My vacation started at 4pm December 28th, 2011, when my good friend, Kristi Ware (AKA Kristi The Zoo Keeper on WordPress) picked me up from work. We already had it planned out.. We were going to ride in an SUV with 3 adults, 2 teenagers, and two 7 month old Pit/Boxers. What could go wrong? WELL………….
We got to her house without any complications except when she picked me up and I tried to get in said SUV the passenger door closed hard on my right leg.. no problem, except for the bruise that was immediatly forming on my thigh. As if that is bad, Kristi goes to put gas in the vehicle and bumps her forehead on the outside of the vehicle (AKA The Dark Knight). I blame her accident as being a blond moment, mine was just plan moron moment.
When we get to Kristi’s house (AKA The Zoo)and get my bags carried in I finally sit down for a breather and out of nowhere I get mauled by 2 very excited Pitties that want to jump and play around. I was up for it as I was already missing my baby girl, Sassy the Boxer, and was craving some play time with doggies. They also have 6 cats but I am allergic to cats so I don’t really mess around with them TOO much. There are a couple of the cats that I will love on a bit with minor allergy problems but am willing to endure any allergy problems for any of the Zoo exhibits.
As we get the Pitties calmed down Kristi and I, well… mainly Kristi, fixes some Chicken Fried Rice. It was sooooooooo sooooooooo good. After sending the 2 teenagers to bed Kristi, her dad Kenneth Cantrell, and I sit down to play some poker. It was fun learning all the different ways to play. I had never played poker but when I started winning neither Kristi or her dad was convinced of that. Time for nighttime and Beka chooses to sleep with us. She finds herself snuggled between Kristi and I. Unknowing to me until the next morning I guess I started petting Kristi’s head during the night thinking it was Beka. Too funny.
December 29th, 2011….. I get up and get ready for the day. Kristi and I take Beka out to play ball. I like to chase Sassy around so I start to chase Beka around trying to catch her. That went on for a little bit until all of a sudden there was what sounded like a shotgun and I went down. Apparently I stepped in a hole that Beka dug and snapped my ankle. I roll around on the ground holding my ankle trying not to pass out from the pain. Ken comes out and helps me in the house to sit down. Kristi hurries to find an ankle wrap. She told me I won the “First Injury Of The Day” award.
I begin to rest my foot but still continue to walk on it because nothing I mean NOTHING was going to keep me from missing this trip. As it got closer to lunch time Kristi heated me up some of her wonderful homemade gluten-free corn dogs. I eat gluten-free food anytime I am with Kristi for two reasons: 1) to prevent cross-contamination and 2) because gluten-free foods taste pretty dang good.. they taste pretty awesome actually and Kristi makes the best corn dogs.
Kristi and I spend the afternoon cleaning her bedroom, well Kristi cleaned her room and I was forced to do nothing but watch her. Beka was upstairs with us while Daine was downstairs with Kenneth. I was getting tired so I laid down on the floor with Beka. Reminded me of how me and my service dog, Chug, would lay together.
I finally decided that I wanted to go downstairs and rest for awhile when about 3am I get woke up saying we are going to load up and get going. We load up the “turtle” on top of The Dark Knight and put all the stuff needed for the dogs and both mine and Kristi’s turtles that include our computers, books, and cameras up front with us. As we get on our way leaving Oswego, Ks, I quickly fall asleep and only remember bits and parts of the trip on the way to Georgia because of the pain meds.
Starting off on the trip I am laying in the back seat with the 2 adorable pitties Daine and Beka. I fall back to sleep trying to forget about the pain in my foot and leg. At one point I am told to sit up front so I can try to keep my ankle straight. Kristi is such a good and thoughtful friend. While I am resting up front I wake up to find Kristi sleeping with Beka on her chest.
The story behind Beka was she wandered up to Kristi’s front yard while Kristi had her other dog , Daine, outside. Beka was very skinny and emeciated. You could see everyone of her bones. Kristi couldn’t just let her walk away so she took Beka in and gave her some food and warm shelter. Kenneth told Kristi that if they couldn’t find a “forever home” for her that they would become her “forever home”. I don’t know that I have ever seen a more gentle, compassionate, and loving stray dog like Beka. Now, Daine was a pound puppy and if you didn’t know any better you would have thought by the way both dogs act with each other that they were truely sisters from the same momma. From day 1 they have been inseperatable. They whine when they can’t be with each other or even see the other. Look at the 2 of them… Aren’t they adorable together?
