Melinda’s Brew : Oh, For A Bacta Tank!

Melinda’s Brew : Oh, For A Bacta Tank!

This is not the blog you’re looking for.

Well, it is Melinda’s Brew, but this is not the post I was planning for today. As I contemplated my two March posts when I flipped the calendar from February to March, I had very definite ideas about what topics I would be covering. I even wrote out the blogs — long-hand. However, I put off typing them until it got closer to post day (as I usually do; it has to do with my work schedule). Was that a mistake! I was up on a high extension ladder, painting our kitchen, when bang, boom, splat! I came crashing down — along with the ladder (which slid out from under me, by the way) and the tray full of red paint. Yes, that vibrant color got everywhere — everywhere but where it was supposed to! When all was said and done, I had a number of cuts, scrapes, some pretty horrendous bruises (some of which are still with me), a couple of broken ribs, and a broken left arm. While the cracked ribs offer their own challenges, it’s the broken arm that is causing me the most consternation. It is not in a cast, but in an immobilizing sling. The break was near my shoulder, leaving me with no use of the arm. I can’t lift it at all. I’m typing one-handed at this moment. Suffice it to say, this makes life rather challenging for a writer. It takes me at least 3 times as long to do anything. 😉 I cannot wait until I have the full use of both arms! I know that day is still more than one month away. I go to the doctor this Wednesday to get a progress report. I hope the indication still is that I won’t need surgery, that I’m healing well. 🙂

This experience certainly has gotten me thinking about medicine and the world of Star Wars. I’ve been thinking mostly of Luke’s rehabilitation on Hoth after his run-in with the wampa, followed by his near-death freeze before Han rescued our young Jedi-In-Training. What I wouldn’t give for a bacta tank right about now! Or a Jedi with special healing capabilities. 🙂 (Can you tell I’m getting a little impatient with all this? lol I’m trying to temper my impatience. I don’t want to start that slide toward the Dark Side. 😉 )

I think it is both amazing and incredible how technology has begun to catch up to those “far-fetched” ideas that appeared in the Star Wars Saga. Now, we need modern medicine to catch up! 🙂 It might not happen in my lifetime, but I hope it does one day in the not-too-far-off future. 🙂 Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

Accidents happen … unfortunately, they have a tendency to occur at the most inopportune times! In this case, I’ve had to just let some tasks go, or at the very least postpone. I’m just trying to baby my body — to reduce the amount of pain I experience and to help (I hope!) the healing process. I did make it down to New Orleans to find housing for Caitlin for next year. Tom, bless his heart, took off from work so he could accompany me (I can’t dress myself. Too much information? lol). We were able to find an apartment for Caitlin and her two friends, all of whom are spending their junior year of college studying abroad. One lady actually said to me: “You’re going to stay off ladders from now on, aren’t you?” Did Luke ever turn his back on his tasks at hand after falling victim to some mishap, malady or limb loss? No! Did Anakin? Han? Leia? No, no, no! You pick yourself up, adapt, and move on! 🙂 I still have more painting to do. It just will have to wait a couple of months. 😉 (For those of you who would suggest Tom handle the next phase, I’ll just say all the close work entailed with it would best be done by yours truly. 😉 )

I’ve begun to type my (originally-intended) blog into the computer, but it’s a slow, laborious endeavor. Maybe I’ll have it done by April 15 if I do a bit every day. (One-handed, I type faster than Tom. 😉 Although I know he’d do it for me without question if I asked him. 🙂 ) I have missed reading everyone’s posts here at CWK, and I promise you I’ll back track to see what I’ve been missing. 🙂 It just may take me a while. I feel a little like Han after Leia released him from carbonite. lol I’ve been out of it for a while, and now it’s time to find out what I’ve been missing. 🙂 I have missed you all, and it feels great to be back (even if only in small spurts).

As always, MTFBWY 🙂

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  1. Joyce Dellinger
    March 30, 2014 at 14:59 Reply

    I hope you get better. I understand what it is like to be layed up. I’m permanently disabled from an accident that happened to me a few years ago. To make matters worse this month, I’ve been fighting a virus that won’t let go. I think it’s finally leaving. Don’t concern yourself with getting things done. They’ll get done someday. That’s my way of thinking. A person just has to pace themselves while they heal. Loved your references to Luke, Anakin, Leia and the rest of the Star Wars gang.

  2. Jay Krebs
    March 30, 2014 at 21:54 Reply

    It’s SO great to “see” you here, dear Melinda! Ever since I heard of your accident I have been praying and sending you good vibes through the Force, as I’m sure I speak for the other “regulars” around here! It just hasn’t been the same without you, seriously.
    You should be getting a little get well token in the mail very soon, by the way!
    All that said, you really are a trooper, plunging forward despite your pain and injury. You know I can empathize!
    Just continue to take care of yourself and focus on getting better. We aren’t going anywhere, promise! 😉

  3. Joe2 Taylor
    March 31, 2014 at 14:45 Reply

    Believe it or not, you just confirmed what my May Blog is going to be. Medicine in the GFFA has been something I’ve been thinking about doing a blog about for a long time, especially given my personal health issues. I just have to do some research and stuff.

    I’m sure you probably type faster than me with just your one hand. Get well soon.

  4. Lillian Torres
    March 31, 2014 at 15:53 Reply

    Glad to see you around these parts again. ((hugs))

  5. Lisa
    April 1, 2014 at 17:28 Reply

    Nice to see you, my dear friend. I’ve done the ‘broken bones’ thing enough times in my life to know how you’re feeling – It’s a royal pain in the butt! The simplest things become impossible, and your patience goes on the fritz. I’m glad Tom is there to help. Here’s to a full recovery, ASAP!

  6. Troy Metzler
    April 1, 2014 at 20:46 Reply

    Oh my gosh Melinda! You poor thing! I can just imagine the red paint at the scene of the crime. I mean crime BTW. It is a crime for a great writer, such as yourself, to get placed on the DL like that. Just lay back with a cup of tea, close your eyes, then visualize 2-1B fixing your arm, believe in it, and you will heal much faster.

  7. Jeff M
    April 4, 2014 at 10:05 Reply

    Here’s to a quick recovery. I broke my right arm when I was 22 and I couldn’t use it for several weeks. I’m VERY right-handed, so it took forever to do ANYTHING. Just be patient and don’t jump back in too early.

    May the force be with you, we miss you!

  8. Becca Benjamin
    April 4, 2014 at 21:28 Reply

    ((((HUGS)))) ….. gentle ones, of course 🙂

    Miss you more than you know, my friend.
    Been thinking of you a lot lately, wondering how you’re doing etc.
    So very thankful that Tom is there to help you through your daily trials, he’s a godsend 🙂

    Sending positive vibes and thoughts your way!

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