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post #111 of 306 Old 09-26-2012, 10:44 PM
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ouch you did it good!! Hope you don't have to wait to long to get things fixed.Speedy recovery wishes coming your way
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post #112 of 306 Old 09-26-2012, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tired after the day. Slept fine, son woke up and joined me on the sofa at 5:00, he's being very gentle with my arm Aaah :)

So, coped through the day being tough and capable, took lots of painkillers and anti-inflammatory. Got a bit weepy when 10:00 passed and the hospital hadn't called me in to have pins put in - but this was mostly due to having starved myself up to then in case they did call! After food, went out into sunshine and felt so much better! It takes a broken arm to make me sunbathe by my stables

Son had his first (ice) skating lesson today. He fell over so many times! He's soo tough. I just wanted to swoop in there and pick him up - guess that's why the parents are put in the balcony

Now exhausted. Parents arrive tomorrow. Wish I wasn't broken for them!

Thank you for all the well-wishes. Much appreciated.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #113 of 306 Old 09-27-2012, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaylin View Post
Nice commenting, but I've some issue about it. Actually, I'm not
sure to share it or not. So, first I'll discuss it with some friend. :)
so what exactly is reason for this post then other than stirring the pot for some kinda of reaction
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post #114 of 306 Old 09-27-2012, 02:21 PM
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Oh no, I am sorry to hear about your arm!! Hopefully you get the call soon and things get fixed up!!!!

Hope your parents visit goes well!

Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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post #115 of 306 Old 09-29-2012, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Quarter to 1 in the morning and just had my drink confiscated by the nurse ready for surgery today. Yesterday I starved and endured a cotton-wool mouth until 4:00 when they broke it gently to me that mysurgeryhadbeen cancelled.....cue Shropshirerosie bursting into tears!

But nice surgeon has me listed for 11:00 today, and then if I am good, and super brave about the pain they'll let me go home in the afternoon

My poor parents got to see me for 20 minutes on Thursday before I left for hospital!

The nurses are lovely, and my room-mate is fab plus there's lots of Morphine to be had- not a bad place to spend 48 hours

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post #116 of 306 Old 10-07-2012, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Left handed typing is slow, and parents have been here. I've been keeping them busy with life on an acreage with one-armed daughter

They return home tomorrow, I will be very sorry to see them go, but also will be able to plan next few weeks of re-hab, living and groundwork for the boys.

So this is just a quick check-in to say "Hi I'm still alive, and will return"

(Cool, it's a one-armed wavy icon. How apt)
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post #117 of 306 Old 10-09-2012, 12:29 PM
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Hope you mend soon, its such a shame you've had to experience this especially at this time of year with the dreaded white stuff just around the corner
Just noticed you are dealing with the driving thing too. I remember that, still get it wrong coming off car parks sometimes and I have to think hard when crossing the road on foot for some reason
Our english horses took a while to get used to riding on the wrong side too - funny how you dont think about things like that
Take care
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post #118 of 306 Old 10-09-2012, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
This is an experiment. Will I continue this blog? Will anyone read it? Do I care about the latter? Only time will tell, and perhaps if I do continue to create on here then at the very least I can look back (probably in embarrassment) at my past.

In 41 days my son and I fly to Edmonton where my husband will collect us at the airport and drive to our new home. Home will be an address with more numbers than letters in it, surrounded by fields and a big blue sky. All our furniture will be there, looking uncomfortable and self-conscious in it's aged English-ness. Most of it will be in the wrong place and I will spend some considerable time moving it when I have found that time. The day after our arrival, our dogs will arrive. They will smell of shaggy-dog having been in kennels for two weeks prior. I don't think they will have minded the flight over, but we may never know.

Then we will all go into a low level state of shock. New country. New culture. Where's the Supermarket? What does a Coyote look like? Where's my potato peeler? I will take son to swimming lessons at the local leisure centre; I expect they teach the same swimming strokes the world over. Son will want to make friends, more important than anything to a six year old. He will have his seventh birthday in a country where he knows no-one but his parents. Deep breath! A mother's fear for the well being of her child looms large!

We will settle in. Meet the neighbours. I will buy a horse. Or two. I will get used to driving on the right, and I will master driving a tractor (yippee!). Life will continue, and I am absolutely determined that through my best efforts we will be okay.
Woot! neigbors!

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post #119 of 306 Old 10-14-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, let's see how many iPad auto-correct wierd typing my left hand generates today....

The arm is much less painful than it has been. I am almost off the "so strong and addictive the doctor takes your prescription seriously" ones, and now on the all-purpose Tylenol ones. Plus of course anti inflammatories. I'm still rattling really. I go to see the surgeon on Thursday for x-ray and consultation. I do hope he doesn't frown, peer at the x-ray, and tell me that I'm healing crooked. If all's well, then I think I keep the sling on for another 4 weeks, but have physio to start the muscles working again. It is all divine justice for waving two arms in the air at Husband for six months after he dislocated his shoulder.

