[Sca-cooks] How I spent my Thanksgivig
Stefan li Rous
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Wed Nov 29 00:47:52 PST 2006
Gunthar brought up:
> So, what are y'all making for Thanksgiving?
> On T-Day itself, my lady and I will be going to a Household dinner
> so we'll be bringing a couple of potluck items.
> I'm bringing my crustless mushroom quiche, homemade cranberry
> sauce, cornbread dressing.
> April will bring sweet potato casserole and pumpkin tarts. Maybe
> something else.
> So, whatcha bringing?
Well, since both my family here in town is small, the plan was for
both to meet at the country home of one of my in-laws. I had planned
to bring a chocolate bundt cake with soft fudge center using one of
our new cake pans we bought recently, and a pair of non-period
seafood appetizers posted here several years ago. My wife was going
to make Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
Unfortunately, on Tuesday evening we were finishing up a 3-mile walk
around Town Lake, a lake which winds through downtown Austin, we were
getting drinks of water at the water station, and I backed up to give
some folks more room. As I backed up my foot caught on small memorial
stone set into the powdered granite, and down I went.
I didn't loose consciousness, and I didn't really hurt, but since I
couldn't move my left arm far without it hurting, I didn't think it
was good. There was also this unusual bump slightly above my elbow. A
nearby runner called the EMS and they showed up fairly quickly. I
wasn't about to stand, stumble across the street and have my wife
drive be to the ER. The ride there getting bounced abruptly up and
down against the sides was making me wonder if the former method
might have been better. Those rigs are big, but you can send fragile
electronics in air-ride vans. I'm not sure why they can't cushion or
actively stabilize the gurney.
The EMTs tried multiple attempts to insert an IV while I was on the
ground and finally gave up. For whatever reason this continued
through the next week. Maybe because I was a bit dehydrated.
I had hoped that maybe they would fix the sprain or apply the cast
for the fracture and we could still make fighter practice at 7:30.
Instead about that time I was being admitted to the hospital, and the
had put my arm in a sling and scheduled my surgery for 7:30 am the
I guess when I do something I don't fool around. I totally broke the
bone in my upper arm about two inches above the elbow and the two
pieces overlapped about half an inch. Then they found out during
surgery Wednesday morning that I also split the bone vertically from
the break through the elbow. They put in plate(s) and screws
At least this was my left arm. I'm right handed.
Actually my left arm hasn't been hurting that much since the surgery,
although there have been times when it really has... I apparently
bruised several ribs on my right side though, and those have hurt
much more. Before the surgery, having the bones
wiggle and rub against each other while my arm rested flat against
the table, now *that* was weird.
I've never broken any appendages before. Just compressed some
vertebrae five or six years ago. I'm trying to learn to do things one-
handed and dealing with things like this sling/cast itching. To
increase the pressure, it looks like Dell Computer may still be
interested in my skills since they want to bring me in to talk to the
board design managers, rather than the mostly systems managers they
had me talking to in early October. Hope I'm not too grungy or have
the cast stinking by then. I'll have to get my wife to drive me there
since I don't think I can drive with the cast over my elbow and arm.
I can still type but I'm rather slow with one hand. So I can comment
on here and work on the Florilegium continues, just at a much slower
rate than usual. :-)
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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