Antique Crutches

Antique Crutches
We have upgraded the crutches only by attaching pathetically uncomfortable padding to the armpit section and the hand section. We have come a long way, haven't we?

Friday, July 16, 2010


Since getting out of my fiberglass cast and my air cast I have been a free woman. Gone are the crutches and the wheelchair. I can now walk up and down stairs although walking down stairs is tricky-it seems super awkward for some reason. I have gone through my physiotherapy and now I just have to 1. reduce the swelling in my foot/leg with compression stockings, ice and elevation and 2. walk, walk and more walking needs to be done!
It was such freedom to be able to drive too. After the fifth session of physio, I was given permission to drive. What an awesome feeling! I missed driving tremendously!
I have returned to work. Originally, I returned to work only working 4 hours with minimal standing/ walking but starting this past week, I returned to work full time hours but with minimal standing /walking. Probably by the end of July I will be working full time and with a patient assignment (which means 8 hours of walking/standing). I'm looking forward to the day when I can walk for 8 hours at work and not be sore.
This ends my blog. Thank you for joining me as I travelled through my healing process! Thank you to all those who brought me treats, helped me run errands, come visit me, for taking me to the Dr's and to physiotherapy, for entertaining me and for supporting me through a sometimes very difficult and frustrating time.
I hope you have enjoyed the blog because I enjoyed making it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Goodbye Fiberglass Cast, Hello Air Cast

Today, after 10 weeks, I returned to the Dr's office. My 4th cast was sawed off. I went to the x-ray clinic, had x-rays of my ankle, returned to the Dr's office and told the good news: NO MORE FIBERGLASS CAST! Yipee! Goodbye Old Cast, Hello Walking Cast. $130 later and I can walk using both legs now using my crutches for short distances. I ran some errands with a friend after the appointment and I used my crutches and walked for most of it-except for Walmart-that would have been too much. I return to the Dr.'s in 2 weeks, to see if I am ready to start attending a physiotherapy clinic. My ankle/leg is a bit I'm sure ice packs will become my friends again. What I do have to do is put on 2 creams-one for my dry skin and one as an anti-inflammatory cream-I'm still quite swollen from my lower calf down to my toes. I also have to do my own version of physio-so I use my foot and draw the alphabet. It is harder than it sounds. Today was a Good Day!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I came across a fantastic book: Laughing Matters: Learning to Laugh When Life Stinks by Phil Callaway. I commented on it in my book review posting (a couple of posts ago), but I thought I'd share some of the hilarious lines that Phil wrote.

These were some instructions on items you buy for your home:

On a hair dryer: Do not use while sleeping or in shower.
On a portable stroller: Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage.
In a washing machine manual: Remove clothes before washing.
On an electric rotary tool: This product not intended for use as a dental drill.
From the side of a lighter: Warning: Contents flammable!
On the package of hand soap: Directions: Use like regular soap.
Found on a box for a window air conditioner: Caution: Avoid dropping air conditioner out of window.
In a microwave manual: Do not use for drying pets.
On an electric cattle prod: For us on animals only!
(p. 51).

If you ever think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in bed with a mosquito. Anita Roddick (p. 84)

Wisdom From Children
When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
Never ask your three-year-old brother to hold a tomato.
School lunches stick to the wall.
Never hold a vacuum cleaner and a cat at the same time.
Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise a cat.
(p. 161).

Classified Ads: An unexpected vacancy for a knife-thrower's assistant. Rehearsals start immediately.
Newspaper ad: Extremely independent male, 17 years old. Needs to rent a room. Call his mother at...
Advertisement: Try our cough syrup. You will never get any better.
For Sale: Bulldog. Will eat anything. Loves small children.
Child to mother after school: Our new teacher taught us all about fossils. Before she came to class I didn't know what a fossil looked like.
(p. 170).

Hilarious, right?!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Week 8

It has been 8 weeks and 3 days since I broke my leg on that walk with my friend and my new dog.
I have had 4 casts each decorated differently than the last one.
I have had countless trips to the Dr's office and to the xray lab. I have crawled up and down many flights of stairs.
What have I learned so far?

