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Annie : Hardware, Building Permits, and COLD Weather
Diary entry posted Sat 12:58pm 5 November 2005

November 5

I am almost at the 11 month time period; that's hard for me to believe. Last week, I received the call that my hardware removal surgery will take place on December 21. Happy Holidays to me! I'll just figure out how to work around the holiday stuff with the crutches. At least I am only on the crutches 3-5 days and am PWB from the start. From what my friends who have had the surgery tell me, the first couple of days are the worst, then one feels pretty good. So, if all goes well, by the holidays I should be in pretty good shape and maybe even off the crutches. I will be in my air cast for 6-8 weeks while the holes heal, mostly to remind me not to get too rambunctious. It is my option to have PT or not; I believe I will do several weeks just to ensure the best possible outcome. So, that is what the plan is. Every time I think of yet another surgery, my stomach turns and I get nervous, so I try not to think about it much. I just believe this is the right decision, for me. As I took my walk up my mountain trail this morning, there was always the awareness that the HW was there. It's not painful, just annoying. So, I think having it out is the right thing to do, for me.

On another on-going issue, yesterday we FINALLY got the permit for our kitchen remodel/addition. I can't believe how long it has taken, especially since up where I live, timing is everything. The weather is COLD, and there is already a dusting of snow on the mountains out my front windows. We have been dismanteling our deck in preparation for the project, so our doggies are quite confused as to why they can't go out the back door they usually exit from (it's a four foot drop!). My husband and I have gotten pretty pragmatic about all this; we'll just deal with whatever the weather throws our way. I'm not sure if re-roofing the whole house is still in the plans right now or not. We'll just have to see I guess.

That's about it for my 11 month progress report. I am pleased with how far I have come in this amount of time when I consider how badly I broke my ankle. Just 11 months ago, I wondered what I would be able to do physically; I wondered if all the wonderful outdoor activities I love would still be possible. I have found that while breaking one's leg is a MAJOR challenge to overcome, it is not the end of the world. It takes a LOT of patience and determination, but life does return. All the best to my MBL friends!!!



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