Down But Not Out

Last week was full of bad. Like, really bad, and lots of it. First was this: IMG_4014Wednesday morning I was coming downstairs to say goodbye to my daughter before she left for school, and somehow I completely missed the last step. I landed hard on my foot, heard it crack, and knew it was bad. She got me an ice pack and I sent her on to school. Then I managed to hobble to the dining room, where my phone was, to call my husband to take me to the ER. X-rays confirmed that I’d broken the 5th metatarsal, which is the bone that runs along the outer side of the foot. I was given pain meds, a boot, crutches, and instructions to put no weight on it.IMG_4015Thankfully, I hadn’t messed up the ankle or anything else. But still, it’s my right foot, which means no driving. As a SAHM with two active kids, that makes life difficult. My poor husband is now having to take on a lot of chauffeur duties, as well as errands like returning library books and going to the grocery store. Ugh.

My first full day at home alone, I lost my balance on my crutches and fell. I protected my foot, which meant all my weight landed on the heel of my hand. My right hand. IMG_4026I *think* it just got badly bruised, but it made using the crutches even more painful, because that’s exactly where I bear the weight when I’m using them. The next morning I had my husband bring down the rolling office chair, and that’s made getting around downstairs much easier.

Thursday, my husband got a ticket for expired tags, which neither of us realized were expired and neither of us remember getting the reminder postcard in the mail.

Friday, my puppy Jack caught a nail on something, pulling it partway off. He needed to go to the vet but I couldn’t drive and Alex couldn’t leave work, not after being gone all day with me on Wednesday. Thankfully, my sister was able to come help us out, and we managed to get him to the vet where they removed the nail, bandaged his paw and gave me meds for him, all to the tune of $140. IMG_4033So yeah, it was a very, very long week. I am tired and sore and frustrated and poor. It’s a good thing I can’t drive to any yarn stores because we can’t afford it right now! Thankfully, I can still knit, and I now have LOTS of time to knit while I hang out on the couch. IMG_3860Sarah Beanie #1, which I worked on at the World Series celebration parade on Tuesday, before the foot fiasco.IMG_4019Sarah Beanie #2, begun the night of the foot fiasco when I needed something soothing and happy. It was happy until the next day. IMG_4021I’d dropped a stitch way back and hadn’t noticed. Fortunately, I was able to pick it up so I didn’t have to frog the whole thing.IMG_4036Butterfly Hat #2. This one I took with me on Saturday, when both kids were auditioning for the metro district band. I hadn’t planned on going, what with the foot and crutches and all, but my daughter was so disappointed that I decided to give it a whirl, hopping down the 10 or so steps outside our house to the car.IMG_4037I finished the hat before the auditions were done, sadly. Since I hadn’t planned on going, I didn’t have other projects ready to grab. Just another reminder to always have a travel project on hand! Still, I was glad I’d made the effort to go, even if I was exhausted by the time we made it home seven hours later. And hooray, the week ended on a high note: my son, a 7th grader auditioning for the first time, was selected as an alternate, and my daughter earned third chair in the district band! Now I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I’m back in the driver’s seat by the time we need to go to All-State auditions! I go to the orthopedist on Tuesday to get more X-rays, check on the healing process, and see whether I need surgery to insert a pin. Hopefully I’ll have a better idea of how long I’ll be restricted after that appointment. And until then, I’ll just keep knitting. IMG_4039

13 thoughts on “Down But Not Out

  1. When I was on crutches I wrapped towels onto the hand supports. If you happen to know any figure skaters, the soakers we use on our blades are great for the part that go under your arm (desperate times call for desperate measures…..) And remember lotion your hands a lot when you’re using the crutches, or else they’ll blister.

  2. Wow, bonnie, I’m sad to hear about your foot. And here I was grumbling about a bruise I got from stepping on a plastic train track. Hope you don’t need that pin and that you get tons of extra knitting done. Congrats to the kids!

  3. I am so sorry all this happened! It is so frustrating to not be able to drive. I was in a boot for 3 months (left leg) and discovered I could work the clutch just fine. I’m thinking the right foot is a different deal. You know, you can order groceries online and have them delivered. I’m thinking I may do that on bad days. Hope you’re running full speed again soon.

  4. Ugh! What a week, Bonny! Hope the bruised hand doesn’t impede the knitting.
    Congrats to David and Katie! I looked all over Facebook last night trying to find out Katie’s results – third chair is awesome!!

  5. Oh no I am so sorry that you had such a bad week. Sending you and your puppy good healing vibes and prayers. That’s amazing that your kids did well in band auditions. At least you can still knit. Hopefully you get some good orders.

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