Since arriving in southern California my crutches and cast have attracted a boatload of comments.
Stranger driving by: Hey! Guess we’re going to have to cancel our tennis game, eh? Heh! Heh! Heh!
Woman in Catalina Hot Springs RV park: My nephew broke his fibula. Was laid up in bed for 6 months. Couldn’t even use the bathroom.
Man walking his dog pointing at my husband, John: Did you have to kick him that hard? Ha! Ha! Ha!
Man next door to our RV: Took my grandson’s fibula only 6 weeks to mend, but the x-ray revealed it healed crookedly. Doctor had to rebreak and set it. Poor kid had to start all over again.
Woman swimming in Catalina Hot Springs RV Pool: My friend broke both fibulas. Thought they healed but when the 4 week x-ray came back, found out the bones had spiralled. Doctor straightened and pinned them together with screws and plates. Still can’t walk right and that was 2 years ago.
Man swimming by in the “Fountain of Youth” swimming pool: You should see the other guy. Am I right? Ha! Ha! Ha!
Woman next to me during water aerobics: I did the same thing to my fibula. After 3 months the darn thing never even started to mend. Just floated around unattached. Doctor finally took a piece off my hip, stuck it between the two fibula ends and screwed everything together. That was 10 months ago and it’s still not 100%.
My dad: Come on Tiny Tim.
Man in the next RV: Broke my heel. More pins in me than a damn pin cushion. Worst part, they charged me near 500 bucks for my walking cast. What did yours run you?
My own mother at Bingo to a group of 50 or so: I just want to say that this is my daughter. She has a broken leg and last night she won 5 out of 10 games at Bingo, so watch out.
Woman floating by on her noodle in Wilderness Park pool: I had crutches years ago. Was in a terrible accident. My legs were a mess. Never thought I’d walk again despite what the doctors and physiotherapist told me. Let me show you. (Lifts her foot out of the water. It’s missing four toes.)
All of which I’ve taken in stride because I get it. People want, need, to share their horror stories. Don’t believe me? Watch what happens when someone announces they’re pregnant. Anyway I was good. Was keeping a sense of humour until this elderly, very edlerly woman exclaimed,
“Snowboarding? At your age? Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!”
Shelley and John
Catalina Spa RV Resort, Palm Desert, California. $15 full hook up with RPI membership. Pools, spas (hot tubs), pickle ball, daily activities.
Wilderness Lakes RV Resort, Menifee, California, $10 full hook up with RPI membership. Pool, spas, pickle ball and sporatic arranged activities.
Fountain of Youth RV Spa Niland, California, $17 with BCAA, dry camping but have access to all its amenities. DID NOT FEEL ANY YOUNGER!