Time’s up

Today is my last day of medical leave. I’ve been off for six weeks and three days and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to get back to my job.

What a disappointing week, to say the least. I should have been back to work last Wednesday, November 9, but I asked for a couple extra days when I last saw the surgeon. I knew I’d be up late watching the election returns and I wanted to be able to sleep in. Turns out it was a smart move in more ways than one.

Being in the Pacific Time zone, I didn’t have to stay up in the wee hours to see the general direction things were going. Election Night was also a knitting group night, and since we all wanted to watch the returns I invited people to my house. We started out happily enough at about 6:30 PM. As we watched the sea of red grow on the election map on PBS we got more subdued. When the results for Pennsylvania were posted we knew it was over.

I went to bed that night with 90% certainty that HRC lost the election, but I still had some hope. The next morning all doubts were resolved.

Since then I’ve been laying low. Partly because I’m depressed and distressed by the results, and partly because I’m relishing my copious free time while it is still available.

My recuperation from surgery has been pretty smooth, but despite spending so much downtime around the house I’ve managed to injure myself. Within a single week I whacked the baby toe on my left foot hard enough that I’m sure I broke it, and then misstepped in my driveway and sprained my left ankle badly.

(My left foot and ankle have sustained more injuries than any other part of my body. I first sprained that ankle when I was 10 and have lost count of how many times I’ve done so. The last time I injured that ankle was a fibula fracture two years ago. I got a ride to the local hospital for an x-ray just to make sure I didn’t fracture it again, and was happy to find out it was just another sprain.)

Since my mobility was restricted, I’ve been rather sedentary during the past six weeks. I watched a lot of streaming media. Read a few books. Completed the knitting, blocking, and sewing up of two sweaters. Made good progress on a third sweater, and restarted knitting on a little shawl that keeps confounding me when I check the stitch count.

I’m not sure if I’m mentally ready to resume work now or not, but that doesn’t matter at this point. I think I’ll go set the alarm now so I don’t forget.

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One thought on “Time’s up

  1. Your election night sounds like mine. I had a few friends over and we were ready to party and celebrate! As the night wore on we were all absolutely horrified at the certainty of a Trump victory. I felt blindsided and depressed when I went to bed at around 3 am. I still can’t believe that half of the people in this country were conned into voting for him. He is certainly a master salesman, isn’t he? He managed to pull it off. Ugh. I am still trying to wrap my head around it, but at least I’m not waking up in the middle of the night worrying about it any more. And now we must all face what is coming and try to make the best of it. I am trying to take a news/Facebook break until things quiet down a bit. It’s helping.

    Best wishes as you return to work! With me, trying to get my brain to behave was always the hardest part upon returning to work after an absence. Remembering passwords and procedures, etc. It luckily comes around pretty quickly though! Soon enough you will feel like you never left. I hope it goes well for you!

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