Warning: this is gonna be a long topic, but I will chop it up for you based on each injury being discussed. No, I did not physically fall (thank goodness for small favors), but this FALL was epic for moi.
I am going to start out of order (and just like that I think of my math teacher in high school who died far too young), because I have a recipe request from all of you - but that will not show up until the next post because this got crazy long and I am doing a cut/paste job so we stay friends.
This fall marked Laddie's senior year season playing water polo out east. Several weeks in advance, I looked at the schedule with Coach and we chose which games we wanted to attend. Coach has a harder time committing because of work, etc. I have an easier time as it comes naturally to me to craft ways to jump ship, escape the loony bin, ditch the disaster area, etc.
|Great pants but crappy eye. If you |
did not read how I scored these
pants at a deal, you should. Not
many of you did,
so here is your chance.
This was senior
game. I am holding the flowers
they give the moms and standing
next to my kid in the speedo.
I was going to attend three different weekends - one with the whole gang, one just Curly and I, and one solo. Yea me. One of my visits would be to Lad's senior night. I booked the necessary flights.
Coach decided less than two weeks before the senior night game, that he might want to tag along. That sounded perfect to me, save the fact that I now needed to pawn off our lovely younger four kids on people who once considered us friends. No prob - I got busy and the pawning was complete. Then I baked myself into a tizzy, because people are owed treats for this!
I made a mountain of meatballs right before we left. I find meatballs labor intensive, so I do not whip them up all that often. Well, that dinner was met with rave reviews. I told the kids that when they were allowed re-entry to our home Sunday afternoon via key from my mom, they could heat up leftover meatballs for dinner. Coach and I were not landing until around 7 or 8 pm.
Thanks to Coach's last minute booking, we flew to New York from O'Hare about an hour apart - but we landed at two different airports. Coach rented a car at Laguardia and then came to get me - a few hours later at my airport. On the way home, we both departed from Laguardia - I left a few hours earlier than him. I landed at O'Hare, got a cab home, and then hopped in the car and drove to get him at Midway. Yep. That happened.
I ended up being incredibly grateful that Coach came along. I could not have maneuvered around in a rental car on a bright sunny day trying to glance at the GPS with . . . PINK EYE. Of all things! I don't think I ever had this, because I swear something so insanely painful would have stuck with me.
We woke up Saturday morning and hit the workout room in the hotel before we went to Lad's game. While on an elliptical my eye started to tear like CRAZY. Then the burning. Then I considered scraping my eye out with a spoon. As he drove to the game, I googled. Oh, shit.
We watched that first 9 am game (well, less watching for me and more blinking). I kept going out into the quiet hallway to call my doctor. They agreed to call me in something which saved us hanging out at urgent care during our visit. It also saved me from swearing like a sailor into the phone in desperation mode and thereby forcing me to find a new doctor when I returned home.
I managed to survive the 30 second intervals of piercing eye pain for several hours till God's sweet nectar in the form of drops saved me. Coach and I hit the grocery store while Lad went to watch film with his team. Coach had procured a list from Lad while they watched Lad's girlfriend play in a softball tournament. I stayed in the car, reclined, begging the drops to work some magic.
Off to the grocery store, which gives you time to consider what easiest crockpot recipe ever you will suggest for my college kid. Um, this adventure is not quite over.