The Family Christmas

Lookin’ pretty

Off to Spokane on Christmas Eve.  We were met at the airport by our grandsons, that we barely recognized.  They had just come from church to pick us up and were looking quite “dapper” in their suits and hats.  The boys could hardly wait to get home to open the “Christmas Eve 1 present- pick”.  (We traditionally did that in our family with our 3 children).  Then off to bed, late of course, and with a Christmas story read first.  Of course we were up again at about 6 am.   (Last yr. the middle boy, then 6, picked a package we had given him, as his Christmas eve pick.  I tried to talk him out of it, as we had bought him PJ’s & knew it would not be the expected gift, but he insisted. When he opened it and had a “not really what I wanted” reaction, our daughter had him put the PJ’s on to wear for the night and some of Christmas day.  All 3 received PJ’s along with a few more preferable “toys”. ( This year he asked if it was pajamas, when he picked a gift on Christmas Eve!)

The house stayed full all afternoon and early evening with about 18 extra friends & their visiting relatives–bringing the total to 23 in the house.  It was our introduction to a “turdukin”–a large turkey with a duck and chicken inside–actually very good.  So there was lots of food, fun and frenzy. We played games, ate, talked, ate & I went to bed about 8 pm.

Highlights: *Watching “Sound of Music” which the boys had never seen before. Resulting in several days of singing  “Do, Re, Me” repetitively.
*Lots of basket ball tournaments on indoor Christmas gift- double hoops.
*Watching the youngest (age 4) open his own purchased Christmas gift to himself with his money–a remote truck. (You get what you want that way & it was the Christmas Eve pick).
*The middle grandon (age 7) who was the biggest game player–liking the new one we bought from called “Quirkle”.
*The oldest Grandson “assisting” his Papa with a 944 piece Lego Halo Transporter which took Papa into another mind zone completely.  He would look for a piece the half the size of a pea in all of those pieces.  Yowser
* Listening to the 4 yr. old saying to a neighbor “Do you think it is fair that I didn’t get to play on X-Box a-l-l day today & my brothers did?”  The neighbor responded “Do I look like Judge Judy?”–and then said “no, not fair”.  Funny thing is–it had never come up to any of us all day.

Getting ready for the professional photos was a task in itself–but that is what the Holidays are about–family having fun & choas.  We do always remember the reason for the holidays we are celebrating.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions & money and they can take away your health.  But no one can ever take your precious memories–So, don’t forget during this holiday season & every day to make Memories!   (author unknown)

3 Grandsons

Marty’s Accident In Michigan

This will start out a little about me—well maybe a lot.  Let us start with the most recent unnatural event.  I fell down a full flight of stairs.

We left our Colorado home to go to Michigan for a surprise Party for my sister’s 60th birthday and also to visit my Mom (what a story here—but later).  The Party was held in a Lutheran Church social hall and some of the relatives & a few of my sister’s friends went back to a niece’s home.  Well after awhile, I was getting restless and feeling like a bathroom break may help cure me.  I opened the first door which pushed inward with my left hand, took a step; vaguely remember thinking “what can I grab”.  My next conscious moment was at the bottom of 14 wooden stairs on a cement floor.  I came to only to see a wrist that had my hand aiming in an unnatural 45-degree angle.  I got a little frantic about removing my watch, but had no idea what was happening. Our youngest daughter’s face came into view and she was telling me to lie still because I had been injured and help was on the way.  Even though I don’t remember much after that, I guess I let out a blood-curdling scream when moved to a backboard.  Guess what—I talked about my medications, my replaced knees and my spinal fusion all the way to the hospital in the ambulance.  My husband who was riding in the front told me this.  I remember nothing.  Had a 3” inch cut on my head—the Dr. told me “I am going to give you lidocaine, before I staple.  I said “no lidocaine”, just staple.  Apparently my face never changed nor did I apply pressure to the hand my daughter was holding.  Guess I was a little shocky.  No alcohol involved .

Apparently I was moved to what is called a ‘step down” unit which is like ICU.  I had surgery the next day with metal pins placed in my wrist and a Fixator—kind of like a head halo, with a metal bar and pins holding bones together.  I do remember the “Dr. McSteamy” who was my anesthesiologist.  Shortly after that the Dr. who was the Administrator came to see me.  I asked, “How am I doing?”  I guess he answered “Fine considering what you have been through”.  I replied “Great, I am going to the casino tomorrow”.  Do I remember any of this “NO”?

So bottom line I had 10 rib breaks on 6 ribs—4 had 2 breaks. I dislocated & fractured my clavicle, and punctured my left lung—not to mention the colorful bruising.  OK, under the bottom line—our 8 day trip became a month, I did not break my spinal fusion, I am not paralyzed, both knee replacements are intact and as far as we can tell no noticeable brain damage—jury may still be out on that.

Found out that there were black marks on the wall going to the basement about a yard up the wall.  My husband looked at my NEW shoes that I had been wearing and both had large scuff marks on the inside of the sole.  Man—I saw none of it.  Never went back to the scene of my accident.  Maybe next visit.

I tried very hard to entertain the staff with humorous stories and was told I was popular, but REALLY needed rest.  I am on the road to recovery and we will go back through some other incidents later.