still getting rides to school from his friend Jay's mom. She's been a great blessing to us during this time. She's also been getting Nick home, however, I'm now having to arrange other means three days a week since Jay is going out for flag-football and that's just too boring for Nick to sit through, and too hot, to sit and try to do his homework in the car. I'm sure he will be glad when Mom can drive again. We have all days covered up through my next appointment on the 25th.
On Wednesday I had a huge burst of energy - amazing how that happened with the cast being removed! But since I can't bear any weight on my foot - doctor's orders! - I had to be creative with how I went about doing some chores. With two guys doing the chores for nearly 3 weeks, some things sorely needed a woman's touch. I cleared the frig of all science projects (after having slimy lettuce placed in front of me one night - ewwww), cleaned up the remaining heads of Romaine, I scoured the sink with cleanser, washed the dishes that were there after running the dishwasher empty (we only use it as a drying rack as it no longer cleans dishes, and still gets a bit grody so I run it once it in awhile). I took a shower! That's a big deal, especially knowing I was home alone and had to be extra cautious getting into and out of the shower coordinating crutch and shower stool. I crawled back upstairs to gather the laundry. How does one do that on crutches? One grabs a pillowcase and shoves all the dirty clothes into it, grabs as much edge as possible while still grabbing the crutch and leans against the railing to pick it up and toss it over so that it lands at the bottom of the stairs, where once I was back down there, I could use my pseudo-wheelchair and get it to the garage. Then toss it out there and use the crutches to get to the chair at the machine - sort and wash. The chair comes in handy not only for sitting but to stand on good foot while putting knee/shin on chair to be 'normal' height. By the end of the day, I'd accomplished getting about 5 loads of laundry washed, dried, hung, folded - but had to wait for Nick to get home to get it upstairs to the closets. The folded stuff is still on the dining room table. I went through our receipt box and wrote checks for any bills that hadn't yet been taken care of. I talked on the phone. I watched TV. I played fetch with Raven. I made mental notes of so many things that are falling behind. I fixed my lunch. By the end of the day, I was pleasingly exhausted.
Thursday told me I'd overdone it on Wednesday. Aside from a couple trips to the potty, I stayed in bed until 11:00...I was physically so very tired. Breakfast and lunch weren't had until I got myself downstairs around 1:30. Funny thing, the guys haven't done
Today, I clearly noticed how my right calf muscle is atrophying. And it'll be another two and a half weeks (or more?) before I can start using my foot & bearing weight on it, guess that right calf will get even smaller :(
|Great-grandmother's tea set|
|Nick, Aunt Ellen, Lee|