Monday, May 7, 2007


We have all experienced extreme joy as we ran out of school when classes let out for summer vacation. It has been a really long time since I had a feeling like that but I had it this past Wednesday.

I have not been able to do much or get out on my own since I broke my ankle four weeks ago. Last Tuesday was a day out for me having my husband take me to a doctor's appointment. Seeing the doctor and being reassured that the ankle is on the mend, that I am right where I should be in my recovery, and now being told to pace myself, I can almost see the end in sight. I was hoping to hear all of this positive feedback because the next day my husband and I were heading to one of my favorite places to visit, Chicago.

You are now probably wondering what triggered the rush of school's out feeling, I shall now fill you in. While packing on Wednesday for our getaway I realized that a trip to the store to pick up a few things was needed before we left for Chicago. This would require me to be the one to get to the store as Ameridad was at work. I was confident that I could do this as I am getting around well on the crutches and could get in and out of the van without having help.

This was the first independence I had in three weeks and let me tell you it was great! I found myself wanting to speed but made an effort to keep within the limit; I finally drove with cruise control on. While on the way to Kohl's a stop at Hardees drive-through was a must. I picked up a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit along with a medium coke. This I enjoyed in the parking lot listening to the radio and watching the traffic whiz by.

Next stop was Kohl's. I parked in the handicapped spot, getting me as close to the door as I could; I do have the permit for that. Using crutches to get into the store I found a wheel chair waiting right by the door. What luck, I knew this was a good sign. Wheeling around the store with a clerk helping me, I was in and out in record time.

When I got home I was tired and the old foot was swollen but it was worth it. Being laid up has made me appreciate the simple things. Always--and I will pass this along to all of you--remember to take time to slow down and enjoy the little things once and awhile.


Cynthia Rae said...

Good for you! Sounds like you had a heack of a day. Wish I could have joined you in the "Van Cafe" for a mc muffin sandwhich (how I do miss those). Remember when we did the same thing while over looking the river and the Cincinatti skyline. What fun!

Take care of your foot and don't over do it! The end is in sight!


melusina said...

I know those feelings of freedom, they feel great, don't they?

But as Cyn says, don't over do it! And soon you'll be off the crutches and everything will be back to normal.

Scott&Emily said...

Way to go on the mending of the break! Slow and steady always wins!

amerimom said...

Cyndi-Scott, Emily & Cara-Melusina-I am taking it easy and being sure not to over due anything. I also am trying hard not to to think about what is left in this recovery but to remember how far I have come.