I have learned how much ice and strong opiates can help reduce the pain of a broken leg.

I have learned that not only is there physical pain with a broken leg but also some emotional frustration, loneliness and discouragement with being dependent on others (with things like grocery shopping and doing my laundry).

I have learned that family and friends will come through for me during difficult times. I have enjoyed every moment with family members (whether on the phone or in person) and every moment that I have spent with friends. I have had some friends that have gone above and beyond in helping me (i.e. picking me up on their only day off after I have completely soaked my cast after taking a shower and spending hours with me going back and forth from the Dr's office to the xray lab and back again).
I have learned how to crawl up the stairs with bowls of snacks, drinks, and other items I take up and down the stairs.

I have learned that a wheelchair can be your best friend when you have a broken leg.

I have learned to hide my pride when I go to Walmart and ride their scooters so that those who are "handicapped" (or according to Sue Sylvester from the TV show, Glee, calls handicapable) can use.

I have learned how to drive the stores' scooters and not cringe every time the reverse button is pressed and the annoying beeping begins.

I have learned to go to the movies after the lights have been turned down so that not everyone in the theatre has to see me "bum up" the stairs to my seat.

I have learned that you can live off of short term disability but that it doesn't leave much room for extras.

I have learned that not all stores are wheelchair accessible even though the store might have the buttons you can push that automatically open the door.

I have learned to laugh at myself even when I am falling flat on my face in front of my cute neighbour, almost into dog poop because my crutches stumbled and I lost balance.

Isn't it amazing to learn things when life isn't all that great! In this case, I'm happy to say that "hindsight is NOT 20/20" in this case!

Mark Lowry, Christian comedian talks about his accident and his broken leg.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Books, Books and More Books

Besides watching movies, I've also been reading some wonderful books while I've been recouperating. These are the books that I have read over the past 6 weeks.
Maybe after reading my critique, you too will want to read the books.

My Lobotomy, by Howard Dully.
This is the non-fiction account of a boy who received a lobotomy at the age of 12. Dr. Walter Freeman was convinced by Mrs. Dully (Howard's step mother) that "something needed to be done with the boy." Howard was a typical boy who didn't always listen to his step-mother, was a bit rowdy and wasn't the most attentive boy in school. The book includes pictures that Dr. Freeman took of Howard. Howard was able to gain access to Mr. Freeman's patient files and find his own file. The book is his account of the story of how he received his lobotomy but what he also endured following the surgery. A fascinating story!

Looking For Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up A Literary Classic by Irene Gammel. This book is a great find since it details (possibly) how LMM came up with the ideas for Anne of Green Gables. LMM found ideas all around her for her fun-filled character of Anne. As a lover of Anne of Green Gables, I found this book to be inspiring and original in content.

Marley & Me by John Grogan.
This is a hilarious book about how Marley, a Golden Retriever and the adventures that he has with his family. It is a really sweet story and at times incredibly sad. Marley was an adventurous dog with lots of spunk. His family had amazing patience with the dog (patience I wouldn't have had!).

The Blood of the Lambs by Kamel Saleem. This book is an autobiography of Mr. Saleem and his involvement as a Muslim Terrorist. He was trained at a young age to kill all infedels and Jews and to be prepared for Jihad(which could come at any day). which involved killing all people who were non-Muslims. After a series of events, he realized that what the Muslim gurus had been teaching him since he was of the age of 6 was wrong. He became a Christian and decided to pursue educating the world about the tactics of the Muslim terrorists. This is an unbelievable and scary account of his life. A must read for everyone.

Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman.
Mr. Timmerman makes it his missing to go the shops where his clothes are made from (flip flops, jeans, t-shirts and even his boxer shorts) in various countries. He discovers the people who make his clothes, the companies, and also that perhaps working in a clothing shop in these 3rd world countries is not a bad thing for the people. This book gives an interesting account to the clothing industry and to the lives of those who make the clothing we wear today.

