Ok, where was I? Yeah sitting on the couch with a painful, swollen ankle and kicking myself for overdoing it. I knew there was a long restless night ahead of me. I also knew I would be at the doctor’s office as quickly as I could in the morning. Fridays aren’t the best days for seeing specialists around here and come to think of it office hours in general are only a half day on Friday. I see their point in that one. I like to be off on Friday’s also; however, sickness and pain don’t follow a schedule.
What I wanted in addition to an examination was the boot. This would stabilize my ankle. I also knew that stairs and driving would be out of the question or a long time. The ortho dr was out of town. I called the rehab facility and they suggested I see my family doctor. Roger that. She took a look at it and thought that I had a full tear instead of a partial and wasn’t sure about the type of boot necessary. So back home I went to wait and see if she was able to reach the doctor or his associate by page.
Other than being in pain I was growing antsier by the minute because my classes were set to start in three days. In a nutshell here’s what happened. Family doctor calls back a couple of hours later and says they couldn’t reach the ortho dr or his associate, continue using the crutches and they’d call be back first thing Monday morning. 20 minutes later the ortho office called wanting to know what was going on. I gave them a recap and they said to come in and a technician there would fit me with a boot.
Let me stop right here and tell you how absolutely wonderful my husband, daughter and granddaughter have been through all of this. Repeated trips to the doctor, taking on all of the household stuff and waiting on me hand and foot, literally. I love them to pieces!!
The fitting of Das Boot only took about fifteen minutes. It’s very heavy and when laced up it hurts like the dickens. The compression is supposed to take care of the swelling. I was advised to nix my therapy appointment for Monday morning and come back to the office early. Bummer! Not being able to totally submit to the couch, Chari and I went to the grocery store on Sunday. Oh I was careful and I was in an amigo. Talk about a humbling moment. That’s when I knew that I had really had enough of this. I managed to make it through the store without incident. Although I almost took out a display of mayonnaise trying to make a right turn around it, LOL!!
Bright and early Monday morning I was back at the ortho office. Dr. says it’s not a full blown tear but we’re getting close. Continue to wear the boot, ice the ankle 2-3 times a day, use the crutches, no physical therapy, go super easy with my classes and if it’s not better in a week we have to start talking about surgery. Oh no, he said the “S” word!!!
Class was interesting and my students are supportive and understanding. The Mr. takes me to class and helps me get everything set up. From now on the staff at the college will take care of that. I sit in the chair for lecture and during the workouts. It’s mainly an upper body workout with some floor exercises. Getting on the floor with the boot on isn’t the daintiest maneuver either. Typically I am a hands on instructor. I don’t like for my class to do something that I can’t or won’t do. Not this time. When they were running I wanted to jump right in there with them. Realistically I know that probably won’t happen again. Even after this heals it’s not worth the risk.
For me it’s going to be like tweaking a recipe. I’ll add a little of this and omit some of that until I have the formula that works for me. Right now the ankle is still swollen though not as much and the same goes for the pain. We’ll see what doc says on Wednesday.
Back to the birthday cakes. Charisse couldn’t really decide between a banana or chocolate cake, so being the doting mother that I am I made both. I’ve used the recipes before and they never fail.
The banana cake was covered with a cream cheese butter cream frosting.
To Gabbi’s great delight the chocolate one was slathered with chocolate frosting.
I’m sorry there aren’t any pictures of the cakes cut. Gathering props and standing to do that was out of the question. Shopping for the ideal teal accessories wasn’t happening either so I grabbed what I saw and made the best of it. Hence the plastic table cover and teal paper plates. Had this been on a folding table in another room, I wouldn’t have felt so bad. Using them in the formal dining room just didn’t feel or look right to me. What I did really like was the teal colored bling that I put on the black stemware.
You can bet I’ll be using that idea many more times. My go with everything plain stemware from the thrift store was also used. For the runner I folded my white tablecloth length wise. I also used black dinner plates and black napkins. The black napkins were folded into a triangle and placed on top of a white salad plate. Silver flatware that I scored from Big Lots completed the setting.
It surely wasn’t my best and was definitely a case of working with what was accessible. The best thing about it was that Charisse didn’t complain about having a plastic cloth and paper plates for her 30th birthday. She’s a sweetie pie!
Thanks for all of your well wishes and being kind enough to read all of my updates. I’m in the process of having some of my “stuff” brought upstairs so I don’t have to make the trip downstairs to bake. I’ll be at it again soon, fingers crossed!!!