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StonedSo, I haven’t been a whole lot of public about this, but blogging is going to slow down significantly in the next couple of weeks.

After a few years of stepping on a crack, turning my ankle, falling on my face, icing the sprain, hobbling around, wash, rinse, repeat, I’m finally getting my ankle fixed. The surgery is tomorrow. They’re basically going to tighten the ligament that holds my ankle together, since it apparently resembles an elastic from a pair of trousers that’s older than my dad, and no longer does what it’s supposed to do. I’m told I’ll be on crutches for about a month – just in time to travel to Ft. Sill for Danny’s Basic Training graduation next month.

What that also means is that at least for a couple of weeks, I’m not going to be in the mood to blog, and if I do blog, it will either be ragey or nonsensical. I’m a pain wuss, and I may be doing a whole lot of lying around on drugs. Of course, I’ll have more time on my hands after the initial few days where I’ll be stoned on all kinds of painkillers, but I imagine some pretty entertaining stuff will pop up on here every so often!

Try to enjoy it, and don’t expect it to make much sense. Leaving me alone with painkillers, a laptop, and a bunch of free time could spell disaster! It could also be funny… in a clown-in-a-woodchipper sort of way.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

29 responses

  1. Hope things go well and you heal up quickly, Nikki!

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    1. Thank you! Me too. I’m just sitting here imagining what kind of blog posts would come out of me stoned!

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      1. Inhibitions down: Calm, expletive free? [grin]

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        1. Good God I hope not.

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        2. Well, THAT ain’t happenin! LOL

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  2. Take it easy, you will want to be better for Danny’s graduation. They put you on cheap bleachers, in the sun, and it will probably be hot – Oklahoma is not noted for mild August or September temperatures. You could get lucky. It might rain and they might do it indoors.

    I look forward to your entertaining posts. A good time will be had by all🙂

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    1. Yeah… can’t wait for that! It’s going to suck. I’m going to ask for a walking boot type thing before the trip. We’ll see what the doctor says. Walking around airports with crutches is going to suck a lot.

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  3. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    Take Care.

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  4. I feel for you, Nicki. I got thrown by a horse when I was 10, broke my left arm, and had to go to the hospital and stay overnight. I missed ‘Ulysses’, the version with Kirk Douglas in a tunic (great legs on that man!), but I did get to see Gregory Peck’s rather wooden performance as Captain Ahab (‘From Hell’s heart I stab at thee!!!’) in ‘Moby Dick’. Not allowed to play with the other kids at recess and had only one hand to use at lunchtime. But both of my grandmothers sent me money, so it balanced things out.

    Just make the most of it. Slack out on the couch, watch bad movies, eat food you would never eat because no one wants to be a chunky girl – live it up! You can watch the political (lack of) news with turn sound turned down so that you can say rude things that go with the way politicians flap their jaws. Enjoy your time off. You deserve it now and then. And when you go to the Redhead’s graduation, make the most of that bum foot so that you can get a seat on the bottom row of bleachers.

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    1. LOL! That’s my plan. All of the above and lots of good drugs! W00T!

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      1. Shannon Skerrett

        Especially the good drugs part. I had throat surgery in 2005 and had to relearn how to swallow, but the drugs got me through. Good luck!

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    2. ‘From Hell’s heart I stab at thee!!!’

      Wait, that wasn’t Ricardo Montalban when he saw they’d dyed his hair white?

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      1. Originally, it was Melville’s vengeance speech by Captain Ahab. In the original “Moby Dick” movie with Gregory Peck, who actually did stump around on a wooden peg leg, Ahab got caught in the rope of his own harpoon and was unable to get loose, so he used his ‘special harpoon’ (bathed in St. Elmo’s Fire in the movie) to try to kill the white whale, shouting ‘For Hate’s sake, I spit at thee! From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee!’.
        Khan (Montalban) was a genetically modified supergenius (Space Seed, Classic Trek) who had tried to take over the world, was defeated and taken prisoner and exiled in cryo into space on the Botany Bay, and had a voracious appetite for literature. I have wondered what Montalban would have been like if he had been offered the part of Ahab in a really good remake of ‘Moby Dick’.

