HOW GRATEFUL I WAS for the super lady who owns our local shipping office. Instead of the usual $1 per page to fax documents, she helped me run the whole packet and confirmed that it was sent for me and blessed me with a $12.50 bill!!!!!!!!!!!!! She told me that if any of my receipts from her store had faded she would look them up in her files and make me new documents. I wrote her a thank you note and left it on her desk after she left the store.
|Assembling our documents...like doing 5 adoptions all at once!|
The heat really was getting to be more than we could keep up with however so in anticipation of resolution , we took out a loan and bought a new AC system, which went in on Wednesday and Thursday...just in time for the temperatures to hit 112-114 five days in a row!! I am trusting that we are completed in time for the first payment on the loan coz it's a DOOOOOZY! We DO need the tax refund for the AC unit; we just felt we could not wait until the end of August (the projected date of our return IF IRS "likes" all that I sent them)...so, we DO have a comfortable house, our Audit is submitted and life was going to be relaxing over the weekend, right? ( I spent ALL day July 4th in the house with the audit docs while my family was out at the lake at our rented camp site) . NO. Thursday night, babysitting Charlie, Mady and Blake for Hannah and Jon, I volunteered to walk Sugar for Charlie. I picked up her reins and I "think" touched her cheek and caused her to think I was ready for her to walk. NO. She picked up her big foot and stepped on MY foot, my right big toe to be exact, squarely on my toe and somewhat on the rest of my toes. I know I shouted, realized it was hurt pretty badly, but kept enough presence of mind to grab Charlie from off of Sugar's back lest she think she should take off in trot-run..which had happened earlier that morning with 6 year old Mady on her back. NEITHER incident was Sugar's fault at ALL. With Mady, Sugar didn't realize that Mady didn't have the reins in hand, felt enough of a side kick to think she'd been told to go, and took off. Naomi and Mady had been running the horses in and out of the back yard all day so this was an expected reaction at that point in the routine. Thankfully, even though Sugar took off in full barrel race speed, Mady hung on to the saddle horn and didn't let go . Sugar took several laps around the pond, the barn and the pond again before racing around the barn one more time, bumping into the corner of the barn and causing her to stop and Mady to get off. i was right there when this happened so grabbed Charlie from Isaac and sent him to go help Mady. OYE! I prayed over her so fervently as he (and Sugar ) ran! Brave kiddo that she is, with a little urging from the Gi-Gi, (that's me) Mady got back on Sugar and Isaac led them back to the porch from whence they had started. With my foot, Sugar just didn't know I was in the spot she was starting out for OR that I was not wearing my Ariat boots or that her foot could cause my foot extreme injury. Shortly after I left my shoe in the yard and hobbled to the bathtub to rinse my toe and assess the damage, Hannah and Jon arrived for the children and Hannah heard the Tale of Sugar and Mamma. Unsqueamish as her Mamma, she looked it over , saw that it was "pretty awful' and took me tot he ER. WHEW!!! I graded this as "not as bad as passing a gall stone but worse than having a baby" and was so thankful that when the ER doctor starting injecting anesthesia into my toe that he hit a nerve quickly and before he was even done injecting I was no longer in pain. Two + hours later I returned home and Hannah went to sleep. I was taking off the immobilizer boot they'd given me and realized that my foot was bleeding far more than I'd been told to expect so after a call to the ER to confirm, had Jael take me back to the ER. THIS TIME they realized that my injury was not "just " the shattered bones in my toe that were so easily visible in the X-rays, but that the arteries and veins in my toe were also torn and not clotting off. 15 stitches later in my nail bed, the bone was no longer visible and the bleeding had pretty much been stopped. We did NOT take photos although the unsqueamish and medically curious nature of my daughters and myself made it pretty tempting! The stitches will not come out for two weeks, and I see an orthopedic specialist tomorrow morning. Don't know what he can tell me other than "elevate your foot, ice it and take Motrin" . I was given IV antibiotics as well as oral follow-up meds because of the injury and exposure of the bone and the increased risk of bone infection, and also some pretty heavy duty pain meds. I am totally allergic to Codeine so the next tier drugs down have to do. This stuff made me so loopy and sea-sick, I decided discomfort was better and returned to Motrin. I could not put a sentence together but was acutely aware of the fact. THAT was so frustrating, much to the amusement of my family since I am usually the uber articulate one. It was fun at my temporary expense, to have the verbal "upper hand" for a change. I was not sorry to cut that game a bit short!! All this to say I am even more thankful that we got the AC put in because I am on very limited weight bearing restriction. Saturday Hannah and my dear friend Jenny took me grocery shopping since I kind of missed that on Friday. Hannah pushed a Walmart wheel chair for me and as I directed Jenny and Hannah pulled my week's shopping needs off the shelves in what seemed to me, record breaking time!!! I knew my dressing needed to be changed so Hannah volunteered to to that chore as well. Sweet Charlie -man, not to be left out or without an opportunity to help, picked up a pair of pliers an older boy /man person had left out and preceded to "help". As she cut the dressing off, Charlie pinched the toes on my other foot.
|Every time Charlie sees a camera he says "cheese" even when doing toe surgery!|
|Mady and Sugar, Naomi and Lucky and Thunder, Sugar's colt, get ready for a ride|
|This is what I saw most of the day on Thursday...girls and horses heading out the gate!|
|and off they go!!!|
|And here she comes !|
|Taking a rest for a little while. These girls don't look like they know its 112 degrees out!|
|Madyson petting Thunder|