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Old 06-09-2018, 09:46 PM   #1
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A very short trip, indeed.

I'm headed home from work on Friday afternoon. Took off an hour early because vacation starts officially on Monday but as far as I'm concerned it started when the door closed behind me just now and I step into the sunshine of the enormous parking lot of the jet base.

I'm eager to get home. The camper is cleaned up, stocked and ready. Food, clothes, cameras, ice chests... everything is ready and we don't even leave until Sunday about 8 a.m. Saturday will be a rest day. A last minute trip to the grocery store for some perishable things and not much else. A good nights sleep and away we go.

This is going to be a good trip. I'm even looking forward to the 4 hour drive.

Then I get a call from my daughter. "Not to scare you or anything but I'm over at the emergency room with Mom. She's gonna be OK but..."

My daughter works at the hospital so I have easy access to the back side of ER operations. We are waiting for x-rays of Sweet Wife's hands. She has fallen in her garden, one finger on the right hand popped out of joint but has righted itself, and is now on ice. There is some swelling.

There is some swelling and bruising on the left hand, too. Probably going to ice that, too, and we'll be out of here. Rest up Saturday and Sunday we'll be out of here.

Until the resident comes in with the x-rays. The metacarpal bone for the left hand "pinky" finger is snapped in half, the fracture extending from one end to the other, running diagonally down the middle.

The resident says he's going to put a splint on that, when the swelling has subsided the orthopedist will put a real cast on it in a few days. That is, in the middle of our trip. I haven't mentioned Sweet Wife is a musician, highly accomplished on violin and flute. This is rapidly getting to be a very big and very gone sideways deal.

****

So for the rest of Friday and a good bit of Saturday morning we are adjusting to the idea of me as nurse and her having one useless hand and one that's sort of marginal. She can't open her pill bottle. (Good pills, though) After some discussion, we agree a trip is doable... but not likely to be any fun. No bike rides, no swimming, no guitar and I'm doing all the work plus nurse duty.

So I call the park and cancel our 5 nights. Unloading the trailer can wait until Monday.

And that's about the shortest trip we've ever not been on.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #2
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OUCH!!!!!

Sorry to read your post. Hope that wife makes a full recovery and is able to continue with her music.

Glad that it wasn't worse.

Hoping for a complete and rapid recovery for your wife!
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:18 PM   #3
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She has spirit. As we were leaving the ER she said we'd be going on this trip anyway. Then we began to figure out the reality of the situation.

It was NOT going to be fun, and fun is the point.

It will be cooler in the fall.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:33 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear about DW. Hope she recovers full use of her fingers.

Broken bones can be very painful for a while. I broke my left wrist when in 4th grade. At the time it felt like s*** as I sat in school from lunch time then the bus home so Dad could take me to the doctors office. Nice thing about having my arm in a cast for 6 weeks was the class bully left me alone after the first pop to his head.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:38 PM   #5
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... the class bully left me alone after the first pop to his head.
Once I beat a bully with a chain. Totally revolutionized our relationship.
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It sucks to miss a trip, but you've got your priorities straight!
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Sorry to hear about your wife. Hereís hoping she getís well soon.
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At least your sweet wife doesnít need surgery to pin her finger. Iím sorry you will miss your trip. That is so disappointing, but you seem to have a very healthy viewpoint of everything. Take her to a good movie (if any are playing) or dinner today and enjoy each otherís company. Itís not the good times that make for the best stories, but the unexpected.
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Sorry to hear this. Hope she heals quickly.
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Sorry to hear about the mishap and broken finger. Years ago I cut my hand with a chain saw, my wife who is a Polio survivor with a bad leg, fell down in the garden and sprained her other ankle. We went camping for five days anyway but we were a sight to see setting up at the campground.
Good luck going forward and remember that this too shall pass and perhaps you will be able laugh about it after a few months.
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