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Wheeee! Vacation! At least a week plus 1 day, plus 2 weekends, so altogether 10 days off! I didn't get everything done that I wanted to at work, but it wasn't my fault...late responses or no responses from people I was waiting for answers from, and a miscalculation with an IT person that came to fix a problem and ended up making it worse so that I lost nearly an hour and a half of working time. But, whatever: vacation!

Martin has to have surgery on his arm. We went to the hospital call-back on Wednesday, a week after the incident, and the doctor went through the new x-rays with us and explained the situation...the end of his arm bone head of his humerus is twisted/tipped backwards, straining the muscles and while it will still heal, it won't heal WELL and he could end up with motion restriction, movement issues and chronic pain. So they have to go in and adjust it. That means he has to be put under, which he's glad about because he doesn't want them to do surgery with him awake. We don't know how long the surgery will take or how long after he'll have to stay...a great deal depends on how he feels after and how long it takes him to recover from the anesthesia.

But we hope it will go smoothly and quickly and we'll be able to head up north Monday evening or Tuesday morning at the latest. He's been doing pretty well all this week, though taking pain medication still, and it's too bad this will be a set-back and that it means longer before he'll be really healed. He can dress himself except for his shirt (and buttons) and he can shower himself (with a handy Saran Wrap sling I made him!) and he's been sleeping okay propped with LOTS of pillows on the sofa. But still...it's amazing how much you miss the use of an arm and how much it affects EVERYTHING. He says he never realized before how much you use your arms to balance, walk, bend down, sit up, etc. Or that laughing and coughing would hurt his arm. He's also COVERED in huge yellow and green bruises all over his legs, arm and sides from the fall. My poor baby boy!

Tomorrow is midsommar and I hope the weather improves...we had an absolutely perfect hot summer week until today when it suddenly turned COLD and windy and rainy. Brrr! We're going to our friends' Barbara and Paul, but sadly she won't be there...emergency trip home to her mom who is in the last stage of lung cancer. :( She was emphatic that the party was still on, whether she was there or not, so off we go with 7 liters of strawberries in hand.

Saturday, my brother John and Simone and the boys arrive! John is driving up from Germany, timing it to arrive at approximately the same time as I get home from the airport with his family who are flying up instead. I can't wait! We haven't seen John in 2 years!! Can that be right?? And a new baby nephew to meet, yay!

Martin just came home from a friend's house, and since he walked home in the rain (with a borrowed umbrella), his pants were wet, so I told him to "get out of his pants" and then I had to unbutton them for him. Even if he IS my kid and even if he HAS a BROKEN ARM, it's still a bit disconcerting.

Oh! I almost forgot! I passed my one year no-soda anniversary! I have to say I'm pretty proud of my accomplishment, even if I DID have a handful of sodas during the year. My celebration Coke was sure yummy, haha! :D
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(Anonymous)

Wow - that's a big update. And congrats on the one year no-soda mark! My co-worker opened a can of Coke today and I just laughed because I immediately started salivating at the sound - shows you how long it's been since I've had a Coke, and it's not even been close to one year! You rock!

-Heather

I just grabbed Karin's coke and drank it down... YUM. But, I really am not going right back to bad habits. Still mostly drinking water and some juice!

(Anonymous)

Sending more healing to Martin - I'm glad the surgery is scheduled for a time that works the best for your vacation! Have a great time -I bet those 2 young boys will be spoiled, wishing I was there to help! And- Hurrah! for the pop free year! Love, Lizardmom

Wishing you were here, too, Mom, and Sarah & Co, to have us all together again! The kids are adorable. :)

Congrats on the no soda year Liz!

Martin's surgery also means pain medication on the first part of the trip I bet.
I guess I was pretty funny while still in recovery and doped up after my wrist surgery last year. My daughters got a lot of laughs out of telling tales.

I was amazed at how many things were very difficult to do, self care things, with the cast and all.
Martin will bounce back well though. He's not an old lady.

Have fun on your trip. Have fun with your brother. Just have fun.

He's been on pain meds anyway, so expect it will just continue a couple of weeks longer than it would have to begin with. He managed pretty well considering...needs help to cut up food, and a few other things, but is pretty good at managing :)

From Megsie

Poor Martin! I hope the surgery goes well and his recovery is speedy. I hurt my back while moving my parents, and man, we really do take our bodies for granted, don't we?

Yay for the Year of NO Soda! I have been Dr. Pepper free for over a month. I know that it is only for the summer, however. Once school starts I will need my liquid energy.

Hooray for vacation and seeing John and a NEW BABY to nuzzle!!

xoxoxo

Re: From Megsie

Ow! Hurty backs are no joke. Especially with kids! Dr Pepper-free for a month is quite an accomplishment, actually...good for you!

I'm catching up on my flist very late -- glad to know how this all worked out, from your later posts and Facebook.

Congratulations on your soda anniversary!

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