Man In White by Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash spent years creating a novel based on the life of Paul (a disciple of Christ). He begins the book with a wonderful and intriguing account of Saul's life as her tortured and persecuted Christians. He then carries on to describe how Saul met Christ in the road on his way to killing more Christians. Saul was met by Christ on the road to Damascus where he was to persecute more Christians. Christ's effect on Saul was so life-changing that Saul realized the errors of his way. He spent the rest of his life teaching people about the love of Christ. Johnny Cash wrote an amazing book that gives the readers a possible insight into the life of Saul, who then became Paul.

Final Analysis: The Untold Story of The Susan Polk Murder Case by Catherine Crier.
I enjoy true crime and this true crime book is about Susan Polk who married her therapist at a young age and who after having three children, decided to murder her husband. I know that true crime isn't for everyone, but I found this book to be a real page turner.

After reading many serious non-fiction books, I decided to try something light. I picked up Laughing Matters: Learning to Laugh When Life Stinks by Phil Callaway.
Phil is a Christian speaker and author residing in a small town in Alberta. He writes of the funny times that he and his wife shared while they were trying to discover the mysterious illness that caused his wife repeateded seizures, sometimes 10-20 a day. He uses humour to get himself and his family through this difficult time. Besides using humour, he also reminds us that the Lord will always be with us through the sad times and through the humourous times. This is a lesson that we all need to remember. If you can get a copy of this book, do so and be prepared to laugh until you are crying and crying until you are laughing! "Praise the Lord for He is good... His love with endure forever." 2 Chronicles 5:13 (NIV)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Let's Go To The Movies

Since I broke my leg at the beginning of March, I have been lucky to have great friends who have great movies they can lend me! I have watched many movies over the past 6 weeks and so I thought I’d write my own review of each movie that I have seen.

In Theatres

Bounty Hunter (2010): This was a cute romantic comedy about a journalist played by Jennifer Anniston and her ex-husband, a bounty hunter played by Gerald Butler. The plot is simple: Bounty Hunter must bring in criminal into jail, but of course there are twists and turns in the plot but in the end, for me, it fell flat. There were a couple of funny parts but as usual, they are the ones that are also in the previews that you see on TV. It was light though which is what I needed! 2 out of 5 stars for being “cute”.

Brooklyn’s Finest (2010): This drama starring Richard Gere and Wesley Snipes displays the actions of “bad cops”. The movie had a promising start but in the end both my mother and I were disappointed with the plot. The movie actually was quite depressing. The movie does ask the question: Do good cops really rat out bad cops? 1 star out of 5 stars for initiating a great plot.

Date Night (2010): I’m a huge fan of Steve Carrell and I thought that his performance with Tina Fey was great! This movie is about a typical couple who are suffering from lack of romance and excitement. One night they decide to splurge and go “downtown” to a fancy restaurant. While they are there, trying to get reservations which is nearly impossible they decide to take someone else’s reservations and pretend to be the couple. They then find themselves mixed up with dirty cops, gangsters and a thrilling night! Definitely 5 out of 5 stars.

Green Zone (2010): A group of soldiers have been given orders to find the “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. When the group’s lead man, Matt Damon realizes that there are really no weapons, he goes on a pursuit for the truth.5 stars for creativity, originality and intrigue.


8 Mile (2002): I have wanted to watch this movie for a long time now and when a friend lent it to me I was thrilled. Eminem will never make money being an actor but his story is compelling and you do see him express emotion when appropriate. Once you get beyond the vulgar language, you might actually feel sorry for Eminem’s character. There are a couple of scenes and characters that make no sense to me and could totally be erased from the movie. He is trying to get out of the 8 mile of Detroit but becoming a famous rapper. We all know how this story ends! 1 star for Eminem’s first time effort at acting. He should continue to pursue his rapping career and NOT his acting career.

American Gangster (2007): This was a fantastic movie! The movie is inspired by a true story of the African American gangster, Frank Lucas. Lucas, played by Denzel Washington works up his way in the corrupt world of drug trafficking and is always running from a specialized police force to bring down all of the major drug dealers within New York City in the 1970s. The movie has wonderful extras including an interview with the real Frank Lucas. 5 out of 5 stars for having a wonderful cast, brilliant story line and the fact that it is based on a true story adds another star.

