For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Mar 28, 2013

Shades of Caddy Shack!

Warning: This video clip may be offensive to some.

I've always been in the habit of leaving things at the bottom of the stairs to be taken up when I go for something else rather than make multiple trips. Yesterday was no different. I got half way up the stairs and remembered that I had left a few laundered items that needed to be put away. I turned around and I slipped--I was in socks and the stairs are wood. Bad combo. I didn't fall all the way down the stairs, but my instinct made me grab the railing and I think I pulled every muscle from my neck to my feet. My back, of course got the worst of it.

It was physical therapy day, today, so after a sleepless night I got up in miserable pain. Part (most) of me really did not want to go, the other part said I had to go. So, I literally dragged myself. I had a hard time getting from the truck to the building and the pool. I felt like I was a hundred years old.

When I got in the pool to warm up, I was glad I had opted to push through the pain because the water felt so good. Fifteen minutes into the session, the lifeguard blew the whistle, oh, no! "Everyone Out of the Pool". The culprit? A little tiny boy on the other side of the pool--learning to swim.

The rule is no one allowed back in for 30 minutes after the pool is cleaned. Rather than wait, I decided to leave so I wouldn't ruin the therapist's schedule as she had another client after me. As I said good bye I told her that I knew what to do, from now on, if she hurts me. So, at least we got a laugh out of it. I was surprised that even just 15 minutes of the water made the walk back to the truck better. Must be that my muscles need loosening in the morning which is my worst pain time. They have promised the first afternoon appointment they have open, they'll give to me, but apparently everyone prefers the afternoon--probably because their pain is worse in the mornings, too.

Susan, my daughter, has been staying with me. Last weekend her appendix ruptured. She had emergency surgery and was in the hospital until Tuesday. She received excellent care at the hospital where she works--VIP treatment! Doctors and coworkers stopped in to see her--all wishing her well. Nice people. So that's where I spent most of my weekend. The surgeon told me that she was very stoic...tell me about it. 

She still has a drain in, but is hoping a post op visit to the doctor tomorrow will change that. So, it was scary and she dodged a bullet, as the doctor told her--appendix was actually in two pieces. She's amazing...she's off getting a haircut at the moment and has pretty much resumed activities with the exception of working out or anything strenuous. Amazing that someone who might have spent two weeks in the hospital with a big scar not that many years ago for the same thing, is out and about in less than a week.

I feel very badly because I didn't think it was anything serious because she didn't present with the usual symptoms. She really should have been in the emergency room a day earlier. By her demeanor, I would never have guessed that she anything other than a good old fashioned stomach ache. Susan has been a life saver since my surgery. She's done all my shopping, walked Jack, and countless other things to help.

I just discovered that I didn't move my Turbo Collage over to this new computer, and I can't start the old one up. Drat. So until I can replace it, I'm just going to put a few random pictures of my dear, Susan. Maybe if she reads one day, she'll know how much I appreciated her help.
DOH, I did move the application to this new computer.


  1. Oh my I had my heart in my throat when I read that you slipped on the stairs. Please please get some of those sox with the soles on the bottom to wear around the house. Glad to hear the water helped. What about a hot tub bath in the morning if the water relaxes your muscles? So glad to hear Susan is up and around all ready. She is a lovely lovely girl both inside and out. How proud you must be of her. I know what it is like to have a wonderful daughter. Nothing in the world is better.

  2. So glad Susan is doing well. That is a very scarey feeling to have emergency surgery.

    Hope your back, neck, arm, legs, etc. feels much better tomorrow.

  3. I'm with Sherry. My heart took a dive when you said you slipped on the stairs. I'm glad you were able to get yourself to the therapist and hang in there for a little while. And how scary for Susan and you. When it rains it pours. So happy to hear she is feeling so good. Love the new advances in medicine.

  4. Like the otheres I was holding my breath as I read on about you slipping on the steps. Its good that you pushed yourself to go and get in that nice warm pool.
    Yes These days things can go much better Happy to hear Susan is up and about and feeling well.

  5. Thanks, everyone. Careless of me. I know better. I have less pain, today--being a couch potato. All this is getting SO old. Susan did get the drain out, and is doing very nicely. She goes back to work on Monday, but for the next two weeks she has to monitor her temperature carefully and continue on antibiotics. Again, thanks for stopping by.

  6. yes... as with the others! my Mother wore dressy kind of shoes forever ... when she finally realized how easily she fell... she wore nothing but sneakers. BUT she still wore her stockings... lol? she was something else...

    Bless your Susan.... so wonderful and her appendix? good lord.

    glad everything's okay...


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