06 December 2012

No breaks here! - and other updates

Well, I had my trip to the ER yesterday.  Interestingly, the longest wait I had was to be seen by triage.  It was a very busy night there and it took triage over an hour to finally bring me back and get my info.  But once they did, things went fairly quickly.  We'd barely gotten back to the waiting room when the doctor came out to take off my shoe and take a look at my ankle.  With the amount of swelling I had, they were glad that I'd had the forethought to leave my shoe on.  It helped keep the swelling down some.  The doctor said there was definitely something wrong, at the very least a bad sprain, so he wanted to get it X-rayed.  They were going to try to fast-track me through the clinic instead of having to wait to be seen in the actual ER.

Within a few minutes, I had someone come to wheel me to X-Ray.  The X-Ray was one of the most painful parts because of how I needed to move my ankle so they could get the pictures they needed.  And, of course, it didn't want to move the way they needed it to without large amounts of pain.  But I've been through one labor and severe back spasms that felt like electrocution, the pain from this was something I could handle.

As soon as we got back to the ER, someone was there to wheel me back to be seen.  Off we went to the clinic with some awesome nurses that I would have loved to have had on my floor if I'd been staying the night.  Great sense of humor and really on top of things.  We had the nurse come in, followed quickly by the doctor (who was also fantastic - heck, everyone I dealt with there was fantastic).  He took a look at my x-rays and saw what he thought was an old break but wanted the radiation tech to look it over.  The radiation tech concurred, so the diagnosis was bad sprain.  Within 30 minutes, I had an air cast boot, a pair of crutches and a prescription for Lortab.  (Along with a Lortab in my system - I felt so much better!)  We were out of the hospital by 6:30, made phone calls to family, grabbed some dinner and picked up the kids.  All in all, it could have gone much worse.

Being immobilized like this is both frustrating and freeing.  On the one hand, I can't even get upstairs so I'm sleeping on the pullout couch downstairs.  It's not the most comfortable place to sleep.  I'd planned today to clean out the linen closet and start going through and organizing all my books.  Both are upstairs (well, a majority of my books are).  The boot is uncomfortable and I'm abysmal at walking with crutches.

On the other hand, it means that I'm being forced to read (right now, I'm reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple) and get some online things done that I've been putting off (like updating my blog).  It also means that I'll be able to do the advent calendar activities that I've been putting off doing with the kids because I've been busy trying to get things done in the house.

Our advent calendar is working out pretty good.  I don't have the money this year to buy lots and lots of gifts to put in it and neither of my kids needs tons of candy.  So I decided to come up with a list of activities to do.  Actually, I came up with two lists - one of activities like crafts, cookie baking and decorating the tree, and the other of more giving things, like calling family members and helping out when you can.  This is what I've come up with (though not in the order we have it on the calendar):

Advent Activity Ideas

  1. Write letter to Santa
  2. Make sugar cookies
  3. Make chocolate chip cookies
  4. Make peanut butter cookies
  5. Make gingerbread men
  6. Decorate tree
  7. Drive to look at Christmas lights
  8. Watch Christmas movie with hot chocolate and popcorn
  9. Make snowglobes
  10. Make Christmas Ornaments (Salt dough)
  11. Make Shrink-a-doodle ornaments
  12. Make popsicle stick ornaments
  13. Read a Christmas story
  14. Make Christmas gifts for Teachers
  15. Write Christmas cards for family and friends
  16. Make Apple Clove Ornaments
  17. Shop for a gift for Mommy
  18. Shop for a gift for Daddy
  19. Listen to holiday music
  20. Wrap presents
  21. Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them in the windows
  22. Visit Santa at Bass Pro Shop
  23. Make a special holiday meal with one thing each of us enjoys
  24. Put out stockings and read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Advent Giving and Thankfulness Ideas

  1. Tell everyone in the family something you like about them.
  2. Do something nice for a stranger
  3. Donate a toy to someone less fortunate
  4. Donate a book to someone less fortunate
  5. Talk about what Christmas means to you
  6. Read the story of Jesus' birth
  7. Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for
  8. Call Nonni and Pop to tell them you love them
  9. Call Grandma and Grandpa to tell them you love them
  10. Call Poppy to tell him you love him
  11. Call Aunt Robin, Uncle Simo and Layla to tell them you love them.
  12. Call Aunt Deni, Uncle Mike, Gabe and Mikayla to tell them you love them.
  13. Do something nice for a family member.
  14. Make a video to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
  15. Give out free hugs to someone
  16. Donate extra change to the Salvation Army bell ringer
  17. Suggest something fun to do the weekend after Christmas
  18. Suggest a tradition you'd like to add to our family holidays
  19. Help someone with their chores.
  20. Make up a story about Christmas together
  21. Donate food to Second Harvest
  22. Buy something from the Angel Tree for someone in need
  23. Tell one thing you want to do better in 2013
  24. Say Thank You to someone you don't usually thank
Our advent calendar with notes waiting for each day 's activities

The crossed out ones are the ones we've finished.  The italics are the ones that we were supposed to do but haven't yet.  Technically, the snowflakes are today's activity, but we should be able to do those without too much trouble, along with the other crafts that we haven't finished yet.

The ornaments that we did do have come out pretty good.  The kids loves doing the Salt Dough ornaments (it's another one I've found on Pintrest) and they had a lot of fun using the cookie cutters to cut them out.  This is what we came up with:

Our Salt Dough ornaments

We still have to paint them (also happening tonight) and put mod podge over them so we'll be able to keep them for years to come.  Teddy had so much fun with it that he made making new ornaments every year as the family tradition he wants to adopt.

All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about things.  Yeah, my leg hurts horribly, but it could have been broken, which would have been worse.  But my house is clean, I've got plenty of books to read and I've got lots of fun things to do with the boys.  What else could I ask for?