Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Let The Healing Begin

On Monday I finally had my ankle surgery completed. Talk about a long day. I wasn't scheduled until 3 PM but the surgery before me ran long so I didn't go into the OR until 4:30. Of course I hadn't had anything to eat or drink since midnight, but at that point I was too nervous to think about my stomach anyway. Unfortunately, my doctor found that more work had to be done than expected. First of all, that extra time from me being sick made my bones heal more but not correctly. Then apparently, but not surprisingly, I have osteoporosis and they couldn't get the screws to stay put.  So they put a plate on both sides of the bones with screws all the way through attaching the plates. I compare it to a rotten wood Abaco dinghy... similar to when we repaired the ribs in the hull, we did the same thing.

My procedure was done outpatient and I got to go home that night at about 8. I was smart enough to accept the offer of a right leg nerve block which total numbness lasts 10-24 hours. This was plenty of time to get me settled in my bedroom recliner and sleep before the pain gradually took over. Since then I have been sleeping with my meds for about 18 hours a day because it sure makes me dizzy. The pain was about an 8 yesterday but so far about a 6 today. Hopefully every day will be better!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Carrier

It figures that this weekend I started getting a sore throat. I kept telling myself it was all in my head. I couldn't get a dr appointment until 3 pm today. Wonderful, I have strep throat with a fever. I had Dave get checked too since he has had laryngitis off and on for a month. Guess what... he's the carrier! So now we are both on antibiotics and my surgery has been postponed until Monday. I feel like by the time they do it I will be healed. Oh well, we wait some more.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Waiting Game

I just found out that my surgery isn't until October 11 so just as I am becoming pain free, I will be starting all over again. I'm glad I have lots of books at least. " Tropical Depression" is setting in too, since it's raining and only 49 degrees out. It's going to be a long 6-8 weeks!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Payback Time

Four years ago, when Dave had his accident and was incapacitated, I had to help him and do lots of jobs that I wasn't used to. Well it's payback time... I have broken my ankle! I twisted my ankle and then fell on it, so both bones are broken. It was also dislocated and boy was that ugly! It happened in Ticonderoga and we went to the hospital there where they set and splinted it. Today I had an orthopedic doctor appointment and unfortunately I will need surgery to install a plate and screws. This means we won't be in Florida or Hope Town for quite a few weeks as I recover. We'll enjoy the New England fall (no pun intended) and spend more time in the south in the spring to make up for lost time. Meanwhile, Dave is taking great care of me and all the jobs I usually do, while I sit and point. I'll keep you posted on my recuperation.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hydroplanes in the Fog

The Schroon Lake Wet Meet started out in the fog last weekend and made it even better! The sun did come out after awhile, but the eerie effect of the fog was mesmerizing. Below are a few of the sights of this annual meet. I'm sorry that you can't hear the sounds the engines made though! For more info and photos check out the Mohawk Hudson Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club's website and Facebook page.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Not All Fun

Sometimes there's things that have to be done. We haven't attempted any driveway sealing ourselves since we did our quarter mile long driveway, before we moved 10 years ago. I guess that was enough time for Dave to forget what an awful job it is. At least our two driveways and pathways in Ticonderoga aren't as long...and it came out great! Thanks Dave!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekends of Fun

During the summer we tend to lay low during the weekends because they are so busy everywhere. Labor Day starts our fun fall activities. Even Labor Day weekend wasn't as busy as normal, because of the cool weather that has plagued us this summer. After a great lunch at Jiminy Peak, the Thunderbird climbed to the top of Mt. Greylock.

We have Hope Town friends that hiked the Appalachian Trail this summer. I did my part by walking about 100 feet of it at the summit! Our friends later told us the climb up the mountain was challenging and when a thunderstorm came through, they spent the night in the log cabin that is provided for hikers there. I'm glad we drove!

The weekend after Labor Day is always packed full of events that we traditionally attend. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate for a trip to Lake George to see the Adirondack Nationals car show, and Dave was sick and we didn't go to the last Guptill's Car Show on Monday. However on Saturday we attended the Tugboat Round-up in Waterford. Once again the chilly weather kept some people away, and it didn't look quite as well attended as in previous years. That worked in our favor though.

We came across this display of wildlife bird rehabilitators which was amazing. They had three different owls and a raven which were so interesting. These birds had issues and would never be able to be returned to the wild, so they are displayed for educational purposes. Kudos to the Whispering Willow Wild Care group!

On Sunday, despite coming down with the flu, Dave went to the Rice-o-Rama motorcycle show in Massachusetts (I wonder how many people he infected...). The show was twice as large as previous years and more people than ever were thrilled with this one day a year event.

Of course his Widowmaker ride got an enormous amount of attention.

Dave didn't take too many photos, but if you are a Facebook fan, you can see plenty of shots from other's cameras on Rice-o-Rama's page.

Our friend Jim even got a 2nd place trophy for his Honda 50 in the 0-100cc class. Congratulations Jim!

Now that fall is here, we'll be looking forward to more events, although finally the weather is summer-like...we'll take it!