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  • annerunningragged

I took a little liberty with that saying but it is time for me to say good-by to the best recovery center ever! I had this next to my bed:

And the food! I think I got a copy of every recipe my sister cooked for me.

I rode along in the car with my sister, Susan, so that I could soak up the scenery and the sun. While waiting in line at school to pick up my great niece (I had to look that up.......a niece once removed....2nd niece...), this was the view. I could see some skiers coming down those slopes.

Since I don't really know when I actually did all the damage to my ankle, I have been working on the best story line for all my friends back home. So here goes:

"I just returned from Vail, Colorado ya know..... Well I hit the slopes one day after doing some on-line, youtube, video courses on skiing. Now don't be silly, I spend a LOT of time on these.

So as I got there, things were going well. I was just chillin' eating my cookie...

I don't know this snowboarding didn't seem all that exciting. So I strapped on the skiis and headed for some real excitement.

After this run down the mountain, I went inside and changed clothes......Hey - if you just did that, you'd have to change too.

And then....well.....those darn skiis just came flying off.

I did learn my lesson and decided to take up knitting! Honest, this Nana never tried knitting and from what I understand it's very rare to succumb to any serious injuries. Although my sister keeps yelling at me not to run with the knitting needles.

Suddenly (well in 4 days) this:

became this!

It's a start....and 10 more months before Christmas!

She totally denies that Bernie Sanders was in her car.

Yesterday's Dr. appointment was to cut off the hideous cast and remove stitches. Well when I saw my poor foot, I thought lividity had set in. UGH too much time at crime scenes. Anyway, it wasn't pretty. But the stitches were removed and now I am the happy wearer of Frankenstein's boot.

3 wonderful things: I can remove it for a shower, I can remove it while sleeping, and I can wear NORMAL clothes. No more sweatpants. Lets take a moment to think about taking a shower. I am not allowed to put weight on that foot for two more weeks. So this morning looked like an episode from "I Love Lucy". I get the water just right, open the curtain and put that right foot over the tub ..STOP! You can't put that foot down. Now I am straddling the tub and hopping on my good foot. I bring my foot back over, catch it on the side of the tub and stifle a scream. O.M.G. Pain! Finally I try again. This time, while kneeling on my sore leg, I step into the shower and straighten up. There was about 5 seconds of "oh this feels good" until I realized I have to take a shower standing like a flamingo.

I have to admit I do miss the doggies, and can't wait to see them. Does this sound familiar?

Meanwhile, Finn is waiting for me on the beach.

My bag is sorta packed. You know - the stage where the bathroom stuff is still in the bathroom, and the chances of zipping that thing closed is about nil. My clothes to wear tomorrow are layed out and I sit here WIDE awake.

I pity Denver airport when I arrive on crutches with a backpack, suitcase and folded walker. Not exactly begging for assistance, but I will have my best 'aren't I pitiful?' look.

Well I hope you are enjoying your weekend,

One step, hop, slide, at a time (whatever keeps you moving!),


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When I left you on the edge of your seats (I can at least pretend you were....) my flight was for 9:15 am on Monday the 15th. Before the evening on the 14th was even through, that flight was cancelled. I immediately got on line and saw there was a flight that was still available but it took me through Seattle. Even though I knew Seattle was having weather issues too, I booked it.

I was up bright (this is as bright as I get)

and early and on the early shuttle to the airport. Delayed and delayed. When I finally got to the agent at the counter, she booked me on United - straight through to Denver and leaving soon!

Soon I was on the plane and realized I had been booked 6 times on flights since Friday! And even better news? My brother-in-law was in Denver for the day and was able to pick me up! Woohoo.

Tuesday morning started with a pre-op visit to the Surgeon. All went well. Then my sister, Sue, and I tried to cram in everything we had planned to do all weekend into one day! And we almost succeeded. First we went into downtown Vail. I fall in love with Vail every time I go there. Let me show you a few pictures and you will understand.

The streets are heated!

The line for the ski lift!

Then to lunch at a German restaurant. My sister twisted my arm really hard and we shared: Glühwein Wäldertau. This is a hot mulled wine. Yes its as amazing as it sounds.

Then we share 2 appetizers that definitely could have been entrees. First, fondue:

Then Wurst with spicy mustard and a tiny pretzel.


This morning I had to be at Admissions at 6 a.m.! The anesthesia and the nerve block worked pretty well. I don't even remember going to the operating room. When I woke, I was told the Dr. had already come and talked to me and I answered him! No memory of either. Thank God I wasn't on a date!

I was fitted for crutches and a walker. Both look like they are made for children. I can't imagine why.... This was my only other option:

Back to my sister's house where I was waited on hand and foot! My Niece's children (would that make me a great-aunt?) loved helping me. Piper loved knocking on my door and asking if she could get me something and if I said "no", she would make suggestions. :) They also kept me company.

Piper and Bergen

Baby Pippa

OK this is the end of Episode 2. Don't forget I'm still under the influence of Oxycodone. :)

I look forward to taking....

One Step at a time.


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I decided to do a short mini-blog. You know like a mini-series you love to watch. So welcome to Episode 1 . The Wait

As you may know, I am having surgery on my ankle. I decided to have it done in Vail, Colorado where I have had other surgery and I really trust them. They will be repairing a tear in a tendon as well some repair to the cartilage.

Eww, I shouldn't have looked at that. Anyway, let's move on. My flight was for Saturday, the 13th from Portland to Denver. When we started hearing about an upcoming winter storm, I decided to leave on Friday and get to a hotel right near the airport. Amanda, Joe, and Finn volunteered to help me with last minute tasks with the animals. Note: Madeline didn't help at all. She acts so helpless at 11 months.

The last 45 minutes of my drive were definitely white knuckled, but I made it safe and sound. When I say I'm close to the airport......I mean it.

Saturday's flight was cancelled in the middle of the night. They wouldn't let me change on line - I had to contact an agent either by phone or at the airport. Two hours and 25 minutes later on hold, I was talking to an agent.

Because the airport was pretty much closed, there was nothing to do but get on the same flight on Sunday. Back to the hotel for another night. $$$$$ Within hours THAT flight was cancelled. OK this isn't fun anymore. Because of COVID, the restaurant is closed, so once I got tired of M&Ms out of the machine, (don't worry, I got the peanut M&Ms for the protein) I had to walk to the nearest hotel down the road for food. Turkey Club for the win.

It's now the 14th of February (Valentines' Day for you lovers out there) and I am so BORED. Ugh. I've watched Netflix, Hulu, Snowboarding competitions, the news, the weather. You get the idea.

I ventured out to my car to make sure it will start. The kids will be picking it up for me after I leave. It started immediately, but here is how the window looked when I rolled it down:

But I actually had a 'gift' today! Deep inside my backpack, I found this:

I'm sorta embarrassed to admit how happy this made me.

I have to show you Finn's Valentine class photo. He is front center. And look at that face. I melt every time.

I'm continuing to try to be positive. I've printed out my boarding pass and luggage tag and re-scheduled my shuttle from Denver to Vail. I have to get out tomorrow or I will be calling the Dr.'s office for further instructions. I know he will be upset.

So this episode ends with a cliffhanger. Will my flight go on time tomorrow? Will I make it in time for my surgery? Will I solve the murder ....... oh sorry, wrong episode.

Keep your fingers crossed for me folks. And of course...

One step at a time,


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