Luckily the truck is automatic with the D - N - R stick on the steering wheel so I can drive.

Son and his friend L are currently running around the house battling Romans and ancient Britons - I think it's fair to say that this game is directed by and starring Son. This is our third friend to visit. Friend 1 I was so nervous of me and my accent that he didn't eat anything, just gazed at me like a rabbit. Friend 2 J was super polite and wants Alfred to teach him to ride a horse. Friend 3 L today looks like an angel, but is currently cutting the heads off the prisoners in their game. Still about 4 more boys from his class left to invite. I have no idea which one will become a favourite. Apparently L's mum rides, so I'll be aiming at her!

The snow has gone; it just came, showed us what it looks like, then melted again. Currently beautiful blue sky, sunny Autumn weather. Or should that be Fall weather. My big bales of hay are stuck in the field until the canola is cleared off the field behind (the logistics of getting them in). I should have had small bales which I can get in myself, but small baler broke at the last moment..... Doh.

Husband did discover that his car doesn't have any traction in the snow at all so he has gone off today to part ex it for a 4wd. So much for the usual 4 months choosing which car to buy - this is a bit of a distress purchase. His employer pays for his fuel, so I believe he is considering a 5 litre petrol beast..... The environment doesn't really get a look in round here!

My neighbour A and I went shopping at WEM this week - I needed some front fastening bras (you try putting a bra on one handed.....) so she took me to the nice lingerie shops. And I introduced her to the delights of Lush products, and Sushi for lunch. That was the day it was sleeting then snowing - our gravel road has unique properties in very dusty weather, or very wet weather. In both instances it turns into a skid track so we skidded our way home. It's only gravel for our block - the rest of the journey was fine. On the radio they don't talk about rain so much as precipitation. I have no idea why, maybe it's because the have it so rarely, they feel it needs a posh name. Anyway, on the radio in the morning they don't give a weather forecast so much as a clothes forecast - "today it will be sunny with a 40% chance of precipitation at 4:00. Low of -2 overnight, high of 6 in the day. So take a light raincoat for when you leave the office". It certainly helps me when I'm working out what to put out for Son for school.

And next week I'm going with friend H to an exercise class - I am her conscience and motivator because she doesn't like to exercise but wants to. We're going to the class for 'seniors' so I know I'll be able to do it even with an arm in a sling! I've been temporarily sacked from the Hot Lunch Volunteer duty at the school as a one armed lady is no help at all.

I am however being sucked in to be a committee member of the school foundation (parent fundraiser body). All I did was turn up to one meeting! As always, the number of people who buy tickets is large, but the number of parents who'll take part in organising is small. L's mum (she who rides) is Chair so I think it's inevitable that I'll be dragged in. I think she wants me to organise a social fundraiser at the waterpark.. An evening at the indoor beach in February - sounds like fun!

Went to a tack sale this morning - more western saddles and rhineston than you can imagine in one place. I bought a breastplate with a small amount of tasteful tooling (leather carving) for Riley.

The boys are enjoying a long settling in period due to my arm. I have mastered one-armed head collar putting-on and am doing a little bit of groundwork with them both. I think the biggest issue is going to be taking one away from the other....need a third! Yesterday I received a hot lead about who to talk to about children's ponies. There's a western kids gymkhana place near to us apparently. Mounted games Western style:)

That's a big update - my left hand is multi-talented
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post #120 of 306 Old 10-14-2012, 11:51 PM
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Thanks for the update! I always enjoy reading your thoughts and impressions.

Regarding the weather, the term precipitation covers most of what could potentially fall from the sky in one day. This includes rain, snow, sleet, hail and snail ( a mix of snow and hail, or large, rather hard snowflakes that plink when they hit the ground). Fall is usually pretty nice in this part of the world, but starting about now, we learn to be prepared for anything. I should warn you that while the daily weather forcast is an important tool to help you select your daily wardrobe, it is not terribly reliable. It could be warm and sunny enough to wear shorts and a short sleeved shirt, or it could be cold with blizzard conditions. It can also switch from one to the other in a very short period of time. I recall on one Bermuda shorts day at university, it was warm and sunny, making us all grateful we could wear shorts to class. By the end of my two and a half hour chemistry lecture, the temperatures had plummeted some 20 degrees and it began snowing.

As for driving on those gravel side roads, that is a form of sport in this neck of the woods. Once you have your first winter under your belt, you will become an expert at carefully planned skids where you can park sideways in your driveway without even spinning a tire. This also works especially well in icy parking lots provided there a no other cars around to disrupt your momentum.

I am glad all is going well and wish you a speedy recovery.
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