You may not have heard (though I don’t know how!) that Rachel is now a fully licensed Maryland driver! She’s had her permit for a long time – nearly nine months or maybe even almost a year? – but she hadn’t taken the time during the winter to take the driving test. She passed easily this Thursday, and she can now drive her siblings around for the next five months, at which time she can drive friends. She’s quite excited!
She also took her placement test at Hagerstown Community College, and she has move from being a homeschooler to being a registered HCC student. She’ll be taking English, Ceramics, and Web Design in the fall, as well as finishing her current math course at home.
I spent a lovely evening at my friend Mindy’s with several women, painting a kit picture. We transferred a basic design, and then we followed instructions to build the painting from the bottom up. Mine turned out pretty well, and it was a lot of fun. We all agreed that we should do more crafting together.
For the past few months, a group of these same women has been gathering on Wednesday nights at a local bar for trivia. We did pretty well, making it through the playoff rounds into the “world series.” We did horribly in the final game, finishing about 1/3 from the bottom out of 60 teams, but we had a blast (and learned a lot along the way).
And now for the gross stuff – the left foot continues to heal. Skip now if you don’t want to see a pic or two. Here’s what I hobbled around in for the second week after surgery. I was out of the black tilt shoe (thank goodness!), but still wrapped in a lot of compression bandage, and wearing part of this air cast.
At the one week mark, I still had a LOT of bruising. The pain was not at all from the incision, but from all pain everywhere else on my foot!
Yeah, that bruise is actually worse than it looks. And HURTS.
At the two week mark, I was released from the compression wrap, which means that I could add the top to the air cast. I’m now hobbling around quite nicely, the bruising has gone down a LOT, and I’m feeling much better. I wear the air cast until the end of June, at which point I get the surgery for the other foot.