Sunday, October 11, 2009

Last one

Okay, just one more post that relates to my leg. Some pictures, and an absolutely wonderful get well card. Linny is one of the women that I jump with on a regular basis at the Drop Zone in Snohomish. She and about three others (Christine, Cindy, Dave) formed a core group of fun jumpers (with about a half dozen others who come and go) that gave me one of the best summers in the sky that I've had in a long time. Until two years ago, every weekend was consumed with teaching the First Jump Course and jumping with students. Rarely did I have a weekend in Colorado to just play in the sky. Now that's all I really care to do.

 Linny, Cindy, Christine, DJan

Yesterday I got a call from Linny at the end of the day to tell me how much they all missed me at the DZ. Of course I was wishing I could be there, but I knew that even going to sit around and visit is dangerous for me, thinking that I am really well enough to make a jump ("well, if I'm really careful and ..."). I've done it before and been sorry. Linny told me she had made me a card and to go check my post office box, which I did. This is what I found.

A puzzle! I opened the envelope and put the pieces on the kitchen table, and went to work. Once I realized that it is a circle, I was able to proceed with quite a bit of speed (like maybe a half hour) to solve it.

Any of these pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them. Apparently Linny is as talented an artist as she is in the air.  And to finish my leg saga, I just now took the ace bandage off to see if I could show how well my leg is doing. You have to remember that Thursday afternoon when I smacked the shinbone, the place where you see a scab had a half-a-softball-sized hematoma under it. (For those who don't know, a hematoma is a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues.)

You can see the marks left by the ace bandage, but although you can see that there is a small amount of swelling, because of the flash you can't see the really awesome coloring that goes from just below the knee to the anklebone. (Maybe this last picture will give some inkling of what I mean.) I suspect that this discoloration will continue for a week or so, but I am now able to walk around normally. On Thursday I thought I would be lucky to be off crutches by now, but it is healing up very fast. By next weekend, if the weather is good, I should be able to go off to Snohomish and get my knees in the breeze (i.e., make a skydive).

Between my blogging friends' good wishes and wonderful comments and my dear skydiving friends (and oh yes, also my Facebook friends), I feel surrounded by love and feel truly blessed. Who could ask for more? I guess I could also mention my beloved husband who fixes me scrumptious steamed veggies and fulfills my desire for a life partner.


  1. I love the puzzle idea, how creative.
    I'm so sorry that you suffered such a nasty injury, take care.
    Sunny :)

  2. What a cute idea for a get well card. Ouch, that doesn't look good but if you are seeing improvement that is good.
    Take care,

  3. What a beautiful card! I bet you enjoyed doing that and reading the words afterwards. Your leg looks sorry for itself, doesn't it, but as you say, you're getting better, slowly. I say again, don't overdo it please!
    Blessings, Star

  4. WoW! I missed the post about your leg... OW! It looks NASTY!!! Hope you are soon 100%.

  5. You are lucky to have really good friends. Linny is such a sweet person, to find time writing on that jigsaw puzzle, she really cares for you. I may not be able to send a get well card but I can send lots of love and hugs online. So next time, PLEASE be very careful! You legs oooohhh ouchy ouch!

    More love and hugs,

  6. That is some gams lady. ha
    Glad the swelling is going down and your spirits are up!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  7. I know how it is when pictures just don't give an accurate portrayal of the severity of the bruising. I think it's great that you are planning on being able to jump in less than a week. And aren't you fortunate to have someone take care of you while you're gimpy?
    I think the card is fantastic. What did she put it on? Cardboard? What a unique idea.

  8. Owwee. That had to hurt. You have been doing all the right things taking care of it though. Won't be long before you are out hiking again.

  9. That puzzle is such a cute idea. Something to do while you are incapacitated. Your leg is looking better from the sounds of it, but you can certainly tell that it was a really bad bump.

  10. By the look of your leg when it is better – it must have really hurt. The puzzle was a creative idea – you have neat friends. I hope you will heal very quickly. My husband had surgery on his 2nd leg this week (1st leg last week) and he is also very sore – I hope he heals quickly like you because we are going to France in 2 weeks.

  11. That card is ingenious!! Where did she get it? What a fun idea and a great way to find out, slowly, how much you are treasured. I would love to send a card like that to someone.

    Your leg looks so painful and I'm sorry you suffered such a rotten injury. But your healthy habits are serving you well in your healing, I'm sure. Hugs to you and I'm glad you are well taken care of and so loved. :) That makes EVERYthing better!

  12. Thanks for the welcome and adding me. I hope your keeping that leg elevated for an hour at least 2 or 3 times daily. Skydiving--Wow!

  13. I'm sorry to see this,hope your up and about soon.I've given you a reply on my cracked me up.hahaha!

    If you can,checkout my travel story too.
    Your friends love you D-Jan,that puzzle is a novel idea.Wonderful hubby you've got.Have a good day,be back soon.

  14. Glad the leg is getting better. I'm still without internet at home. Just checking in via the library wi-fi to see what my faves are up to...

  15. DO have a nasty gash. Love the puzzle idea...very creative and cute. Glad you are on the mend.

    Your leg reminds me of my knee when I fell off a mopad in Bermuda. It took weeks to heal...and I think it was skinned to the bone.Seeing your leg reminded me of that accident. We were about 8 miles from the mopad drop off point and I had to ride that thing back along very narrow roads, drop offs, and on the wrong side of the road. However, since I survived, it makes for a great story. :D

  16. Hope that you are feeling better today DJan...

  17. Hello. I came across your blog through another one I am following.
    What a wonderful card. Youe legs looks painful and I hope you heal 100% soon.


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