Sunday, January 24, 2010


Seems like I have gotten a little distracted from blogging the last...oh...week or Which leaves me very, very far behind on my list of things I wanted to blog about, and bordering on out-of-date.

I have a serious-sounding post about health care and our state's election of last Tuesday (and the misunderstanding of it nationally), but that will need to wait until at least tomorrow. For now, I owe you an explanation as to where I have been while I haven't been blogging (or commenting on others).

There are a couple of intertwined stories here...involving a couple different people. For starters, The Mouth, one of me dearest friends from college is unexpectedly visiting for a bit. To be really frank, she did something kinda stupid, and ended up having to leave her job because of it. She is not real happy about it, nor real proud of it...and I think she came to see me and Smoking Hot Roommate because she couldn't think of anything better to do this week, could benefit from some people reminding her that she is a good person, and she needed to do something.

About the only counterbalancing factor is that she had some help in her actions, and her leaving her job is attached to a very large monetary parting gift. So, she flew out here on Monday and got in during the late evening and it was actually really good to see her, even if she wasn't in great spirits.

Second part of the story...on Tuesday afternoon, Munchkin hurt her foot playing basketball. I wasn't at the game, but she says that she landed on it funny and thought she just had a mild sprain. She has done that before, and didn't think a whole lot of it, even though she was limping on Tuesday night and felt the need to keep an ice pack on it periodically. She has some experience with hurting her ankles, so she sort of knows what to do.

On Wednesday morning, it was pretty swollen and uncomfortable, but she could still walk on it and didn't think it needed anything more than rest. She had already figured that she would have to skip basketball for at least the rest of the week and maybe longer...she also dutifully kept putting ice on it periodically to help with the swelling. At lunch on Wednesday, she called me and said that it had totally blown up and that she could no longer put any weight on it at all.

So, I picked her up at school and took her to the hospital...after a lengthy wait, a quick exam and an X-ray, the verdict was in. Broken bone in her foot. Ouch. Then the orthopedist looked at it and decided that he wanted to consult a surgeon to decide on the best course of action to re-set the bone.

Surgery? Say what?

The good news is that they (in the end there were four specialists) decided against surgery, and think that the bone can heal without any negative effects. The bad news is that she will be on crutches for a while, then in a boot and will have to be very careful while it is healing. Basketball season is obviously done for, and most likely a large chunk of her spring lacrosse and soccer, as well. The concerned parent in me is tempted to just tell her to not play any sports until the fall just to be safe, but I haven't verbalized that yet.

In the short term, that meant that she was in some pain, on some meds, and adjusting to her lack of mobility. For me, that meant the cancellation of my weekend trip to Florida:-( Munchkin was supposed to stay with Smoking Hot Roommate, but SHR was actually super busy all weekend and was really only on kind of emergency supervisory duty (Munchkin is old enough to pretty much take care of herself, even if I won't leave her home alone for two days in a row). However, SHR was way to busy to be around all the time, which is sort of what Munchkin needed this weekend.

Oh...but wait a minute...!!! Who is miraculously around all weekend?

That's right...The Mouth's ethically-challenged ways saved my vacation! She was more than happy to hang out at my place for the weekend, make sure Munchkin was comfortable and allow me and The Boy to get away to some warm weather for a few days. So, we blew out on Friday afternoon, hung out on the beach and enjoyed the heat yesterday and today, and got back after dinner tonight. Not exactly a lavish vacation, but just perfect to remind me that the world is not entirely covered in snow:-).

I am feeling relaxed, a little bit tanned, de-frosted and overall much better than two days ago. And I think The Mouth rather enjoyed having something to


Windy City Kelley's said...

Poor Munchkin. She must be so sad about missing all her sports for a while. The bright side is now you two will get to spend loads of quality time together before the babies arrive. :)

Our Happy Married Life... said...

I was wondering where you went! Sorry about Munchkin but glad you were able to get away for a couple days.

Rachel H. said...

Glad that you are back...hope Munchkin is feeling better, and I'm glad that you were still able to get away! :)