Having Surgery and Feeling the Love

Yesterday, I had surgery to repair a torn ligament in my knee.  The surgery went well and now I am home recovering.

A few days ago, I told Gwen I was actually looking forward to the surgery, because I am tired of my knee hurting all the time.  Gwen responded, “I’m looking forward to the surgery too, because I am tired of hearing you complain about your knee hurting all the time.”

I’m feeling the love.  LOL

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Dr. Pepper Induced Violence

One day when Aaron and I were teenagers, we woke up irritated with each other.  The whole day was spent arguing and insulting one another.

That afternoon, I went into the kitchen to get a Dr Pepper.  Aaron grabbed the drink out of my hand and started laughing.

The anger welled up inside of me and I decided I had enough.  I responded with one silent explosive episode.  Without saying a word, I punched Aaron in the face and broke his nose.

What happened next took only a couple of seconds, but it played out in slow motion.  Aaron’s body jerked from the blow, which caused blood to splatter on the wall.  There was blood spewing from his nose, running down his shirt, and dipping onto the floor.

Aaron stood there in stunned silence for what seemed like an eternity.  Then all of a sudden he screams out, “My nose!”  Aaron ran into the bathroom and started balling over his injury.

That day became on of those funny stories that was shared between us on a regular basis.  For years, Aaron would tell people not to mess with my Dr Pepper or they might end up with a broken nose.

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Bicycling and Going Crazy

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I started bicycling a couple of months ago and I love it.  I enjoy the challenge of rough terrain and flying down steep hills.  However, there are a few drawbacks.

For women, frequent bike riding massively increases your risk of urinary tract infection (UTI).  I discovered this fact the hard way.  After doing a some internet research, I learned how to lower that risk.  Thank goodness for that, because UTIs are annoying and uncomfortable.

Another thing I learned the hard way, saddle sores are actually blisters that develop in the crotch area.  Saddle sore sounds rather innocuous and does not adequately portray the amount of pain and discomfort this ailment can cause.

Yesterday, I went to Harvest Nature Preserve for some off-road bike riding.  The trail starts out as gravel and then turns into dirt as you enter the woods.  Since there is a lake and a few creeks in the area, there are also several wooden bridges.

I was in the woods and going down a hill with a sharp curve at the bottom.  Unfortunately, I was going to fast when I tried to turn.  My bike started to slide a bit and I slammed into a tree, which caused me to fall off the bike and land partially on a thorn bush and partially in a mud puddle.

I ended up with numerous small cuts on my hands, arms, and legs.  I also have several small bruises on my legs and one massive bruise that is 4 inches in diameter.

To top it off, when I got home I discovered a tick on my calf muscle.  Mom helped me get the tick off and then we flushed it down the toilet.

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All in all, I had a blast yesterday and plan to do it again.  I still enjoy bicycling, in spite of my injuries, sores, and infections.  Maybe I am crazy, but I think biking is a ton of fun.

 

Coccyx – It’s a Fun Word

The word “coccyx” wasn’t a part of my daily vocabulary, until I fell in the garage and landed on my backside.  After the accident, I started using the word frequently and I realized it’s actually a fun word to say.

Maybe I can find a way to keep it as a regular part of my vocabulary.  If you have any ideas on how to incorporate the word coccyx in everyday conversation, let me know in the comment section.

Tailbone Injury and Family Lessons

Yesterday, I fell backwards in the garage and landed on my tailbone.  When I hit the concrete floor the pain was so excruciating I felt like I was about to vomit and pee my pants at the same time.

My mom was on the other side of the garage.  She knew I fell, but didn’t see the landing.  She was calling to me and worried I hit my head.

I didn’t answer right away, because I was so concerned about accidentally going to the bathroom in my pants.  I was struggling to get off the floor as quickly as possible.  However, the pain was so bad it was a difficult task and I was moaning the entire time.

I finally managed to stand up and told my mom I was fine.  I didn’t hit my head, so we got into the Jeep.  We had tickets to see the Footloose musical at the Von Braun Civic Center.  We both were looking forward to it, so I tried to continue on with the day.

However, the pain in my buttocks and lower back continued to increase and I was struggling.  We ended up going to the Madison Hospital ER.  I told Mom she didn’t have to stay and if she wanted she could go see the musical without me.  There wasn’t anything she could do at the ER, but she decided to stay with me.

They took x-rays of my lower back and the doctor examined me.  Luckily, nothing is broken.  The doctor said I have contusions on my coccyx.  Basically, I bruised my tailbone and I should be better in about a week.

Yesterday, I planed to do something nice for my mom.  I bought the tickets for the musical and we planned to spend the day having fun.  The day didn’t go as planned.  My mom ended up doing something nice for me.  She spent the day at the ER and went to the pharmacy to get my medication.  I guess that’s what family is all about.