Last Friday, I paid another visit to my orthopedic surgeon to determine how much longer my leg will remain in a fiberglass cast monstrosity. The X-ray conveyed calcification in my femur, a great sign.
The doctor proceeded to take off the cast with the hope of placing my leg in a soft cast for 6 weeks. He bent it and muttered “Hmm, no good, too ‘rubbery.’ I need to recast it and you will need to wear it for 3 more weeks.” My heart sank, and all the energy was sucked out of the air. Toughen up ‘Pretty Cripple’, you will get through this, I thought. I toyed with an imaginary conversation to boost my morale.
Me: Ok, that isn’t the best news, but at least you didn’t say ‘I’m sorry, but we are going to have to remove your leg and replace it with a peg leg.’
Surgeon Barry: Yes, you could look at it that way.
Me: Peg legs aside, I need some pain meds. I love lucidity though. Can you prescribe something that won’t make me look like this?
Surgeon Barry: Shakes his head and says ‘Ha, ha, can you do that again?’
Me: (I make my ‘Percocet face’ again but delivering more animation.) I am sensitive to pain meds and just lie in bed rocking back and forth. I like my brain the way it works. I don’t want to feel numb and take 1 minute to respond to a simple question such as “Do you like Dr. Brown’s cherry soda?”
Surgeon Barry: Have you ever had Tramadol? It might make you a little sleepy, but you won’t rock back and forth.
Me: Yes, I had some after my wisdom tooth was taken out. Sold. Tramadol it is.
When I returned home with my meds I had something to lift my doldrums. Three of my girlfriends planned a weekend long visit to decorate my cast.
Although I have felt like a ‘shut-in’ since July 2nd, I have had plenty of time to obsess about some things many of you would never entertain in July. Fall fashion. Summer designer sales are almost over and fashion designers are loading my email box full of fall fashion images.
The last thing a shut-in should pay attention to is one’s complexion. Since my teen years, I have always thought of myself as a high-priestess of skincare. I love new skin care products, facials, peels, microdermabrasion and on and on. A little effort goes a long way. There is no reason your skin should look like America’s decrepit infrastructure. So let me clue you in about one of many products I use to exfoliate and rejuvenate my skin.
Every day I try to remind myself that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade with at least 4 oz. of good Polish vodka. Otherwise, you might end up eating a handful of Percocet like Tic-Tacs. On the bright side, I have friends, family, a 46 inch LED TV with Blu-Ray and a long list of movies, which keep me entertained. My mind often wanders and I wonder what would be if I broke my femur in 1858 and lived outside of NYC. I wouldn’t have Tramadol for starters. I would probably be addicted to morphine and have to whore myself out to get the next fix. All the while sitting uncomfortably in an ugly wooden wheelchair, feathered bonnet, wearing a corset while slowly asphyxiating myself. Then I would roll home, churn butter, press my mother’s lace blouse, turn the oven on and shut all the windows. Talk about a mundane infernal existence. God, they didn’t even have online courses back then!
TWO and a HALF more weeks, people! Summer, at least, will still be here. Enjoy life and be grateful of having first world dilemmas such as grass fed organic butter or ersatz margarine?!
December 25, 2014 at 9:14 am
December 20, 2014 at 5:51 am
It reminds me of what Frida Kahlo did with her body casts.
I’m quite excited to have found you because I’m a disabled style/life blogger too! Your style is edgier than mine but I love it.
December 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm
Hi Charlotte, thanks for reading my blog and following me on Pinterest. Stay stylish and keep hashtagging the crap about disabled stylish gals.
November 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Love your blog. I am going to copy your decorations on my new full leg plaster
November 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm
Thanks for writing and happy I can entertain you. How long will you be in a cast? Make it crazy looking. You might as well. I saved mine and want to turn it into art to hangh. Regards, Magdalena
October 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm
Has your leg tottaly healed?Hope you feel better.
September 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm
Very nice decorated cast.Did you take the cast off?Hope you feel better and dont have any pain.
September 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm
Yes, my cast is off, but now I have a soft one which stays on for 3-4 more wks with luck and lots of physical therapy in between. thanks for the well wishes. So far still in pain but trying to keep my chin up.
August 16, 2014 at 10:38 am
Bummer about the cast, but I have to say, you look ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Love those shoes, and that is far and away the best cast art job I’ve ever seen.
Chicken comes in a can now!?!? WTF!? Like injecting them full of hormones and antibiotics isn’t enough, they have to can it now too?!? EEEEEW.
August 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm
Thanks for the shout out. Can you imagine serving that chicken on a platter for Christmas to a potential suitor’s family and pretending like you are a culinary artist? Ok, shit like that totally cracks me up.
August 15, 2014 at 1:26 am
Sorry for your accident, I was t-boned on my Vespa and have been in a long leg cast for the past four months, but its my left leg so I can drive and get to work, love the cast art! You get used to it and hopefully you will be better soon!
August 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm
So sorry about your slip/fall. Having done something similar, i can relate. Please be careful and heal quickly–I love your wit, sense of humour and your indomitable spirit!
July 31, 2014 at 5:52 pm
Thank you for the article share. Love the hats! I keep a big hat supple to stay out of the sun after a peel. Peel season is right around the corner! Nothing like a deep clean in the fall!
August 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm
Yup, Tanya, you got that right. Peel season is around the corner. I keep hats around the clock to protect me from the sun or else melasma will kick my ass. Thanks for reading my blog.