It did, indeed, snow overnight on Monday. The tarps Steve had laid on the ramp worked as intended, and we arrived a little early for my appointment at the surgeon’s office, to find that he was running “about an hour” late. I had a book, of course, and Steve had his phone, and we were both able to Mostly Ignore the home renovation show on the waiting room television. Much better than the “news,” though I am occasionally bemused by what people believe is essential in a living space — and how many of them don’t have offices. What’s with that?
Anyhow — long story short — the pins were eventually extracted. The first was relatively painless. The second…the bones in my toe had decided to embrace the second pin as a sister, so that was, um, exciting. Yeah. I swear I did try to remember to breathe, but when the surgeon had finished with the second pin, and breathing rather heavily himself, he looked at my face, and said, “A little lightheaded? Here — I’ll just recline the chair for you, OK?”
Having the pins out is such a relief, I can’t even begin to tell you. I no longer have to worry that I’m going to snag on something or dislodge or bend the pins. Ahhhh, freedom. Plus, yanno, Friday I can take a shower. Have ordered in marching band for the event.
I now have exercises for moderate-weight-bearing in the center of my foot (not the toes!) to be performed 15 minutes every hour, so that’s fun.
Hopefully, the serious challenges are now behind me; I need to do my exercises, and keep off my foot when not exercising. Next doctor’s appointment is December 4 (December!), and things ought to be back to what passes for normal around here by the end of the year.
In other news, we received royalties for the German editions of our novels, which was unexpected, but welcome. I think the total payout covers the cost of the knee scooter.
We have also heard from the Uncle with a list of personalizations for Accepting the Lance. We’ll get right on that just as soon as the books arrive.
And that’s really all the news that’s fit to print.
Everybody stay happy.