Hard to believe it's been almost two months since I slipped and broke my elbow. Also hard to believe how much one slip like that can affect your entire life. Because of it, I was stuck in bed for a week, had to sleep uncomfortably for a month, couldn't go skiing or sledding--it all sounds so whiny, especially when I consider how much harder so many other people have it. This is just to say that if something which seems fairly minor can cause so much trouble, I hate to picture how much something major can affect you.
However, time marches on, and people keep asking me how the elbow's doing today. I'm very pleased to be able to report that it's pretty much fully functional. I can't ski until the end of the month (and I'm kinda doubting there's going to be any snow left to ski on by then, the way this winter is going), but I'm back to bringing in wood, picking up my kids, and doing everyday things with little difficulty. Even playing guitar. :-)
So--what else can we learn from this? First off, don't think you're immune to the power of gravity. If it's slippy out, slow down. (Rocket science, I know.) Second, it's great to be able to have others to turn to when things go south. Denisa stepped in wonderfully as the family snow blower, wood fetcher, and fix it person for the month I was out of commission. Finally, thank goodness for iPads. When I was stuck in bed that long, my iPad was about the only thing that got me through it. :-)
In any case, thank you all for the well wishes. They were all much appreciated. When I left the physical therapy place for the last time, they told me to avoid doing anything that might make me fall down. Since the thing that had made me fall down was walking, maybe I should try crawling everywhere for the next while.
Anyway--yay for working elbows!