Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Series of Fortunate Events

Today is March 26, 2009.

In the which the rabidrunner documents what happened one year ago today.
(I apologize in advance for the photos being large. I'm too lazy to change it.)


In the which Spouse's health benefits become expensive and rabidrunner complains incessantly that yearly medical expenses will not meet out-of-pocket payments.


In the which Spouse sells Harley to pay off truck so as to make health care out-of-pocket payments.

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In the which rabidrunner cries because there will be no more of this (see below), but Spouse and rabidrunner sigh with relief knowing that they will be safe now that Harley is gone.

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In the which Spouse, rabidrunner, Yahoo #1, and friends go skiing. Spouse gets big air in terrain park and crushes heels.

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In the which doctors say, “that sucks” and “oh crap” when reading x-ray.


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In the which Spouse is taken by ambulance to hospital named “Death Star”. Clock in ambulance incorrect. (In the which it's a good thing they didn't pronounce him dead... at the wrong time!)

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In the which Spouse's medical expenses exceed yearly out-of-pocket payments within first hour. Rabidrunner eats her words.

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In the which Spouse spends 5 days in “Death Star” to manage pain.

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In the which Spouse and rabidrunner have a Second Honeymoon of sorts. Friends and family bear gifts, help, and yummy food.

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In the which Dr. Drew Van Boerum puts Spouse back together using 14 screws and a plate (3 screws in right foot, rest of hardware in left).

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In the which Spouse spends 4 days in hospital to manage pain.

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In the which rabidrunner leaves Spouse with 7 babysitters to selfishly run the Boston Marathon. Finishes in 3:23 and cries like school girl.

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In the which Spouse moves about by wheelchair and hands/knees for 6 months.

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In the which Spouse establishes Midget Man Mowing Services.

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In the which Spouse learns to walk again.

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In the which Spouse walks… and skis.

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10 comments:

Mandee said...

He's skiing again! It's a Christmas miracle.

But seriously. He's incredible. And we love him!

tom lindsey said...

Surprised by the second photo where Spouse is wearing a helmet and you are not. I think that is the only time I have seen him wearing a helmet. I still chuckle when I think of the time he hit a bee and it left a small goose egg on his forehead, or the time he filled the hog with diesel. Good times, good times.

Sadly, I sold my bike last year. I miss it [sniff].

The MacMizzles said...

Holy smokes what a year for your family. One of complete triumph...truly what an inspiration. I am blown away by spouse's faith.

Winder said...

You forgot to mention "In the Which Winder finally has a baby and Spouse so selfishly ruins Rabid's time with her..." Wait that is the Winder being selfish. :)
My favorite event was the look on my in-laws face as Spouce crawls through the garage in a suit to the baby blessing

rabidrunner said...

Tom - Helmets rock... especially when you have tunes. I usually wear the helmet too but we were stopped for construction on some CO pass. It was the CBR that got the diesel not the hog... incidentally the CBR bought us a fence. My hog bought us a fireplace. Oh how I miss the recklessness of youth...

Winder - it's too bad we don't a photo of Spouse crawling over to bless your baby in a suit. Or the time he crawled half way up the movie theater seats because the handicapped seating is pathetic. Or the time he got caught crawling around like a criminal at the neighbor's house (went to feed their dog and a daughter came home).

Becca said...

In the which, Rabid Runner makes me cry as I remember the details and more importantly your amazing attitude and strength gained from the whole experience. I don't know if I could be more impressed with you and your family and the ways this has changed you for the better!

Andrea Brown said...

Wow - a year ago. I can't believe you survived it. I think I would have left the marriage. And I'm glad you left him to run the Boston Marathon!!! Amazing you all survived!

meg said...

Are you seriously not wearing a helmet in that bike picture?

Susan Whitaker said...

My husband & I just started this same journey. He fell 12' from an extension ladder onto concrete while washing windows on the 2nd story of our house. Shattered & dislocated bilateral calcaneal fractures. We are 33 days in. Suture removal & casts next week. Your story has encouraged us! He can't wait to mountain bike & surf again. Thank you for sharing. :)

rabidrunner said...

Susan... thank you so much for leaving a comment. I am so very sorry. It is tough! But life gets better and you will end up better for the wear. Hang in there and try not to get discouraged. If you need someone to chat with, by all means, please let me know. In the mean time I'll send prayers of all kinds in your direction.

therabidrunner@gmail.com