I am definitely giving thanks, even more than usual, this week. You see, last week was sort of a bad week for me, but thanks be to God, all is well that ends well, and this week is a great ending to last week’s traumas.
It all started on Tuesday of last week when my 7 year-old grandson cut off the tip of his finger in the hinged side of an industrial door at school. The bone and nerves were severed, and the first doctor said it would have to be completely amputated. It was attached by a small piece of skin on the back of his finger. (That may be more information than you wanted, but I had to live through it, so I’m going to make you have to read about it!)
A second doctor came in and told us that, since he was young and would heal quickly, we could try to reattach the tip, but that it might reject, and he might have to end up amputating it anyway. He sewed it back on, and we waited to see what would happen.
On Friday, I went to an estate sale. I tripped over a concrete curb (concealed by overgrown monkey grass). By Friday afternoon, I couldn’t bend my fingers on my right hand, and the back of my hand had begun to swell. It was a holiday (Veteran’s Day), and my family doctor’s office was closed. So was our local Orthopedic Clinic. My husband was at hunting camp, so all alone, and feeling a little sorry for myself, I iced it all night and waited to see what would happen. The next morning, there was a mountain on the back of my hand, so I decided to head to the E.R. at our hospital. Following x-rays, the ER doctor diagnosed two fractured bones in my hand. She put a splint on it, telling me it was too swollen for a cast and told me to see a doctor Monday.
My first thought was that we host 30 family members for Thanksgiving dinner and for Christmas Eve dinner. (Don’t tell my husband that was my first thought, because I am the only secretary in his law office-which was, of course, his first thought). I was worried about cooking and tablescaping, and he was worried about typing at his office.
I had to wait until Tuesday afternoon for an appointment (which happened to be with the same doctor, on the same day, and time that our grandson’s finger was going to be rechecked. The doctor removed my brace, checked my x-rays and informed me that he saw no broken bones, but a lot of nerve damage. With exercise of my hand and fingers, I should regain full use (with a little weakness) of my right hand. The news was followed by a huge sigh of relief, and a prayer of thanks be to God from me. My hand is already much better, although I can’t completely bend my fingers, and I have almost no strength in it.
The doctor invited me to follow him to the examination room where my daughter was waiting with my grandson. He removed the metal protecting cover and bandaging from my grandson’s finger, and pronounced that blood was getting to the tip of his finger, and he was showing no signs of rejecting it! The news was followed by a huge sigh from me and my daughter and prayers of thanks be to God.
We were still rejoicing when my grandson asked the doctor when he would stop growing hair on his finger. It took a minute for the doctor to realize that he was talking about the black stitches, which circle his finger. The doctor said that, since his finger was doing so well, he could probably take the stitches out right after Thanksgiving instead of leaving them in for almost a month as had been expected.
(Salad Plates: Thanksgiving by Queens; Dinner Plates: Apple Blossom by Ridgways England)
I recently had the luck of winning two blog giveaways! Both giveaways were perfect items for me to win. Anyone who has been visiting this blog for very long knows that I do a little (okay, more than a little) decorating for the Christmas holidays, and I LOVE collecting Christmas tree ornaments. I was so excited to win the cutest Christmas tree ornament from Debby’s Christmas blog (Debby’s Tree). She also blogs at Just Breathe and has a beautiful gifting blog at For your Tears. When I thought I had broken bones, I began wishing that Debby had come with the ornament, so that she could do her beautiful decorating on my Christmas trees, because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to even have a Christmas tree. Now, I can’t wait to put this cute ornament on my kitchen Christmas tree. Thanks so much Debby.
My second win was this wonderful Cornucopia cake pan from Cuisine Kathleen. Kathleen is a chef extraordinaire, so you know I was wishing that this cake pan had come with Kathleen, so she could bake me a cake in it for my 30 Thanksgiving guests. She could also tablescape my tables, because she is an incredible tablescaper. Now that I am going to be able to use my hand, I still wish Kathleen could have come with the cake pan, because I know mine won’t turn out as delicious and pretty as hers, but I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks so much Kathleen!
What a wonderful week this has been! Our family has definitely been blessed beyond measure, and we are definitely giving thanks. A minor detail of last week was that my daughter-in-law’s vehicle was broken into, and my Tom-Tom (navigator), which she had borrowed, was stolen. Some of you may recall my excitement and love affair with Tom, which I blogged about last year, so although I was upset about the loss of Tom, that loss was overshadowed by the roller coaster of emotions over other events of the past two weeks. Tom can certainly be replaced!
I know this was a long saga of the events of my week, and I thank you for suffering through this post. Wishing you many blessings throughout the year, as I give thanks for our most recent blessings. laurie