Monday, February 23, 2004

A New Appreciation for Christ...
My Current Mood: The current mood of crimsondove at

This weekend was.. um... very eventful. Yeah, that's a great way to put it. I am lucky I am still breathing with the luck that's following me around lately.

On Friday, I was able to complete all the work on my desk. For that, I was grateful and happy, not to mention it was payday. After running to the bank, and to the grocery store, I was very, VERY tired, and somewhat cranky, I will admit. So when my mother called and told me she wanted to fax me something, I asked Sarah to run upstairs and grab some paper to put in the machine. She asked me to finish her dishes and she would be right back.

I sauntered up to the sink, and started to get the utensils out of the sink and place them in the dishwasher when a bunch of silverware fell out of my hands (see tired, VERY tired above). Not realizing what I was actually doing, I moved my hands in a downward fashion. When I saw blood and felt a sharp pain throughout my left arm, I looked down and realized I had shish-ka-bob'd the palm of the hand on a carving knife. The knife had been sticking up, and whammo!

I lifted my hand up and the knife fell out, accompanied by more pain and a gush of dark red blood. My knees went weak and I don't remember much, except for Sarah putting paper towels on my hand and telling me to "apply pressure!" and Sarah calling her Grandma, the surgical nurse, who lives a couple blocks away. I remember sitting down on a chair Sarah got me, but keeping my hand over the sink... and then Lindi was there... and then Grandma was there... and then Lindi was getting me to the car to go to the Urgent Clinic.

I finally started to calm down in the car, even though the pain was intense. When we got to the U's Redwood Clinic, they were able to see me right away. The treatment began something like this:

Nurse: "Okay, we need to irrigate with salt water and antibiotics to flush the wound and prevent infection."

Dumb Me: "That sounds fine."

Nurse: "It's gonna hurt a bit. We have to force the water into the wound and start it bleeding again to make sure there's nothing bad going on."

Dumb Me: "I understand, go right ahead."

Nurse: "Here we go."


Lindi tried to help by holding my hand (probably to prevent me from decking the nurse) and trying to take my mind off of what was going on by asking what I had gotten for dinner, blah blah blah. Between the tears and the snot running down my face, I am not sure if I actually spoke or just nodded.

The doctor came in after that and said that it looked like I had missed all the major nerves that run through the hand (of which there are many) and the wound was very clean (thanks to whoever got us the knives for our wedding present - we love you!). She was able to avoid stitches and they used medical "superglue" to coat the entire wound, then applied a pressure bandage.

*Throb, throb. Throb, throb.*

Thank God I had just refilled my Lortab for my back!

As the days go by, there seems to be more function and more strength, but it's tough. I can't shower myself, can't put a bra on, can't tie my shoes. Fun.

Saturday was the Gold Canyon Candle party, and we had a BLAST. About 8 people showed up, but we really had a lot of fun. For those of you who weren't able to make it, we are leaving it open until this Saturday, so you can get your orders in.

Saturday night was just me, Lindi and the Lion King 1 1/2.

Sunday was The Lion King 1 1/2 with Summer and Karen, light housecleaning, and Sunday dinner at the Inman's. Very relaxing. Trust me, I needed it.

Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale...


Lindi's family is planning a HUGE family cruise to Alaska on August 8th. As a wedding present, her parents are buying our cruise tickets! I cannot tell you how excited we are. It's a full 7 days excursion out of Vancouver, BC.

Norwegian Sun sails round-trip from Vancouver this year on Inside Passage cruises. The flexible, casual cruise experience is popular with families.

On board features include nine restaurants for casual, anytime dining; two-deck show lounge, central atrium, observation lounge, spa and fitness center, wrap-around promenade deck, basketball/volleyball court, golf driving range, batting cages, chapel, sports bar, champagne bar, casino, kids and teens centers."

I have never been out of the country, never been on a cruise ship, never gone to Alaska... this trip will be amazing. We have some saving to do, but we can do it, I am sure.

Our Itinerary sounds wonderful:
Sun. Depart Vancouver, British Columbia - - 5:30pm
Mon. Cruise The Inside Passage
Tue. Port-Ketchikan, Alaska 6:00am 3:00pm
Wed. Port-Juneau, Alaska 7:00am 1:30pm
Cruise Sawyer Glacier
Thu. Port-Skagway, Alaska 7:00am 8:00pm
Fri. Port-Wrangell, Alaska 12:00pm 6:00pm
Sat. Cruise The Inside Passage
Sun. Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia 7:00am

I Can't Wait!


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