Flags of Our Fathers (2006):
This movie, written and produced by Clint Eastwood tells the story of the 6 men who raised the flag on a mountain after the USA won The Battle of Iwa Jima. The story is actually quite sad because the boys who raised the flag, they weren’t acknowledged, they died or they were so upset because they were considered to be “heroes” when really they didn’t feel much like heroes. The acting is amazing and it does tell the true story of the infamous photograph. 4 out of 5 stars. I was looking forward to the Behind the Scenes footage after the movie, but sadly there wasn’t any! (I hate that!)

Hildago (2004): Any movie with Viggo Mortensen is a winner in my eyes (just because he is so cute!). Hildago is based on a true story of a Pony Express Courier who enters a horse race in Arabia. Horse racers from all over the world come to Arabia to compete for a large sum of money. 5 stars out of 5 for filming an original story and also for the fact that it stars Viggo! Enough said!

Hurt Locker (2010): My mother and I watched this movie one day before Hurt Locker won an Oscar for Best Movie. The movie deserved it! The movie is about the specialized trained soldiers who disarm bombs in Iraq. Jeremy Renner plays the main Sergeant who is responsible for the bomb squad is at times quite arrogant and gives the impression that he thinks he is invincible and that no bomb can touch him, but in the end, you learn to love his character. 5 stars out of 5 for drama, tension and arrogant characters!

Jarhead (2005): Jake Gyllenhaal is a new recruit in the US army and we watch him go from being verbally abused in boot camp to facing the boredom in the dessert of Kuwait during Desert Storm. For many of us, this will be as close as we come to serving in the army. At times the movie can be quite slow, after watching it; you begin to realize why so many soldiers come back after war with post-traumatic stress disorder. 4 out of 5 stars. The only flaw of the movie was at times there is inappropriate language and adult issues that really are not needed in order to tell the story. P.S. I am a huge fan of any actors from the TV show, The Office and I “Jim” (John Krasinski) from The Office has a bit part in the movie! Go Jim Go!

License to Wed (2007): Starring Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Robin Williams is about an engaged couple that is going for marriage counseling with Robin Williams. I really only found one funny scene in the movie and other than that, I was really disappointed. Robin Williams isn’t as funny as he is in other movies and his role is just awkward. 2 stars out of 5, really just because I’m a fan of John Krasinski.

Man on Fire (2004): Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning star in this sweet yet action packed movie about a drunk ex-marine who becomes the bodyguard of Dakota in Mexico. Dakota gets kidnapped and Denzel is in hot pursuit to find the culprits. 3 out of 5 stars for fun filled action and suspense. Also the relationship that occurs between Denzel and Dakota is sweet, although I didn’t like the ending. I like happy endings and this movie didn’t have one.

National Treasure 1 (2004): I love these kinds of movies-movies with hidden secrets and treasures waiting. I am sure the research that went into this movie was unbelievable and that it would take a lifetime to check and recheck everything they say in the movie with historical facts. I love the guy in the movie who is a bit sarcastic and is a smart guy but not as smart as the character played by Nicholas Cage. The extras for this DVD were amazing-you get to play a game and each problem that you solve, opens up more activities on the DVD. I think that this movie could become a fantastic board game. 5 out of 5 for amazing plot.

National Treasure 2 (2007): Again another winner in my eyes. Great action, great mystery and some really funny lines. The movie continues on from where National Treasure 1 left off. More mystery and more revelation as to the American government and American history. It is sad to say but I don’t remember a lot of the US history but I have learned a lot just by watching the 2 National Treasure movies. 5 out of 5 for intrigue and great serial continuation from National Treasure 1.

Princess Diaries (2001): A sweet movie about a lanky, awkward teenager (who isn’t in the popular crowd) who learns that she is a princess. I love Julie Andrews and she has returned to Hollywood to star in this movie as the Queen of Jenovia (A made up country). This movie is a fun-filled family movie with some very witty lines and amazing costumes. It is a feel good movie and the transformation that Anne Hathaway’s character endures from being an awkward, socially inept teenager into a gorgeous princess is amazing. 5 out of 5 for just being a fun movie.

