Blogging Can Be An Earth Day Dance of Words

Every so often before I start to blog, I look at the dashboard that measures which posts are the most widely viewed in a particular day or a particular week and I am amazed that certain posts such as Earth Day Musings are consistently popular. Is it the words that draw the audience? Dancing theContinue reading “Blogging Can Be An Earth Day Dance of Words”

Just Imagining Halloween

It’s almost October, and you know what that means…almost time for Halloween and maybe time to start thinking about this year’s costume if you plan to go partying. IF I am still stuck inside my clamshell ie Total Contact Orthosis Jacket (TCO) I can easily be 1) a Viking Queen clad in an armored vestContinue reading “Just Imagining Halloween”

The Patient Turtle

Today I feel like a turtle. I have this thick shell around my middle that seems heavier and increasingly awkward when I attempt to sit in a chair or roll over in bed. It’s a funny thing that now without the cervical collar, officially called a Miami J collar, which prevented me from turning orContinue reading “The Patient Turtle”

Let’s Have a Neck Brace Burning Party!

The cervical collar is toast. I hope. But the doctor says to keep it for now, in case my neck starts hurting. But for now I got to remove the accursed thing which rose up in the back to midway up my skull– a real challenge for my hair style. (Part of my hair inContinue reading “Let’s Have a Neck Brace Burning Party!”

Good News

Yesterday afternoon I learned that instead of having three avulsion fractures in my spine, I only have two! The one the hospital had initially diagnosed in the cervical area, is just a calcification not a fracture! So now I no longer have to tell anyone I broke my neck.The big goal I’m aiming for isContinue reading “Good News”

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

I’m going to start with a little Shakespeare: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. From Macbeth act 2, scene 2 Yes, sleep has been eluding me until I took someContinue reading “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”

Who Needs a Shower?

One of the highlights of my day, yesterday was getting my hair washed by stylist friend Anna at Regis in Annapolis. I can’t take a shower or a bath… only sponge baths. Just think how much water I’m so not wasting these days. Instead of having the pleasure of warm water beating down on myContinue reading “Who Needs a Shower?”

Nadja Walks to City Dock!

Today I reached another milestone, or maybe the correct description would be walked to another milestone. I walked, with my husband Peter of course, all the way downtown to City Dock Cafe for morning coffee. We left the house about 6:30 a.m. There weren’t too many people out. I noticed on our return that theContinue reading “Nadja Walks to City Dock!”

Navigating with Props

It was another tough night last night, trying to stay asleep for any period of time beyond an hour. I was diligent to take my Alleve an hour before attempting to go to bed, so theoretically I shouldn’t have been feeling so much pain but maybe part of the challenge of “living in a clamContinue reading “Navigating with Props”

Pain is Only a Four Letter Word

Pain is only a four letter word was my mantra last night as I tried to get back to sleep. “Stay in front of the pain,” cautioned my friend Eileen with her medical expertise, “Take your anti-inflamatories with commitment.” I was trying to stay on top of taking pills in advance of pain’s arrival butContinue reading “Pain is Only a Four Letter Word”

One Week later

This morning I wanted to yank the ever annoying cervical collar off my neck, or maybe instead gently unhook it, but subsequently throw it hard against the wall. That would be a totally unwise thing to do, however I know have a pretty good idea of what a dog must feel like when the vetContinue reading “One Week later”

Living in a Clamshell

Although I can hide it under my clothing, I am currently confined 24/7 to what is called a Total Contact Orthosis Jacket (TCO) which is specially designed to protect my spine while my broken vertebrae heal. In earlier times, accident victims were confined inside body casts, but with new modern materials, I get to wearContinue reading “Living in a Clamshell”

Overwhelmed with Positive Support

Thank you thank you everyone for your positive prayers and wishes for my speedy recovery. And thank you for all the beautiful flowers– I’m beginning to run out of display space. To my friends near and far, I don’t have a lot of news to report except that I am still taking short early morningContinue reading “Overwhelmed with Positive Support”

Shock Trauma Firsthand

I’ve always wanted to go on a helicopter ride, just not in a horizontal position! This past Sunday I went horseback riding on a narrow, steep trail and the horse lost his footing. I was thrown off and went flying in the air, and when I landed on the ground started to roll. Fortunately, ofContinue reading “Shock Trauma Firsthand”