Well it’s been quiet around here for the last few days. That’s because I’ve not been able to do anything besides limp around the house with the aid of crutches. Take pain meds. And complain about not being able to do anything. Bob and Kate must be sick of me. The cats are delighted, someone to nap with during the day.
Last saturday I went hiking with some friends to the calaveras preserve in carlsbad. We wanted to see the hidden labyrinth. It’s up in the volcano’s caldera, supposed to be a nice 7 ring maze. Well plans are good, but this turned into a lesson on humility. Climbing up the wall (a very steep staircase), I overextended my knee backwards causing immediate pain. Worse yet, the muscles got so overextended, my knee would no longer support me. No walking. Instead, I had to crawl down the hill. Then I accepted help from two young men who want to become firefighters. So last saturday, they got the chance to be hero’s helping me walk at least half a mile, probably closer to a mile back to the car.
Once there, my friends worked together to drive me and my car home. Once at home, Kate became a force to be reckoned with. She called grandma and grandpa who came over and took me to the emergency room. It was really quick — only a couple hours. There I got a knee brace and crutches. Those crutches have become my new best friends. I can’t do anything without them.
Overall I’m really lucky. No damage could be seen on the x-rays. I did not tear or break things, only pulled muscles. So I’m home with a sprained knee. Work has been supportive, letting me work from home this week. And thus I’m able to concentrate on healing while not using all my vacation time. Tomorrow I’ll go back to the doctor and see how much longer I’ll be on crutches. It probably will be for a few more weeks. But that’s doable.
But it would be nice if they say I am healing well and driving. It’s hard being confined to home. It’s hard not being able to get coffee. I have learned how to make tea with the help of a thermos. And I’m really good at making toast although I tend to eat it standing up at the sink. Haven’t figured out how to move a plate without turning it sideways.