Monday, January 26, 2009

Ankle update

If you missed the ankle post, you can find it HERE.  

After the first two weeks, the it was feeling a little better, but the swelling had only gone down minimally.  So friends convinced me I should get it checked out.  The Dr. was pretty funny, and came highly recommended, so I was pretty comfortable.  He poked, twisted, pulled, and finally decided to take x-rays.  What we saw was a small piece of bone chipped off.  Looked like a small pebble on the x-ray.  He wasn't 100% sure if it was from this injury, of if it was old, and this aggravated it.  (I wish I had a picture of the x-ray...  it was kinda bizarre).  

He put me in an aircast (which ironically is NOT filled with air, but with gel), and told me to come back in three weeks.  That was a week and a half ago, and I'm going nuts.  This stupid aircast hurts, and makes my foot hurt worse.  Not to mention that it does not fit comfortable into any shoe, which makes dressing for work a real treat!  Doesn't make dressing for play very fun either, but at least it's dressing for play???  

AND - no bowling for those 3 weeks.  (I did go and root the team on last week....)

Anyway - I've been sucking it up, and hoping that this thing is actually doing what it's supposed to be.  Just waiting now for it to start feeling better...

Will post again on this after my re-visit...

Hobbling along,

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dover, Philadelphia, Atlantic City

You know how much fun it is running around on Christmas day trying to see everyone that needs to be seen, and make sure you don't leave anyone out, or hurt anyone's feelings?  Yeah, it's a ton of fun.

This year, we decided to skip all that, catch up with family and friends at different times, and headed to Atlantic City for Christmas.  We left Christmas eve, drove to Dover and spent the night there (and gambled a little).  We got up on Christmas day, and geocached our way to AC.  Via Philadelphia.  We decided to grab some virtual caches in Philly, as they are always fun, and full of history.  We found out that this is where Girl Scout Cookies started.  We saw city hall, some other great architecture, and managed to find the Liberty Bell (although the local was none-too-happy about giving directions to out-of-towners).  There were tons of tourist out to see the Liberty Bell on Christmas day, and you could only see it from the outside.  Still not bad, and pretty exciting.  After tooling around there for a bit, we made our way to AC.  

You could see it coming from a bit away, with all of the hotels reaching into the sky.  The rest of the city was pretty unassuming.  The Tropicana hotel was very nice, and had many restaurants, shops, bars, and even an IMAX theater.  Not to mention the casino, and shows too.  

Didn't do horrible gambling.  I got lucky, and within a few minutes of getting settled in to play for a bit, I put $5 into a machine, and hit it for over $200.  That was not the norm, but that did help me play a little longer.  When we would hit pretty good, we'd cashout the ticket, and play on some of our other money for a bit.  Made us feel like we were winning, anyway.  At one point, I took a pic of all the cashout tickets that we had in the room.  (Note:  only the $200 or less was mine.  I'm pretty sure the $0.46 was mine, too.)  I managed to come back home with just about the same amount I took to gamble.  To me, that's coming out ahead.  

The boardwalk was a great old wooden boardwalk, but the beach is VERY small.  And cold on Christmas day.  But still neat.  The only hotel I took a picture of from the boardwalk angle was the Taj Mahal.  But I also got a pic of the closed amusement park.

On the way home, we decided to take the Cape May/Lewes ferry.  Something we both have wanted to do.  It's expensive, and actually may add a little bit of time due to waiting and all, but a fun experience anyway.  Oh yeah, and it was really foggy the day we took it too!

Definitely a fun way to spend a holiday.  Others thought so too, as it was pretty crowded!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sprained Ankle

Ok - so I'm going to attempt to catch up on some of the many things I've been meaning to blog about.  

To start off the New Year, D and I went on a cache run on Jan 3.  It was to be a high number day to get me toward a goal of hitting 2000 for the milestone event the following week.  We set out early on Saturday, and went out to VB since we have so many unfound out there.  The day was going well, and within a short time at mid-morning we already had 10 finds, with a couple of DNF's, and been questions by police.  We were pulling up to a quick park and grab when I stepped out of the truck, onto a gum-ball, rolled my ankle pretty good, caught myself, but then fell as soon as I put weight on said ankle.  So there I was, on the ground, in a parking lot, from a gum-ball.  D didn't see what happen, cause a likely hiding spot was on her side of the car, and she jumped out (without incident) to look for the cache.  Next thing she knows is that I'm on the ground calling her name asking for a little help.

She gets me up and in the car (we DNF'd the cache), and head to a nearby Starbucks (where there just also happened to be a cache).  I hobble inside, she makes the cache find, and we try to figure out what to do next.  The nice folks at SBUX give us some ice as I've swollen up pretty good.  

Well, now I was pretty sure I couldn't go on caching for the day, as I was in a pretty good amount of pain, so we went home, and I iced it all day.  I did the whole RICE thing (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for Saturday and Sunday.  I figured it wasn't broken, cause I could walk on it, although not without pain.  

I skipped bowling last Wednesday, cause it was still sore, tender, and swollen.  Rested a bit more over the weekend.  I'm gonna give bowling a shot tonight, and see how it does.  It's still pretty swollen, but doesn't hurt quite as bad as it has.  Some shoes are more uncomfortable than others.  It's a process, I suppose.  

I don't have very good insurance since I own my own business (that's a whole other post), so I didn't go get it checked.  But a friend of ours is a former ER nurse, and she saw me that Saturday night and said if I could walk, I was fine.  So I suppose I'm fine.  But it sure has hurt a lot for being fine!  (Yep, being a cry-baby!)


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Behind on blogging

Ok - so now I feel like I'm so far behind on blogging that I may never catch up.  I've got pictures and stories, and so much stuff to blog about that I don't know to start.  And since there is always something new, do I just skip the other stuff, since I'm sure to leave out details?  UGH!  The pressure.....

I'll see what I can do about getting caught up soon...  I hope....