Saturday, January 1, 2011

Adventures Happen When We Least Expect Them

Happy New Year!
Well 2010 was a strange and rather wonderful year in my household. My Grandmother ( the first Fern) turned 100 in March. Two of my daughters graduated with their Associates of Science  in May, (well done first steps in higher education). We spent our first entire year away from Pepsi-Cola, (my husband worked there for 34 years). We had our first year in the last 6 with Roger only working 1 job (he has worked 2 for 5 years before 2010). Bethany was completely hospital, sickness, surgery and break free until Nov. (when she decided to make up for lost time.) Racquel, 20, got her drivers license and a car for graduation (blessing in disguise.)I gave Ashley a Bind-it-All  for her graduation present because it looked cool and I thought that she would like to play with it........... and the journey into scrapping began.
Wow it's been a year! The very best thing to come from this year is that I found this wonderful community of people who understand the need to create beautiful things and share them with others.  I am so thankful for you all!
Now on to the adventure. We were planning our evening and since all of our girls except Bethany were in TX at a church conference, Roger and I were planning an evening of games with my mom and grandmother. I was eagerly anticipating attending Laura, from Following the Paper Trails, New Year's Eve bash, when I heard Roger call out a startled "OH NO" from Bethany's room. Rushing in I find him standing white faced over Bethany. Bethany is cracking up laughing and Roger scolds her that "It's not funny!" and looks at me stunned. I start to ask what's wrong and Bethany screams with laughter "I'm broken!"
I sat down with a thump on the chair and then had to rush out of the room to keep Bethany from hearing me laugh.
Her leg was broken. Now before anyone cries out in horror at the laughter and what horrible parents we are, lets put this in context. Bethany is paralyzed from the waist down with no feeling below the midriff. As a result of no weight bearing, her legs are extremely small and brittle and as a consequence break very easily. Once I was sitting in the hospital with her and I reached over to pat her knee and it felt rather large. My heart sank and I lifted the blanket and sure enough during the night the nurses had moved her and inadvertently broken her leg. Of course they did not know it because she can't feel and tell you that it is done so you don't know until it starts swelling. So, because Bethany is fairly active and silly breaks are rather frequent. Well, you know, starting around age 9. But we have gone a good long spell without one this time, 18 months Woo hoo. So anyway, no it was not funny but Bethany was, and her laughter is truly infectious. But we are in the midst of a blizzard here in Colorado and both Roger and I were not happy at the hour and 1/2 drive to Denver. But it was actually quite clear on the highway and we made very good time. We went right into a room at the ER, there was no one else there and they had her xrayed, casted and out of there before the New Year! It was so funny we packed blankets, food, candles, pop and even a game in case we got stuck and then the roads were almost completely dry, thank the Lord. I sent my first ever phone e-mail on my new phone to a friend in England on the way to the hospital and was even able to connect to Laura's show up at the hospital. and I WON A PRIZE! I don't know what I won LOL She was giving away things so fast and I was so excited to hear my name I started clapping and squealing, the nurse came in wondering what the excitement was. I said "I won, I won........... oh what did I win?? LOL
It was overall a nice evening. We spent some quality time together on the drive, got to see our friends at the hospital and got home in good time. 2010 adventures over.

Let the 2011 Adventures Begin!

Happy New Year every body.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Deanna,
    Lets hope that you see less of that hospital in 2011! Hope its a good year for you and your family!
    hugs Alyson x