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        1. I wonder if your leg came off when I pulled it.

          I figured “Khan’s” line had come from somewhere; I just didn’t realize (till your original comment) where it was.

          I remember when Montalban died; he was praised for being a very good actor…and knowing that the right thing to do when playing alongside Shatner, was to ham it up in spite of that.

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  5. If you fly into Oklahoma City, you can rent a car and drive down to Fort Sill in about 1.5 hours. Turnpike all the way. I volunteer at the Information/Travelers’ Aid desk some evenings. Let me know the time and day you’ll be arriving and I’ll arrange to be on duty at that time and give you some tips on places to eat, etc. There are 6 baggage retrieval areas and my desk is across from number 4 which is used by American Airlines. Number 1 is used by Delta, #2 by Allegiant, #3 by Southwest, #5 by Alaska Airlines and #6 by United.

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    1. We had planned to do exactly that. We’re only going for a couple of days, so we aren’t doing luggage. Just a couple of backpacks, I think! We’re flying in the evening of the 24th.🙂

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  6. Looking forward to it!😀

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    1. Nicki – You’ll need to come downstairs to the baggage claim area in order to get to the car rental facility. 3 months ago, all the rental agencies were relocated to a central facility which is about 1 mile north of the terminal. You’ll take a large, blue bus to get there (free of charge). It’ll also bring you back to the terminal when you go home. You’ll board that bus from the passenger pick-up area.

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  7. Well…here’s to solving a long-time problem! Good luck!

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  8. You’re ex-army and a pain wuss? Hard to believe, but I guess stranger things have happened.
    Hope things go well inside your ankle and thanks for serving!

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    1. Stranger yet, knowing just how messed up I got in the Army! Ten days before BCT graduation, I fell off a confidence course and busted my knee, which required ACL/MCL/meniscus repair! Had a bunch of other surgeries too!

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  9. I understand you will get much advice on your recovery. The best piece of advice I got after shoulder, and then knee surgery, was instead of using an ice bag, use the device that circulates ice water through a pad that wraps around the ankle.

    Best to you and Nurse Rob.

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  10. I think you’ll get over using the opiode pain killers pretty quickly…I know I did after breaking my hip and having emergency surgery.

    They gave me Demoral and after a couple of days of that, I switched over to an INSAID over the counter medication. The Demoral made me wake up in the middle of the night bawling my eyes out for no particular reason. Plus its very easy to get hooked on those kinds of pain killers.

    Good luck with your surgery and congratulations to Danny.

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  11. Good luck with your procedure, Nicki. And I for one am looking forward to seeing if you can come up with some new dirty words while you’re under the influence.🙂

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  12. RetMSgt in Pa.

    Welcome to growing older. It includes not bouncing back as quickly, taking longer to heal, and a few other things. Been there, done that with the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up.” Spiral fracture, lower leg, the only thing that stopped to bone from punching through my skin was the fact that my combat boots were properly laced tightly.

    Now you know Rule No. 1 – Don’t fall down!

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  13. As they say on the Great White Way…break a leg. Or not,

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  14. 40 plus years ago I spent 8 weeks at Ft. Sill, learning to be a cannon cocker.
    Good luck with your surgery and congrats to your boy.

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  15. Best wishes and even better chemistry to you. Snapped my left Achilles tendon in my early forties. Spent seven weeks with my foot pointed down in a non-walking leg cast. When the cast finally came off, carpeted floor felt like a gravel parking lot on the bottom of my foot. First day was painful, but after that, recovery improved at a gratifying rate. Hope it does for you as well.
    Meanwhile, rent the movie “Ladyhawke”. Pay close attention to the end when Navarre (Rutger Hauer) pegs the evil bishop to his throne. Practice that with your crutches. None will dare deny you.

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