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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sometimes you just need a good story

I am currently getting around on crutches. This is not a completely unusual state of events in my life. Walking into work on crutches always triggers a flurry of stares and questions. I have been injured many many times, some with funny stories and some with tragic ones, and some stories so hard I just look at people with a death stare and tell them I had an accident. I normally have a certain amount of tolerance for this, and joke and kid with the best of them.

This time, though, is different. Besides the grump factor of being in pain, I have no clue what is wrong. I stepped out of the car on Friday and it suddenly hurt and wouldn't take my weight. I did not step wrong or twist. I do not remember injuring it at all.

After watching it swell and having a harder and harder time getting around, I went to urgent care. Then on Monday to my dr. Now I am waiting for an appointment at the podiatrist. All this for a swollen ankle that has frozen and will not flex upward. I am worried this is related to the steroids and an old tendon injuring from when I totaled my car.

Meanwhile, life goes on. I love my job, even though it is exhausting and overwhelming. The kids are slowly adjusting to day camp. Things are hitting a rhythm, although I am still adjusting to all our benefits being reduced because I am working. For the summer, at least, the cost of working is slightly higher than my income. Always an interesting situation.