Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Emergency Room

Friday night about 10:00 Doug came dragging in from his mountain bike ride out into the desert. He had hit a rut and crashed. He was in pain but decided to head to bed. About 3:00 I heard him moaning and groaning and realized this wasn't just bumps and bruises. I told him to go get in the car while I got dressed and took him to the emergency room.

He has a broken rib, sprained thumb, he banged his head but had on a helmet and some nasty scrapes, cuts and bruises. So he will be out of work for about eight weeks. He does commercial refrigeration and can't climb 40 foot vertical ladders, carry tools, or any other the other things required for his trade. We do have short term disability which will help but it is going to be a LONG eight weeks.

You see he did this just over a year ago. (Anybody want a really nice mountain bike?) After the first few days he started driving me insane. He comes in every few minutes to ask what I'm doing, what we are having for dinner, do I think the world will ever be a better place.... well, not quite, but you get the idea.

So everybody please, keep me in mind with sanity thoughts and him in mind with healing thoughts.

Just in time I received my matchbox swap from Clare of the Yahoo Sketchbook Group. We each decorated a kitchen size matchbox and filled it will goodies that go with our theme: the sea. These are the wonderful little paintings she included. They are only 1 3/4 by 2 1/2 inch.

Aren't these wonderful little peaceful scenes? I love them and I have a feeling I will be putting them to good use as calming scenes the next few weeks. Thank you, Clare.
Peace and Serenity To All.


  1. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for peace of mind and hubby for healing. Very funny about selling a 'bike'. Your matchbox project sounds wonderful. Great little paintings. Such a lighthearted/lift your spirits kinda gift.

  2. Rita-I'm confused--he had the bike accident over a year ago??? Please explain!! Love Clares little paintings!

  3. Rita, I'm so sorry to hear about Doug. I hope he recovers well. That's not the way to get time off work, that's for sure.

    For your own sanity, maybe some days you'll need to grab your laptop and head to a bookstore or coffee shop! I'll bet you'll get a lot of work done.

  4. I guess I wasn't too clear. Doug crashed his bike on Friday night. He did the same thing a little over a year ago...broke 3 ribs that time. That time he was showing off. This time he just hit a rut.

  5. Sorry to hear about your husband's mountain biking accident and about the change to your peaceful serenity for a few weeks! Hope you can maintain your sanity while he is healing!

    Those little paintings are so cute! Are they photographs which have been painted over? What a cute idea.

  6. ok no more bikes for him!! I had a broken rib once....ouch! breathing was hard! It is funny when they are around how much you can not get done... bless his heart, hope he heals quickly!

  7. Now i see what the matchbook swap was all about. What a great idea! Wish I had been in on it - it's adorable. I hope your husband will soon be on the mend and that he stays away from those mountain bikes. They sound dangerous.

  8. Holy cow! So sorry to hear about Doug's accident. I'll be sure to hug you extra good when I see you this week :)

  9. I felt for you when I read this post! I will send happy thoughts your way :0) Great idea with the match boxes! And such cute paintings too :0)

  10. Hi Rita,
    I am so sorry about what happened to your husband...I have a prayer blog and I will put him on my prayer list (it's not listed online--it's my own private list.) I ask for God's healing for him and for his speedy recovery--that is so awful, but I am very grateful that he survived it...And I pray that he will be out of pain and healing quickly...what a shock for you and him both...I am so sorry to hear it.

    I saw your comment and just wanted to tell you that it is a complete spool and looks so sweet on there! The tag has alot of depth, but I think
    it is difficult to see in the photo...I put alot of care into my tags and always hope that they find a good home! lol

    Take good care and sending (((hugs))) to you and also your hubby for a speedy recovery. God bless you both.


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