Syriana (2005): This story is about the oil industry in the middle east. The story can become quite complicated so you have to pay attention to what is happening. If you want the full synopsis, check it out online: . It was intriguing and educational to learn just how the oil industry is organized and the potential “dirty” guys involved in the organization. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars.

The Illusionist (2006): This movie was the first of two movies to be in theatres about the historical lives of magicians back in the early 20th century. Being a magician was an interesting line of work and people were amazed by what the magicians could do. In this movie starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel portrays a magician who falls in love with a duchess when they are young children. He travels the world perfecting his craft and returns to Vienna to run into the Duchess and learn that she is to marry a ruthless Prince. The Duchess and Eisenhem (Edward Norton) secretly meet and plan to run away together. The Duchess is murdered and it is Eisenhem’s quest to discover and convince the police of who the murderer is. An amazing twist in the ending and a fascinating movie to watch. 5 out of 5 stars.

The Prestige (2006): This is another fascinating movie about magicians in the early 20th century. This movie is about 2 magicians who battle it out until the end. They are both competing to create the greatest magic show ever. Unlike The Illusionist (which was released around the same time as The Prestige), this movie goes into the mechanical engineering it took in the 20th century to fascinate audiences. This movie stars Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johanson, and Christian Bale. 5 out of 5 stars. I loved The Illusionist and The Prestige equally.

Troy (2004): I have always loved the story of the Trojan Horse and this movie brings the entire story to life. It was amazing to watch the creation of the Trojan Horse and in the behind the scenes clips with the extras of the DVD, they show you how they created the Trojan Horse. Even though the horse is not in a lot of the movie and is really only filmed near the end, it is a masterful piece of work. Bradd Pitt and other actors do a wonderful job of portraying the war that occurred between the Greeks and the Trojans. The costumes, the sets and the acting is superb. 5 out of 5 stars (man, I’m on a role!) for creativity, set design and amazing actors (also not bad to look at as well-Starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom). 5 out of 5 for the stars and the story line.

Walk The Line (2005): For a long time, I’ve wanted to see the movie but never did for some reason. I’m so glad that my friends lent me the song. I had no idea what a fascinating life legend country singer Johnny Cash led! This movie, starring Reese Witherspoon (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) and Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin Phoenix plays an excellent Johnny Cash and apparently after talking with some of Johnny Cash movies, he portrays Mr. Cash very well. Mr. Cash’s life was anything but fantastic: He was raised in an abusive home, lost his brother at a young age, and suffered from alcoholism and prescription drug dependency. Thankfully, probably because of falling in love with June Carter and her sticking by him, he survived his drug dependency and alcoholism and became what we know of Johnny Cash today. Sadly, Johnny Cash died in 2003, so he wasn’t able to see this fabulous movie. 5 out of 5 for acting and singing.

What Lies Beneath (2000): This movie is a psychological thriller with a great mysterious plot. Starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer is about Harrison Ford’s character who has a sordid past. It was a great mystery and one I would watch many times. The only problem that I found is that Harrison Ford is a bad guy! Harrison Ford is not supposed to be a bad guy, but a good guy who saves the damsel in distress. 5 out of 5 stars.

Update: (these movies are not in alphabetical order).

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is a very entertaining moving. The plot is comedic in of itself: A husband and a wife leading very different lives come to discover that they are both experienced and trained hitmen. They soon discover that a hit is on the two of them for failing to hit a target (since they were preoccupied with shooting each other) and they team up to put the bad guys to bed. The lines are humourous and this movie is infamous mainly because this is the movie that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt apparently fell in love. I had wanted to watch it for awhile and when a friend came over and she chose the movie, we were soon watching this great flick. 5 out of 5 stars for great lines, amazing adventure and a funny ending.

Vacancy 2: The First Cut (2008). I love horrors! I especially love psychological thrillers just like this movie. A hotel off a country lane where not many people drive by has some very strange managers! A few sets of couples check into this hotel to find their night nothing but boring! 3 out of 5 stars for mystery but it is lacking true "scream value"!

