Mid-October, I had a bad fall

Falling isn’t fun. The older you get, the less fun it is. It’s downright scary!

So I have these wonderful Stegmann wool clogs, the best slippers ever. Not too warm, not to cool, have decent arch support and I can wear them with or without socks. They aren’t cheap, but totally worth it for sheer comfort. And I can also step outside in them at need with no worries.

Eventually, as I wear them non-stop at home, they wear out. The uppers part from the bottoms and my old pair was quite bad and I worried about tripping and falling in them. So I bought a brand new pair off eBay for about half price.

One night, just after starting to wear the new slippers, I guess I wasn’t quite used to the feel of them yet  and yep, I tripped and fell. DOH! Just what I was hoping to avoid by buying a new pair! Sometimes brand new footwear is trickier than old, comfy shoes!

I was in the basement attempting to bring two gallon jugs of water up, distilled for my bedroom humidifier, spring water for my lovely ceramic ThirstyCat fountain. Fell with both arms outstretched. Came down hard on my knees, banged them up bad, sprained both thumbs and my right hand and FRACTURED both wrists. Busted one of the water jugs….

Could have been worse. Didn’t injure my head, didn’t bust a kneecap. Life without thumbs is, um, really difficult!

I couldn’t hold things, vacuum, mop, clean, open jars, pick up my cats, clean their boxes, drive or do much of anything really. I just sat on the sofa and watched movies a lot to distract me from pain.

Neither fracture got diagnosed quickly. For both wrists, X-rays showed nothing untoward. I had to go get a second opinion and a CT scan before the right wrist ended up in a cast. And then there was considerable delay getting a CT scan approved by insurance for the left wrist. A rather sad statement about insurance and current health care is that the bone in my left wrist had actually healed on its own before the fracture was ever diagnosed!

I’m in physical therapy now and my wrists remain somewhat painful, but I hope eventually that will fade. My therapist gives me a half ton of exercises and stretches to do, which isn’t fun, but I have gotten a lot of my range of motion back. We are working on strengthening and getting my wrist joints used to taking some compression again.

I’m able to type, but a little goes a very long way at the moment. I may have to get some sales going in the near future when the weather clears. Medical bills arriving … and the government shutdown business affects us.


What’s a gal to blog about?

Before anyone goes and subscribes, I thought you might want to know what sort of things I might write about.

Anything. Everything. But hopefully neither too much or too little!

One thing I’d like to do is post pictures of previously sold figurines along with whatever information I remember about the piece. I have a lot of old pictures kicking around on the computer. I might not remember a thing, but no one objects to eye candy, right? If anyone has further knowledge about a particular sculpture and comments, then we all learn!

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How I’m Doing: Part 2

In part 1, it was my knees keeping me away from live showing. But as the commercial says, but wait, that’s not all!

Getting to live shows is becoming a problem. I suffer from dry eyes. I guess I’m not the only one, the shelves at Wal-Mart are chock full of various eye drops. So many that I actually took a picture of the exact one I use so I can remember what to buy. My smart phone *is* my memory these days!

My eye doctor has me on artificial tears, anti-inflammatory eye drops, fish oils, a heated mask followed by a massage of my lower eyelids and a humidifier going in my bedroom. None of which is really solving the problem. I am putting drops in my eyes so darn often it looks like I’m crying half the time! Continue reading “How I’m Doing: Part 2”

How I’m Doing: Part 1

As I’ve not been terribly active in the model horse hobby in recent years, I thought people might like to know what’s up. I still have my collection, but add new pieces infrequently.

2015 Horsing Around 'Sioux' in OF bay roan
A new Mustang gelding from Horsing Around

As I collect fewer figurines, I’ve switched to hunting for horse books from my childhood or books I might have loved reading as a child if I’d had access! I clearly missed out on a lot of great horse stories over the years.

An array of 4 horse fiction books by Vian Smith, Patsey Gray, Sam Savitt and Dorothy Lyons.
From my ‘to be read’ list…

This whole nostalgia reading kick means you may see various horse books for sale in addition to figurines, as I read and resell.

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