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The day after my last post about the asshaberdashery of the insurance company we were dealing with, we had everything resolved and Chris and I took a trip out to Gallatin Friday afternoon to get the truck he wanted.


After enjoying the benefits of having a truck all weekend, it's a little easier to ignore the fact that we now have three years of debt because of it (unless we pay it off early, which we probably will).

Jonah had his second soccer game on Saturday morning at the ungodly hour of 8:30am. Sure, that doesn't sound like it's that bad, except that it takes an awful long time to get shin guards and tight knee socks on wobbly little legs that don't know the meaning of the word "still". Jonah's natural rising time is at about 8am, exactly when we should be leaving the house to get to the field in time. But we made it in plenty of time, despite waking a bit late and he was even fed and over his "you woke me up" grumpiness by the time we got there. The promise of a donut after the game probably helped.

The only issue was that we did not account for the blustery wind that was blowing at that hour. At least we weren't the only parents that were ill equipped. Chris and I would kick the ball around with Jonah on the side lines when he wasn't in the game to help keep him (and us) warm. But as we were leaving, I noticed the ball was starting to roll down the slope toward the ditch. Wanting to keep it out of the mud, I ran up to kick it up the slope. But when I planted my left foot next to the ball, my ankle rolled downhill and I went down momentarily. I could tell immediately this was not a "walk it off" injury. I've rolled my ankles before, but I've never had anything I'd call a sprain. This is awful!


I've been trying my best to take it easy and follow the RICE rules (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), but I'm not so good at the R part and I've probably not used enough I or E because I'm not doing R. But I do keep it wrapped snuggly in an ace bandage all day and I sleep with it elevated. This morning, after prolonged icing last night and taking it easy yesterday, I've noticed that the swelling looks to have gone down by about half. But now, I'm noticing new bruises on the right side of the ankle as well as a slight discoloration throughout all of the swelled parts. Waking in the morning is the worst time. It gets settled in a relaxed position and I have to bend it back closer to a working angle to wrap it. Once it's wrapped, I'm usually okay for the rest of the day, but that transition between positions is excruciating! The rest of my body is starting to feel the strain of compensating for the ankle as well. I've got to take it easier until I'm healed.

One good thing, since I have to take frequent breaks, it actually looks like I'm going to get my reading done for the book discussion on Friday. We're starting Return of the King. Wow, we've been doing this for a really long time. Fellow smialites, is this year 2 or 3 since we started discussing LOTR?

Despite my crippledness, I still managed to help Chris put up the garden shed we had bought and could finally bring home because YAY TRUCK! I didn't do much but hold panels up so he could hammer them together, but it was something. Then I stocked it with all the tools and supplies that have been rusting out in the elements for years as well as a full shelf worth of stuff out of the garage. I want to outfit it with a loft for storing seedling flats and some pegboard and hooks for tools, but for now, everything is out of the way and accessible and tidy.

I also got the last of the clean up done in the gardens on Sunday. After cleaning out the entire garage the weekend before, my missing shears never turned up. So we bought some new ones and we got all the ornamental grasses clipped back just in time for the new growth to start popping up. The guy came to mow the grass yesterday for the first time, so the yard is starting to wake up out of winter funk.

Apart from that, I have a list of things I've vowed to finish before I start any new projects. I'm slowly crossing things off of it, but I've got some tremendous guilt about some of the things I've procrastinated. Nothing to do but just get them done though. The longer I take to finish them, the worse it gets. I've always said my mantra should be better late than never, but damn it, that's not good enough. I feel like I'm screaming "THIS IS WHY I'LL NEVER BE AN ADULT!" at myself. *sigh*

on 2011-03-22 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Ouch!! D:

Congrats on the truck though!

on 2011-03-22 08:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Yes. :/


on 2011-03-22 07:52 pm (UTC)
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HOLY BUCKETS! That looks almost as bad as my ankle when I partially tore a ligament. Did you hear/feel a pop???
Definitely rest as much as you can! I still have residual weakness in my ankle from not doing post-injury therapy properly, and it's no fun.

Also-nice new truck!

on 2011-03-22 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Something being torn or fractured was a serious concern early on. I'm not positive if I felt a pop, really. I have a bad habit of popping my ankles a lot, so it might have gone unnoticed in the whole "OMG PAAAIIN!"

The past two days, I've been better about taking breaks. But over the weekend with the nice weather and Chris working outside, I was having a hard time sitting still for long. I definitely want to make sure to strengthen it as soon as I'm able. I can keep my knees and back in check with yoga, so hopefully I can find something to keep my ankles strong as well. I do not want recurring injuries if I can help it!


on 2011-03-22 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Man, you sure did a number on it... And yes, you likely do need to rest a lot more than you have been. You sure you're still up for the group coming on Friday?

on 2011-03-22 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Indeed. :/ I've done better the past two days about staying off of it more. But with the nice weather and Chris working outside over the weekend, I could not force myself to stay still.

Definitely still up for the gathering on Friday! As I said, the swelling is already down by at least half and it feels better and better everyday. I might not be 100% by then, but I doubt I'll be limping too much either. I'm already up to a steady hobble. ;)

on 2011-03-22 11:15 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Oh holy crap! That looks painful!

YAY for the new truck!

And yeah, I need to finish crap before I start new projects too. *sigh*

on 2011-03-22 11:35 pm (UTC)
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It was definitely on the top 10 list of most painful things that have ever happened to me, I think. :/

I'm pretty happy with it and I think Chris is ecstatic. He's never owned a truck or a brand new car, so he's just a little bit giddy. ;)

I'm TERRIBLE about this! Two of my dining room chairs are currently in different fabrics than the other four and those tiled tables I started way back in December are still unfinished. But I want to start a new costume, so I'm making myself finish this stuff first!

on 2011-03-22 11:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I've found though, that sometimes I need to start something new just to inject creativity into the old projects? Not that I'm suggesting you do this...

on 2011-03-22 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Indeed! That works wonders for the writing and the costuming projects because there are a fair amount of creative blocks that happen in either of those and for me, both are long term projects. All the stuff I have on the table right now are all short little things that are more like tasks than projects and I need to get them out of the way ASAP!

I'm researching the costume and budgeting, so it's not entirely tabled and my mind is certainly occupied by it. But I can't let myself start draping muslin until I have at least my current list tackled. I'm hoping my desire to get going on it pulls me through these tasks. I really need to get on with it if I want it done by September!

on 2011-03-23 12:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Ouch! DAMN! Please take care of your ankle...

Yay for the new truck! Love it that it's black, but you knew that already. =)

on 2011-03-23 01:02 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Thanks, I will.

Heh, yes. ;) We now have yin-yang cars. My Subaru is white (though by chance more than choice, really).

on 2011-03-23 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Yeep! I'm sorry about your ankle - that sounds and LOOKS painful. I hope it gets to feeling better soon!

I read your last post and sympathized as far as car buying goes (since we had to get one for Ben sooner than expected and I waved goodbye to being debt free since we hadn't yet saved up enough for the entire thing.) Actually having it does make the pain of having debt again so much easier to bear though - hahaha. The truck is beautiful!


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