All About You (Krissie)

Photo on 11-9-15 at 10.30 AM I am now a symphony of colors. This has healed amazingly quickly, given how god-awful it was to begin with. I couldn’t wear my glasses for three days (the swelling was that bad — it was like a small mouse was in my eyelid) so I couldn’t do anything — I’m too blind without them.
The day didn’t start out that well either. I finally, after almost six months of waiting for various appointments, got to see the shoulder surgeon, and it turns out my shoulder bones are crumbling. I’m going to need a complete shoulder replacement, which is different than the usual shoulder surgeries people go through. The rotator cuff is fine, etc. It’s the bones that are bad. He doesn’t know how big a fake joint he’ll have to use — it’ll depend on how much the bone is crumbling (yeah, I keep using the word crumbling but it’s really a horrible image that I’m kinda stuck on). Latest that will be is the first of the year, but the good news is I can still type while I’m recovering! So vast relief there. I know there are surgeries where your arm is strapped to your side and you can’t use it for months and I was dreading something like that.
So I was a little shaken by that news, and someone was talking to me as I stepped out the door at my therapists, and wham! The funny thing is I hit a rubber planter — I face planted in a planter. Buckets of blood, zen-like calm from me. I get the stitches out later this week (I have to have them in longer because the cut was so deep). I’ve never had stitches when I’ve been awake (only during surgeries) so it was kinda gross, but very exciting. And I got three days off!
Okay, this week. (Swallow). I drive with my son to Reston, VA to spend the weekend with my grandchildren. Every time Tim has gone down alone it’s been a shitstorm, so I’m assuming my presence will calm things down a bit. We’ll stay at a hotel at the airport (which is near Erin) and just try to keep things mellow. But it means I’ll be trapped with Angry Boy for twelve hours down and twelve hours back, and when he’s upset he likes to pick at me. I’m going need my Al-anon program. And my tranquilizers.
So, mixed feelings about that, but I get to play with my grandkids (maybe even hold my granddaughter) so I guess it’s worth the anxiety.
And I’m going to write, of course. It’s going really well. My enforced break has probably screwed the pooch with NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) but I’m going to keep at it anyway. You never can tell.
And it looks as if Tim has got a plan. He’s got a Skype job interview on Wednesday, and if that goes well he’ll fly out to Lake Tahoe, where my niece lives, and work out there for the winter.
Spawn, the eldest, is doing great, has a full-time job with benefits now, and is incredibly happy. What more can you ask for your child?
(And yes, I should have said elder, not eldest, but Spawn the Elder sounds like a Danish king or something).
So busy times. I’m just waiting for everything to get settled. Please, God.
What’s on your agenda this week? Any possible shitstorms? Any great joys, like grandchildren? Hard work? Surgeries?
Or is it only my life that’s so exciting?

11 thoughts on “All About You (Krissie)

  1. Happy Monday! I’m glad you’re healing so well, Krissie. That was one hell of a scare. Enjoy your grandbabies, and safe travels.
    Yesterday, I had return clients come view my home for the second time. They spent over an hour here, and then nothing. I thought for sure they’d make an offer. Sigh. This selling a house (plus keeping it and the yard spotless) is wearing thin. More than the keeping it clean though is the feeling of uncertainty. I want to know what the universe has in store for me. I need to be settled. Ha ha.
    On the good side, I got the cover art for my Bachelor Island story. A sexy cowboy cover. *wink* I’ve put it on my blog if anyone is interested http://www.robenagrant.com

  2. Maine Betty says:

    So glad to hear that Spawn the Eldest is in a good place. Yikes about the surgery, here’s to March and more comfort.

    Remember this phrase for the drive down and up. “Do I need to stop this car?!!” It worked on us for thousands and thousands of miles.

  3. Office Wench Cherry says:

    I was going to say that too, Maine Betty. If Tim wants to act like a child and take his frustrations out on you, Krissie, treat him like one in the worst way possible. He is an adult and adults do not get to pick on or attack other people without consequences, even if that consequence is a car stopped on the side of the road. It’s one thing to express that frustration and anger, another to pick on you because of it. I realize that life has dealt him a not so great hand, but, well, life is not fair and the sooner a person learns to accept that the easier things are. I do wish him well on the Tahoe job.

    This week is more course work and getting the company books ready for year end. That last bit includes fixing a mistake I made last November and just saw on my year end paperwork. Argh.

  4. lynn says:

    This week’s local forecast calls for a 100% chance of shitstorms. Since a bunch of it is entirely out of my hands (up to the point where I have to actually empty my bank account, anyway), I am trying not to think about it too much.

    In terms of things I actually have some control over, I have a big project this week involving tons of meetings where I have to try to convince people about something that we completely, fundamentally, do not agree on. Which, now that I write it out, seems less controllable than I’d hoped. Today’s meeting was predictably nasty. My silver lining: even though the guy was being patronizing and a total dick, I didn’t give an inch and argued him into the ground. I guess if I can’t win, I can still be righteous. Although between you and me, I’d rather just win…at least we may eke out a procedural victory, where the issue gets delayed long enough to make a difference.

  5. Kathleen Gilles Seidel says:

    I am going to be out of town next weekend (my daughter’s engagement party), or I would come wisk you away from the family drama for an hour or os.

  6. Jill says:

    It does not make it any easier to deal with but when people are hurting they take it ot on the person they feel safest with, people who willl not abandon them even when they are are at their nastiest. Those are going to be long 12 hour drives. And your shoulder is going to be hell . But yay ! you get to see the grands.

    My plans to ride the Tail of the Dragon did not happen. #1 the batteries on both bikes died. #2 it rained on friday and more was predicted for Saturday. So Friday we drove to Atlanta to my sister’s. I do not have to leave until Friday. We have not had such quality time together in a very long time.

  7. Good luck with all of it, Krissie!

    I just got back from my first World Fantasy Convention where I met lots of great people and ate way too much good food. (If you’re going to be in Saratoga at any point, ask me for recommendations.) Of course, I’m now exhausted and have to get myself back into the writing groove anyway, but it was still worth it.

  8. JenniferNennifer says:

    Getting my boss out of town, then getting myself out of town. Thankfully next week I will be back and she will not, so it will be quiet.

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