So at one point Kristi decides she wants to lay down in the back seat with the dogs and she had a little help keeping her head down. Beka used Kristi’s head as a pillow. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of that.
Everybody is awake by the time we get to Metropolis, Ill, “Home of Superman.” Of course we have to stop and see the sites. We find the Ginormous statue of Superman and get our pictures taken with it. As we are walking up to the statue Kristi nearly gets knocked out with evil superman’s cape. She wins “first injury of the day” award then. After she recovers from her nerological trauma, Kristi, Kenneth, the 2 teenagers (Emily and Briana), and the 2 pitties sit down in front of the statue for a Kodak moment.
And then Kristi and I got a pic taken with the pitties as well.
As we were off like a speeding bullet we come across Superman’s changing phone booth and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have our picture taken in that.
Please remember that I am still walking on my mangled ankle despite what Kristi and her dad are trying to tell me which is to stop walking on it. Yeah, not happening. We continue to drive and drive and drive as we sleep and sleep and sleep til we decide to pull over somewhere and check in to a motel for the night. We let the dogs loose to stretch their legs and get everything unpacked. Showers are taken and I decided to take a picture of my ankle 24 hours after the hole jumped up and bit me.’
It’s not really that bad. I put the wrap back on and get settled in for bed…. All of a sudden PAIN PAIN PAIN. With each jump came more pain. Beka got excited about being able to sleep in the bed with Kristi and I that she couldn’t contain the excitement and she landed on my ankle several times. That is fine, I immediately forgave her after we got her settled down. We loaded up and headed towards our destination. Again I slept most of the time but when I was awake I caught some pretty neat and sweet pictures.
After having got to our destination and helping unload the car as much as I can, I go to the bed and start to rest. It is New Years Eve and there is a big party outside my hotel window. My foot starts to throb so I take a look at it and doesn’t seem too bad so I rest in bed.
Next morning my ankle feels as if it is going to bust out of the wrap and I see bruising and swelling going up my calf. NO GOOD. I show Kristi as I try to walk over to her (which was an EPIC FAIL btw) and immediately and together we both say those 2 dreadful words….. “Emergency Room”.
That is the way my ankle looked before entering the ER…. Next you will find more photos of my ER visit.
After taking one look at my foot the Dr said I broke my fibia. I FREAK OUT. I can’t have a broken ankle, I can’t have a broken leg. I can’t be off work for 6 weeks. What are they going to do with me. The bring X-ray techs in and they are going on and on about how awesome the bruising looks and that they love the swelling. That does not make me feel any better. After having getting the x-rays back the Dr. comes in and says he has good news and bad news. Good news is I didn’t “break” it. If that is the good news then what is the bad news? The bad news is that I have one of the worst swelling and sprains he has ever seen. He wants to put a temp cast on me and put me on crutches. Poo on the crutches. Oh and he wanted to take me off my feet and work for 6 weeks. I started to cry telling him how I can’t be off work for 6 weeks so the nurse was nice enough to get me a slip for a week off. So the nurse comes in and applies my temp cast.
Plain does not suit me well not Kristi so Kristi got her Sharpies out and got creative.
Remember when I said Beka jumped all over my ankle our first night in the hotel? Well, Kristi felt it would be appropriate to put Beka wuz herz all over it. I loved it.
So my first souvenier from my trip to Georgia is my hospital band
On our way home we encountered some wonderful scenery and will share those pictures after I share this. On our way home we stop at a pet store and Kristi plays with some ferrets. The girl ferret is suppose to be the nice one and the boy the mean on. As Kristi starts to play with the girl ferret she becomes mean and tried to bite Kristi’s finger off. When the store workers get the ferret to let go the ferret goes back for seconds. As Kristi and I tell each other… It’s funny until someone gets hurt then it is freaking hilarious.
Now for the wonderful scenery…
These are pictures of frozen water coming out of the mountains.
I could show you a book full of pictures but that gives you a highlight.
God Bless and Choose Faith over Worry,
PS… When I got home it was confirmed that I fractured my ankle and I have been in a brace since Jan. 1, 1012 to current and Dr said I have at least another 5 weeks before possible surgery. Will this keep me from going on any more with them should they ask? HECK NO!!!!.
Love you Kristi and Kenneth.