Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tunnel Vision


You take risks and you face the consequences. Tomorrow I am having surgery on my left wrist. It's going to be easy, an outpatient procedure to release the nerve. I have carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist. My right wrist suffered similarly but I had that one fixed up years ago. I wish it were from too much writing and too much composing on the computer. But it's not.

I broke my wrist roller skating. Actually I broke one wrist one year and the other wrist the very next year. Lucky for me, I healed and I still skate.

My surgeon rocks. He protected the joints when they broke, so the wrists didn't collapse. The only negative after healing has been the Carpal Tunnel and Dr. Daren is good at fixing that. He has a unique story.

He and a friend grew up in New York, attended Bronx Science, decided to become doctors, specialized in orthopedics and both moved to Florida. They came to work at the Jewett Orthopedic Clinic in Orlando. I first went to  Jewett when was six years old for some neighborhood shenanigans that broke my right arm. Dr. Daren didn't work there then.

When I was six, my neighbor worked there, so that is where my parents took me when I broke my arm. Now I see different doctors there, but it's the same building, the same practice. I love that Dr. Daren and Dr. Mintzer grew up together, became doctors together and moved to Florida together. There story reminds me of The Pact and the importance of support and community.

Dr. Daren treated me when I broke my wrist roller skating. Today he reminded me that it wasn't just a few years ago. He fixed that wrist in 2011 (lest I forget that I'm actually older than I feel : )
I broke that wrist during the Hokey Pokey at the skating rink.

You take risks and you face the consequences. That break was only partially my fault though. I blame the little one that fell beside me putting her "left hip in and wiggling all about"-- she kicked my skate away as she fell. Of course,  I stuck my hand out to break the fall.

Tomorrow's surgery will fix the nerve pain and the disrupted sleep issues and the numb fingers. Luckily, this time, it's my left hand. Luckily I have good insurance. I have support and someone to drive me. I have meals already made in the fridge and the house is relatively clean. Laundry's done. I can afford the surgical care and the day off. I am so thankful for that and for the idea that I will have a pain-free, get-back-to-work left hand in less than twenty-four hours.

I'll be back to school on Friday.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Play Ball

There's Florida-cool breeze today: mid-low seventies in the shade. Sky blue for miles and miles, cumulus vanishing into the pale of horizon. 

 
The Atlanta Braves are playing the Florida Marlins. I'm basically cheering for both teams. I spent time in Atlanta growing up and they spring train here, so we're wearing red, white and blue for the Braves, but the Marlins are a home-state team too. We are cheering all the good work on this gorgeous field. 

We have great seats in section 209 of Champion Stadium at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium. Note to self, these seats are perfect for the sun sensitive. We had less than an hour of full sun and now we are made in the shade. We of the Irish appreciate sitting in the no sun burn section!

There's a lot to love about this sunny Saturday.

I love spending time with family.
I love listening to the chatter and laughter.
The stories, I love.
The sweepers and keepers of the diamond clay, the harlequin pattern of green in the field, love and love.
I love imagining all of the work behind the game.
I love the saxophone  quartet and between inning shenanigans.


 
Kids with gloves held high grabbing for foul balls, love.
That the Braves use the Seminoles' fight song, love.
I love the players' lean lines, the stretch as they swing, catch and throw.
The crack of the bat, I love too.

Such a good idea this Saturday game, Ghee!