Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Changes, Changes, Everywhere

Before I say anything else, let me apologize. I said I would be available for a write-a-thon tomorrow evening, but I was mistaken. I will not be home until well after the write-a-thon will have started, so for this week only, I am switching it to Friday night. For those of you who already made plans, I apologize I won't be able to join you, but go ahead and do it and feel free to comment on the end of this post what time you start and how much you write or even ask for someone else to write with. You can use me. I don't mind. :)

So, do you guys remember when I fell and killed my ankle just before Christmas? Did I blog about that? I can't remember. Anyway, I got a mega sprained ankle and fractured my fifth metatarsal (yes, I DO know what that is. Do you? lol) I've been in and out of a variety of ankle supports since. First an ankle brace made out of plastic and air pillows, then a compression bandage and splint, a Frankenstein sized boot, a store bought brace, and finally a big, black, velcro and metal boot that actually fits my foot.

Two weeks ago I went back to the podiatrist and told him my foot still hurt. I did this little tumble act three days before Christmas, so I should have been pain free by then, but no, I was still in pain. The doc told me to get an MRI so they could see what tissue damage may have been done since the x-ray showed the bone was all healed. So last Wednesday I went and had my very first MRI. It was interesting, to say the least. I thought they would put me all the way down the tube, but evidently they didn't need to, so I laid on the table for about forty minutes with this big machine vibrating and screaming at different frequencies, and I read Kimberly Job's book I'll Know You by Heart.

Well, today I went in to the podiatrist again and got the results of my MRI. Evidently I have a couple of bone bruises, a possible chipped bone, and two torn ligaments. Yeah, no wonder I've been hurting! The good news is, I finally know what's wrong. The bad news is, I'm going to have to have surgery, and depending on what the scoping tells them about the possible bone chip, I may be on crutches for six weeks. I'll definitely be in a cast for six weeks.

Thank goodness I'm waiting to have it done until after I come back from my book tour! Can you imagine being in and out of the airport every other day, doing school visits, book signings, firesides, and media interviews on CRUTCHES??? No, I don't think so. Well, I'm sure you can imagine it, but I'm not doing it!

So, if you happen to see me somewhere in June or July at a book signing, be sure and take a moment to sign my cast! It is certainly one way to make the experience memorable.

Quote of the Day: "If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."
~Anais Nin


Jen said...

If I'm near you and can visit I will surely sign your cast for you!!!!

L.T. Elliot said...

Surgery! No! Oh, Karen, I'm so sorry. I hate that you're still hurting. =[ Is there anything I can do for you?

Karen Hoover said...

Ack! Laura, I should have called to tell you. I'm sorry. I'm so tired today my head is full of sand. It doesn't hurt much unless I'm walking around without the boot for a length of time. My OTHER foot actually hurts worse at the moment since I don't have any thick, chunky shoes to balance out the height the boot gives me. lol

Carolyn V. said...

I'm so sorry Karen! What an awful thing to happen. And you are still in pain since Christmas? Ouch! I hope it gets better really soon. =)

Anonymous said...

Boo! Hiss! (Not you, the surgery.) Boo!

Kimberly Job said...

Thanks for the mention. Hopefully the book kept you occupied.

Sorry to hear about the surgery. No fun!

giddymomof6 said...

Ack! It never ends, does it? You're amazing! At least this will be one of those awesome author stories to tell later on...

"Oh, let me tell you about my first book tour..." Lol!

Good luck!

Shanda said...

Oh my goodness Karen! I'm glad you finally know what's wrong, but I'm sorry you have to have surgery. I'll have to watch for the chance to come and sign your cast (if you'll sign my copy of The Sapphire Flute, that is) :).