I can sometimes be a bad influence on my sweet talented wife. Those of you who follow Penny's writing, you know I'm a major Dallas Cowboys fan. I was born in the Land of Enchantment in New Mexico but in 1972 my Dad moved the family to northeast Texas. Having grown up about 100 miles from Dallas, one cannot help but be caught up in the hoopla that is the Dallas Cowboys. Since we've been married, Penny has actually gained an interest in watching football. It also helps that the first family of football, the Mannings are from here as well as Mr. I'm retired/Maybe maybe not, I don't know, I think I can play again Favre.
A few years ago, NFL referee Phil Luckett made headlines all across the sports world by calling a coin toss wrong. For those of you non-football fans, before each game, the officials toss a coin for each team captain to choose heads or tails to choose which team gets the ball first. He thought he heard one thing and the player said another. Controversy was soon to follow.
Todays events made me recall Mr. Luckett's bad luck.
While in the bathroom, my beautiful wife took a hard fall. She slipped on the wet floor and fell face forward, hurting her right arm, shoulder and knee. She didn't break anything, but she is in a lot of pain. Her right arm has tendon and ligament damage, and she cannot lift or move that arm without hep. Both hands and wrists are sore. She is not able to type, but she can playing her jigsaw puzzle on the laptop.
Like the coin that is her namesake, Penny came up tails in this nasty fall, the second in as many weeks! All kidding aside, she will be okay...it will take time for the tendon and ligament damage to heal, allowing her full range of motion in her right arm. She is in bed now, arm and legs propped up and ice pack on her right arm. Her right knee retained the imprint of tile for more than 24 hours. It had a deep compression bruise from the previous fall, and this fall just put more injury on top of that first injury.
The Westie nurses are all crowded around her trying their best to absorb all of the hurts and pains. They will be working overtime to make sure Mama Penny gets better. Mackie is resting on her left shoulder, curled up near her head. Lilibeth is between Penny and me, and Elvis and Annie are snuggled at her feet. After her fall, her Uncle made a wooden "breakfast tray" for the bed so that Penny could prop up the laptop before her and check email and play her jigsaw puzzle with her left hand.
As I mentioned, she can only type with her left hand, but she can check email and this blog. I've mentioned to her that we could start doing podcasts until her hand, arm and shoulder heal. She is open to the idea, and with her news background, her voice is a natural. I think you all might enjoy "hearing" from her and I know she would enjoy doing it. We will see what can be done in the next few days. In the meantime, the weekend will be here tomorrow, and she can relax with the pups. Her hubby will make sure she has the care she needs.
Penny works hard, and she is used to deadlines. My biggest challenge in all of this is to make sure she gets the proper rest and doesn't fret about things. Thank goodness the housekeeper/cook for the Big House where Penny's mother and uncle live is feeling well enough to come back to work this coming Monday.
As you may recall by reading this blog, Miss Dollie was hit by a van in a Wal-mart parking lot a few months ago. Coincidentally, her right shoulder was hurt as well and we think it is her rotator cuff that was injured. She can barely lift her right arm so high. In her absence Penny and I have taken up the slack with doing the housework, cooking, cleaning, folding clothes, etc., for her mother and uncle.
Penny has also been helping her Uncle shell peas from the garden. I have been cooking supper the last few nights. Chicken tenders with white pepper gravy and country biscuits. MMMMMM good!
In the meantime, I'm taking care of my wounded wife. I gave her something earlier that I KNOW will take care of the pain......(((((((((((chocolate ice cream!))))))))))) LOL.
I will keep all of you apprised of her progress on the road back to recovery. I will also make sure she doesn't try her imitation coin toss again. Two falls is two weeks is too many!
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers that she will have a speedy recovery. There are urgent porcelain orders that cannot be finished without Penny's hands, especially her right arm and hand!