Dark Night (2008).This movie was supposed to be a fantastic addition to the Batman series. It was supposed to be Heath Ledger's final fabulous portrayal of the Joker but for me it fell flat. It is really sad that Heath Ledger died during the filming of this movie-apparently because he got too involved in the Joker's character (that and also his overdose of drugs). If anything I found it to be quite mundane and boring. I'm sure that Batman lovers are fuming at the thought of someone being critical of a Batman movie, but for me, it wasn't worth watching. 1 star only for being slightly creative. I'm glad I didn't waste money watching it in theatres.

Raising Helen (2004). My friend really kept on pestering me to watch this movie since she said it was "amazing". I'm always leary of romantic-comedies but this movie was quite different. Helen is a successful career woman who one day finds that her sister's three children have been given to her (Helen's sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident, leaving Helen to raise a 5 year old, 10 year old and 15 year old). Helen has to give up her career, her party life and her independence to raise a few not-so-perfect kids. I'm sure it was a huge culture shock for her. I do like Kate Hudson and together with a great romantic-comedy actor John Corbett, this movie is a hit. It will make you laugh and cry. 3 out of 5 stars for an interesting plot and thankfully not the traditional girl meets boy, they fall in love, one of them lies, then they realize they can't be a part!-the usual romantic comedy equation). (I can't give it perfect 5 out of 5 becuase it really is a romantic comedy).

Lord of War (2005). I usually enjoy Nicholas Cage movies but this movie wasn't all that I hoped it would be. The plot did sound intriguing though so I was quite disappointed in the end. Nicholas Cage plays a character named Yuri (Ukrainian-so one point for that!) who turns from his mundane life as a bus boy in his father's Jewish store (long story since the family is Ukrainain) to a life of illegal arms dealing. He sells guns to everyone and anyone and he never picks sides. He has a lavish life and can supply his family with everything they want, but in the end, he does loose. I felt that during the movie, I wanted to hit the fast-forward button since the movie did seem to drag on. I did like the idea of the movie, but for some reason the movie didn't cut it for me. 3 out of 5 stars for the original plot idea but it lacked in excitement and mystery.

Blood Diamond (2006). I love this movie in theatres, and I loved it again when I watched it at home. I enjoy all of Leonardo Dicaprio and I think he is an amazing actor. He had the South African accent down pat and his co-actor, Djimon Hounsou is a powerful actor. The story demonstrates the reality of "blood diamonds". These are diamonds that are found in Africa that often come with someone shedding their blood. The movie is powerful and it makes you think twice about purchasing diamonds from war-torn contries. If you are planning on buying a diamond, make sure it is diamond from a "conflict free industry". 5 out of 5 stars for amazing plot, amazing actors and amazing message to us.

Juno (2007). This is another amazing jem of a movie with actors Ellen Page and Michael Cera. The lines in this movie are amazing and the things that come out of Juno's mouth is truly unique and creative. This is another movie that I loved in theatres and also watching it at home. After I saw the movie in theatres, I downloaded the soundtrack from itunes and loved every song. This movie is a feel good movie but it does have a wonderful message: teenagers CAN do the right thing and adults sometimes DON'T do the right thing. I think that if I were a teenager who got pregnant, I would want this movie to be my story. 5 out of 5 stars for a wonderful, feel good plot and perhaps a realistic portrayal of teenagers' lives.

Million Dollar Baby (2004). This movie won Oscars for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor and it deserved every one of those awards. The movie is about Maggie, a boxing wannabe and her coach Frankie Dunn. Maggie desperately wants to learn how to box but Frankie doesn't want to train a girl. In the end after watching her try to train herself hour after hour in his seedy gym, he decides to train her. Within one year, she is competing at "world level". It is a wonderful story about perseverance, patience and the strength of one girl. 5 out of 5 stars for portraying a fascinating story.

I hope I have intrigued you enough with these movie critiques so that you too will start a movie list of your own.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Casted Art

It is amazing to search online for casted art. I have found numerous amazing art pieces that people created using their art. Enjoy the pictures.