Greetings! I had a truly wonderful vacation in Thailand until the next to the last day. While visiting a Buddhist temple on the top of a mountain overlooking the city of Chiangmai, I missed a step on a marble platform and crashed to the floor, fracturing my left elbow and right kneecap. Luckily I was taken to a modern hospital in the city and proceeded to have surgery on the elbow that night. It was hoped that my knee would recover without surgery. My wonderful friend, Van, with whom I’d been traveling stayed with me and helped me take care of all the medical and traveling details and we finally flew home this past Wednesday. She was a godsend! We were upgraded to business class so I could travel with my leg immobilized. I saw my orthopedist here on Friday and, alas, my knee needs surgery in the near future to wire the 2 pieces of the patella together since they show some signs of separating rather than healing. That was scheduled for today but is postponed for a few days because of a snowstorm.
Needless to say, it is no fun having both an arm and a leg injury! I’m happy to say that I am already gaining mobility in my elbow and I am able to do hand appliqué and hand quilting to help me pass the time. No cutting or work at the sewing machine for a while. No swimming or accordion playing for a while either. No driving! I have figured out how to take a shower and how to use the stairs. Luckily my husband has been wonderful about helping me in every way.
There’s no reason to think I shouldn’t fully recover from this, but it’s going to take several weeks. I will post again very soon and start to share some of my Thailand pictures and adventures and include an update on my hand work. By the way, I was able to finally find and buy some Thai silk fabric the night before my injury – just in time! Will share pictures soon.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi