Last Tuesday was exactly 4 months plus a week since the day I broke my foot. The first two months or sixty days were the hardest as I was not supposed to load bear at all which made everything more difficult, from walking up and down the stairs, to taking a shower, to just cooking in the kitchen.
Thank god for these knee walkers or scooters, made ambulating more bearable and practical, except for the going up and down the stairs part.
After two months when I was finally allowed to load bear (put my broken foot down) it felt like finally there was light at the end of the tunnel. Finally able to walk up and down the stairs and take a shower without the hoopla of not being able to put my foot down.
Another month (about 90 days after the initial injury) and I was allowed to get rid of the AirCast and started walking at first with a cane and eventually was able to get rid of even that. At the same time my surgeon had me book an appointment to remove the two larger screws (which will only last about six months before breaking).
I booked the appointment through his office which turned out to be exactly 127 days after the initial injury. I was apprehensive about the procedure but it literally took 15 minutes between sitting down and walking out with two (stainless steel) fewer screws in my foot.
After the procedure the doctor and I decided that we never wanted to see each other again (amicable and in a good way). The doctor told me to “give ‘er” and to start or keep using my foot normally.
Took my first bike ride today and although my foot is not the same as before (still aches and stiffens up) I feel like I’m finally out of the woods and looking forward to getting back to hockey and regular activities.
Summer’s been stupid hot, I honestly don’t remember a summer with so many days where the temperature exceeds 30C. After a while you get used to it, but still a little tired of being so sweaty all the time. Still it’s not as bad as Texas I heard but frankly some days it’s getting close where we had temperatures of about 35C.
On top of that British Columbia has been suffering under what must be a record number of fires which are driven by hot dry weather and high winds. You can look at at a map of the fires here. As a consequence we’ve been experiencing poor air quality since I think early June.
This is worse than a few years ago when Montana was experiencing some crazy fires and every so often some of it would float up here, lately we’ve been getting smogged by fire smoke almost every day.
See some of the pictures below, notice the orange hue to all of them, that’s from the smoke.
Looking west from the highway, normally you can see the glorious rockies from here.
Orange sun, due to smoke, you can see the haze in the air, trees should be green.
About 3 kilometres from our house, can’t see our house, or other houses on the ridge.
Shareen and I tried one of these at the Banff Springs then the other was recommended to me by a sales person at Zyn in Calgary. One costs $20 the other one was three times more, guess which one was worth it.
As some of of you may know I’ve been playing recreational slo-pitch, it looks something like this…
The glove you see in the picture is not a fancy glove, it’s not expensive either and it doesn’t make me a better player, but it’s my glove, I’ve had it for a few years and I’ve grown to like it very much.
Then three weeks ago, it went missing, we show up to our weekly game and no glove. My best guess was that I forgot it at the previous game the week prior. No way on earth I’ll ever see it again.
In a last ditch effort I contact the Calgary Sports and Social Club, the people that run the slo-pitch league that I play in. Laura takes down my details and tells me that she’ll reach out to the other teams to see if anyone found it. I don’t hold out much hope and about ten days later I’ve written the glove off. Then literally the next day I get up in the morning and check my email to get an email from Laura that my glove was found by Chris from another team. She provides Chris’s details and I reach out to Chris who responds within a few hours and later that day I’m re-united with my favourite glove.
Sometimes things happen and the world makes sense again. It was a little thing but still.