Cut From The Team

My mother is a big fan of the Olympics. She really likes the gymnastics. After the end of the Beijing games she decided it is never too late to pursue your dreams, even at the age of 65. On Tuesday she performed her very best, and highest degree of difficulty, bed-balancing routine ever. The crowd was wowed, but the judges were unimpressed. One MRI, 3 hours of surgery, and 8 screws later she was kicked off the team for spending too much time in recovery. Despite the sad outcome, I am proud of my mother, she never gives up.

It is quite possible, after reading that you say to yourself, “Self, how could poor Vixen take anymore?” It is because I do not have a spine. Instead, I have a metal rod. It was installed sometime in 1980 or 1981, I can’t really remember. The rod has been a tremendous help through the years, keeping the weight of the world from crushing me into non-existence.  Of course, it makes it hard to bend over sometimes, but the trade off seems fair.

Word of Wisdom: If you have a ceiling fan/light combo and can’t reach the little chain thing? DO NOT stand on the bed to reach it. Otherwise you might tumble into a wall, bump your head really hard, get a black eye, break your arm, and need to have surgery to install eight screws.

I am just saying: Get a step stool. Or your 6’2″ husband from the other room. Please.

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  1. I did the same thing years ago, but only sprained my wrist and ankle. What was mom thinking? Hope she heals well.

  2. Poor mom, and poor vixen! I hope she heals quickly, and with little pain.

  3. Good lord, Vixen, your rod must be infused with titanium! *HUGS* I hope your mom is feeling better soon.

    I just added lonnnnnnnng chains to mine cause I realized how really bad an idea this was when I almost fell a few months ago.

  4. OK I am just speechless…

  5. Mar

    Oh dear… leave it to you though to always lighten things up. Hope Mom is feeling better soon.

    (I too would have stood on the bed instead of asking for help or getting the stool).

  6. Oh gosh, that’s awful! I hope your Mom heals fast! I’m actually quite tall – 5’11”. I hope I never ‘forget’ that I need a good sturdy step ladder.

  7. Hope your mom feels better soon! I’m glad my fall Monday night wasn’t that bad!

  8. Oh my goodness. I am glad she is ok. Hugs for you.

  9. Call a priest. It’s time for an exorcism. Or maybe a voodoo practioner who can smear chickem blood everywhere to kill the evil. Babe, you inspire me.

    HUGGLES.

  10. Seriously. Tell her next time she needs to think, “How will this affect Vixen?” before she does anything.

    Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  11. Sue

    Hope she’s doing better. Unfortunately accidents happen. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

  12. Oh my gosh, just crazy how much goes on all at once sometimes. I hope your mom heals up well and that you catch a break, er, OK, maybe not a break, but… 😉 Hang in there.

  13. Hope your mom is feeling a bit better tonight. :)

  14. Goodness! Poor mom! Hope she heals up quickly.

    You know, I have a rod fused to my spine (1982). I never realized that it was what keeps me going! You learn something new every day!

  15. Ow! I hope she gets better soon!

    P.S. Happy Rockin’ Friday! :)

  16. I’m so sorry about your mom’s accident and hope she recovers quickly. One thing I’ve finally learned is NOT to stand on tippy things for any reason. It’s not easy to ask for help … but I don’t even carry the big bags of dog food to my car any more because letting the young folks do it for me saves my muscles from unnecessary soreness.
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. awww your poor mom-hope she gets better soon…I found you on allmed

  18. Oh, Vixen, I am sorry about this! I hope she will be OK.

  19. Lee

    Great post, Vixen, but I’m sorry for the circumstances that inspired it. Holy cow, eight screws. I hope her recovery is swift and uneventful.

  20. You are amazing Vixen! Hang in there woman and prayers for a really speedy recovery to the aspiring Olympian!

  21. OUCH to both of you!!!

  22. I told my grhnemotadr how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

  23. It’s spooky how clever some ppl are. Thaksn!

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