Chaco Canyon ~ Keyhole door
**If you are ever in New Mexico, make Chaco a destination stop. Yes, the road sucks. Yes, it's out in the middle of nowhere. Still, it will amaze you. It is a very special place!
~~~~~~I have had this cast on for 18 days, and have 18 more to go before they remove it and x-ray my wrist to check for healing. This damn thing had better heal up, because I don't think I can take much more of it. It has forced me to "educate" my left hand, but it's no fun at all.
~eating....just you try to eat with your non-dominant hand. My husband and son watched me with fascination the first few times, and commented "You eat like a 3 year old!! ha ha"
~opening doors....I forget and am rewarded with pain when opening doors with my right. I suppose it doesn't like the twisting motion. I thought there wouldn't be any pain after I got the cast. Now why would I think that? Perhaps wishful thinking....
~washing dishes....I did finally try putting on the rubber gloves and washed dishes last night to give my husband a break from it. It worked out alright as long as the items weren't heavy.
~I simply cannot make the bed. What a pain in the ......
~people who ask me "What Happened To You??" 20+ times a day gets old. However, I know they are just curious and trying to be kind. My co-workers are probably as ready for for it as I am.
~I know it's disgusting to think about, but using the toilet is difficult too. I'll let you use your imagination.
~sleeping....if it weren't for the benadryl I've been taking, I probably wouldn't be sleeping much.
I have also been thinking about people who have lost limbs or are otherwise permanently lost the use of a limb.....I am humbled that they get through and do so well without it. I realize my "disability" is only temporary, and in no time at all I will be able to resume all my normal activities. I am not a patient person...I anticipate arriving early to the orthopaedist office and hopping from one foot to another.....
On the plus side, the semester is over. Ended with a B in Statistics, and an A in Forensic Anthropology. I'm not sure what I'm going to do in the fall. I have an appointment with the adviser on Monday. The problem is that there are very few classes available to me as a "non-traditional" student ~ in other words, most classes are 10:30-11:45 Mon, Wed, Fri. I simply can't take that class. I may have to switch to OSU, which offers an anthropology class online. The downside is that I won't be able to attend a real graduation ceremony, which is not really the point of education, but I sure was looking forward to one. I guess I'll find out on Monday where I should go from here.
Maybe I'll become an activist for non-traditional students in Albuquerque with UNM. Community colleges are very accomodating to us, but not the university.