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I’ve been trying to write something for over a week now. Actually, more like two or three weeks, but who’s counting? I started an article about what happens when the “what if…?” happens and there it has stayed: started, partially written, not finished. Maybe that’s because the “what if…?” is still happening. So I decided to write an update kind of thing instead. Here goes…

Bare feet, injured ankle
Bare feet in the grass, Chaco tan-lines, injured ankle with blue kinesio tape

Most of you know that I took a tumble at the end of April. Early Tuesday morning, April twenty-eighth, to be more precise. Five weeks and two days ago. I expect that my main injury, which was (and is) a sprained ankle, will be taking a few more months to completely heal, but the other things, the crashed knee, the bashed palms of my hands including the embedded freshly-oiled asphalt chunks, the scraped elbow, have pretty much healed up, although that knee is still tender if I kneel down on it. My ankle has shrunk almost back to normal size and the remaining swelling has made the ankle joint (for lack of a better name) stiff and painful to move. One of the side effects that I didn’t expect was the total body lack of energy that happened. Just moving was such a challenge, so I didn’t do much of it. The out-of-balance thing that happened as a result of trying to walk without putting much weight on my right foot threw my entire physical structure out of whack. I finally located a chiropractor who has helped straighten things back out – and thank goodness for him! At least I can walk more evenly now. That’s a good thing πŸ˜€

So along with that update is this: I’m not the most patient person in the world, because I want it now, of course, whatever it is. Being a bit physically incapacitated has helped somewhat with the impatience because it’s made it more challenging to get around, get things done, go places. And then, not wanting to be “only injured,” I added something else: a couple of weeks ago, I caught some “little kid germs” as they flew by me and I’ve been pretty sick – fever, major congestion, horrible cough; in short, a nasty upper respiratory infection. Oh, and laryngitis. No voice. The combination of all these “sick things” has kept me down so it’s also allowed my body to heal up from that crazy tumble. I guess there’s a silver lining to that dark cloud after all!

And then, this morning, I woke up feeling like I was finally re-joining the human race! Yay! I think I’m over the hump, sick-wise. My ankle is just going to have to take it’s sweet time healing and I’m just going to have to be impatient about it. I think we can do this! (“we” being me, myself and I. Doesn’t everyone refer to themselves in the plural?)

I’ll be staying here in Las Vegas for a few more weeks at least, until I feel confident that I can drive some distance with my ankle as it is, and as I build my stamina back up so I have enough energy to drive more than an hour or one hundred miles, whichever comes first. I’m thankful to have a place to stay while I recuperate, and as you’ll see in the next paragraph, very grateful for air-conditioning in the house!

Summer has finally arrived here in Las Vegas – the temperature tied the record for the all-time high of 107F last Sunday. Yes, it was hot, but it was only 9% humidity when I checked so say what you will about heat, but dry heat beats the bejesus out of humid heat. I’ll take it hot and dry any day over not-even-that-hot and humid. The temperature has settled back down to the low 90s this week but next week it’ll be going back up. I’ve been trying to make some sense out of my trailer and doing so in the heat makes it a tad more challenging but it’s also easier to try and make sense while it’s sitting in my cousin, Tracie’s, driveway rather than sitting in a forest somewhere. I’ll take what I can get at this point.

Inside trailer
Inside Li’l Homey: it’s a mess right now!

Tracie’s husband, Bill, finished the repair on the front right corner of the trailer – there apparently was a water leak long before I owned the trailer and the supporting piece of wood had dry-rotted away, leaving nothing for the screws to screw into. He stripped away everything that wasn’t “good stuff” and replaced it all with new wood and new screws, as well as new butyl tape. He fixed the lock on the outside cubby door and fashioned a new door jamb piece for the main door into the trailer. No more rattling of either one! And now I’m tearing things apart inside the trailer, down-sizing and re-thinking everything I have in there. (I crack myself up at that “down-sizing” thing: it’s 65 square feet! Really? Most people have a bathroom in their house that’s bigger than my entire home! Ha!) All my canned and boxed food is going to the local food bank, which I do once a year anyway – keeps the food rotated and the food bank gets some food; it’s a win-win. All the “old” blankets and sheets are going to the local charity thrift shop, as is anything I haven’t worn in awhile. I’m fairly pared down already so there isn’t much but this way I can shop for “new” blankets and sheets and clothes at the same thrift shop I’m donating to; again, a win-win! Yay!

Let’s see. I think that’s about it with the update. I’m thinking of a new adventure and when I get it more solid in my mind, I’ll be letting you know about it. In the meantime, have fun, go find an adventure, and I’ll see you out there on the road somewhere!

Orange rose
A beautiful orange rose growing in Boulder City
Update: Injury News, Vegas Weather, Trailer Repairs, Etc.
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10 thoughts on “Update: Injury News, Vegas Weather, Trailer Repairs, Etc.

  • June 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Lois!
    Us impatient Cancerians!
    Hugs and healing.
    Its wonderful that you are able to get those repairs taken care of while you are recooperating. That cousin and hubby are a blessing.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful rose as well.

    • June 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Ain’t it the truth, Lesa! So much impatience!! The rose is from the rose garden at the Boulder City Cemetery where I was visiting my dad and other familial permanent residents. I love just going over there and hanging out; so peaceful and quiet (except when they’re mowing!). That’s where my feet pic is taken as well πŸ™‚

      My cousin and her husband are truly treasures! She’s the only family member I have left that’s still talking to me… hehehe! Sometimes I feel like I could stay here forever but then again, no. The road calls me!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    So thankful for treasures, big and small! You have that covered dear friend! So glad to hear (and see) that your ankle is better, even tho you have a way to go yet. The side effects of a tumble is more than Ya realized, I’m sure. It’s like a fine tuned machine, one part goes out and there is a domino effect.
    What a great cousin and hubby! Yay to him for fixing your Homey! (I like him for doing that ) ☺️
    Stay cool, we are enjoying some unusual dry weather in the PNW coast!
    Lots of hugs n love!

    • June 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Hi Debbie!

      I’m truly blessed by having such a great cousin and her husband has been awesome! I love them! Of course, they come with (foster) toddlers so that’s also where the “little kid germs” came from but it’s a package deal and that’s okay with me!

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

      I hear the entire PNW has enjoyed a dryer and warmer winter than “normal” and it’s extending into spring! Have fun at the coast and I hope to see you some time this summer/fall.

  • June 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I hope to see you too!

    • June 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      We’ll have to plan it and then make it happen! Yay!

  • June 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Unfortunately, the effective range of my magical healing wishes is only 172.8 miles. Can’t reach you from here in Oregon. I tried, though.

    • June 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Ha! I’ll be there in a few more weeks, as soon as I can drive that far. Happy trails!

  • June 8, 2015 at 6:54 am

    So glad you are doing better, if not all the way back to 100%. It is a blessing to be with people who love you and care about you and are willing to help, despite the little kid germs. I fully agree with you on the little kid germ thing. They are little germ factories. When my nephew was small, I always got sick when I visited, and I’m sure he was the culprit.

    Happy Trails, until we meet again.

    • June 8, 2015 at 9:51 am

      I always plan on getting sick when I’m around little kids. Having a compromised immune system doesn’t help, I’m sure! The good news is that it usually goes away in a couple of weeks and as long as some new germ isn’t flying around, I’m usually good to go πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Blaize!

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