RAOK: Foiled

The other day at the grocery store, the lady in front of Katie and I in line was looking through the impulse buy rack for Pretzel M&Ms. She explained that her granddaughter had her tonsils out, and was finally able to eat solid food after a week or more. This was the one thing she was really craving.

They weren’t on our lane, so Katie went to the other check out lanes to see if they had some. They didn’t, but I was still impressed that she tried.

It turned out that I had forgotten something, so when I ran back to get it, I picked up one of the big bags of Pretzel M&Ms for the lady, thinking I could buy it and give it to her as a random act of kindness.

Of course, as I was running back to the checkout line, I saw her rolling her grocery cart to the door.

Back in line, the checker looked at the M&Ms and said, “Oh, that’s funny. The lady before you was looking for these.” Um, yes.

Katie remembered what the lady looked like, so I sent her out to the parking lot to see if she could find her and give them to her. No dice.

We looked again when we left the store, hoping that we’d see her returning her cart. But we didn’t see her anywhere.

Katie was bummed because she liked the idea of the surprise. But when she figured out that now we’d “have to” eat the M&Ms ourselves… she got over it.

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Another Fall (minor)

When I saw that a text came in 3 minutes before practice was scheduled to end, I knew Maggie had fallen. Practice never ends on time, and it certainly doesn’t end early.

Maggie twisted her ankle during a drill, and she couldn’t walk on it. I’ve decided that Maggi’s not walking on it is an improvement. Previously, she’s tried to “walk it off” when she got hurt and was in serious pain. She finished a basketball game with a broken thumb.

More good news is that nothing is broken, nor is anything seriously injured. She’ll be in an AirCast that comes up to her knee.

She inflamed/irritated both her growth plate and her Achilles’ tendon.

The doctor was great. After a discussion about whether the future of girls lacrosse has helmets, he gave Maggie a specific series of goals to hit so that she can get back in the game. Without pain, she must walk, then jog, then run, then drills, then practice, then game. If she has pain in any one of those steps, she cannot go on to the next step.

Also, thanks to this doc, I now finally understand what a growth plate is*.

The boot, is, apparently, heavy. Maggie is not much of a fan.

She will wear it for a week to 10 days.

Then, we work on the series of steps.

She cannot play in her game this weekend.

But, she can still attend practices with some modifications. As long as she is careful and doesn’t do more than she should, she can still work on her skills while she is healing.

The good news: So far this year, I’ve had one whole month without a trip to the orthopedist. In 3.5 weeks, we’ll get a chance to double that.

Fingers crossed!

*Calcium deposits at the end of bones that will grow into bones. Its how bones get longer!

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Dear Dad,

I promise I haven’t been sitting on my behind. I will admit I have been trying to take it a little easier to prepare for my PT. But I’ve stayed pretty active anyway.

But DailyMile doesn’t allow me to put tennis into the mix, so it doesn’t show up on the side.

So, here is some of the tennis I’ve played recently:

Wed. 2/19: 1.5 hours drills
Sat. 2/22: 1.75 hours, Match (lost, 2 sets)
Sun. 2/23: 2.25 hours, Match (lost, 3 sets)
Mon. 2/24: 1.5 hours drills
Tues. 2/25: walked 2.25 miles at the Y, then went to the doc
Wed. 2/26: 1.5 hours tennis lesson (COLD)

I’ve got nothing planned today, but I will probably play some tennis tomorrow afternoon.

Also, I’ve replaced my dead FitBit Force with a FitBit One. I’m not quite as impressed with it as I was with the Force, but it is still pretty good. In the 2 full days I’ve worn it, I’ve gotten over 10,000 steps, and over 10 floors. Considering the amount of time I’ve spent driving lately between soccer and lax practice, PSR, school, Target and the other places I have to go… not too shabby.

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Conversations with an 11(.5) year old

This week, I’ve had some interesting conversations with my daughter while I’ve driven her to school. Topics have included

  • anorexia
  • bulimia
  • overeating/compulsive eating
  • drug addiction
  • why people do drugs in the first place
  • National Charity League
  • why it is important to do service work
  • why teaching is a hard job
  • why teachers retire
  • the 2 point conversion

Pretty average week.

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