Last night I began piecing another (the most recent) Splendid Sampler block, Piece of Candy. I _think_ the striped fabric above is supposed to look like a wrapped piece of hard candy with twisted ends. It is a simple variation of nine patch block and was easy for me to cut out. I managed to sew the half square triangle units together before I got too sleepy to sew safely. :)
Yesterday we had a string of thunderstorms roam through this region from the north - twice while I was out in the afternoon there was an actual radio alert message (instead of the much more common 'tests') saying there were high winds, hail and heavy rains in areas of southwestern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. Mostly we watched the storms fly past in the distance but the sky was overcast most of the day.
I finally got off my duff and went out exercising in the afternoon. The local Days Inn has a small pool and for a minor amount of money I bought a monthly pass to use the pool anytime it is open (9 a.m. - 11 p.m., daily). My cardiologist urged me to go walking in the water for exercise when I saw her last month as the water resistance gives a better exercise result and the buoyancy prevents damage to my joints. This pool was quite pleasant - warm enough to keep my muscles from seizing up but cool enough to keep me from overheating. I managed to walk (the deepest part of the pool is about 4 1/2 feet) and paddle for a bit more than an hour. I did actually feel pretty good afterwards (although I had forgotten how heavy one feels when first leaving the water:). I have high hopes to go there several times a week. (Fingers crossed)
I woke up abruptly in the wee hours of the morning today, gasping from a vivid nightmare. One of the less pleasant by-products of my inherited tendency toward depression is an abundance of nightmares and bad dreams. I suffered from them constantly as a child and did not realize the connection until I began to medicate my depression in my late 20's - my nightmares suddenly disappeared. Now they are infrequent (thank you to the universe for that grace!) as long as I take my meds. This one had me wide awake and shaking for several hours so that I did not get up until later than usual due to the insomnia. :P
I took a shower after breakfast this morning and as I stepped out of the tub enclosure, my right foot sent a violent stab of pain up my leg. I think I might have mentioned before that I had turned my foot the day of our auction earlier this month and it has been a bit sore ever since. I thought it was getting better but my mis-step was a considerable set back. I was in so much pain, I knew I had to go seek medical attention.
After a call to my insurance company (to find out where in this area I could go for help), I carefully drove myself to the Holzer Medical Center (the same place my brother Jeff had been going for the Wound Clinic) to a visit at the ER. Ten X-rays and a couple of hours later, it became clear that I have a broken tibia (I learn something new every time I get an injury - I had no idea that the long bone of one's leg, the tibia, reaches into the foot area). They fitted me up with a walking splint and I have an appointment to go to the orthopedist tomorrow.
Now I am truly useless here - I can barely hobble with the aid of my cane (which I did in fact bring with me, at my husband's urging, though I was so sure I did not and would not need it any more). Sigh!
My niece is coming from Cincinnati tomorrow to drive me about 45 minutes east to Gallipolis where the orthopedics office is - it was pretty tricky driving myself home from the ER today and I truly don't think it would be safe for me to drive myself tomorrow.
I have no idea what will happen. I am expecting them to want to put a cast on my foot ... which I am sure I won't be able to drive with. I don't know how long it will take to heal or how we will manage now. So much for being useful! I am hoping for the best, but I expect to be unable to drive for a while at least - can't go home, can't do what I came here to do ... useless. :( Probably won't even be able to go exercise in that pleasant pool.