Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26, 2010

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the day Spouse Crushed his Calcaneuses. Today we plan to celebrate walking. Walking is good. Walking is great. We love walking.

We also plan to watch this video of Tanner Hall breaking his calcaneuses. (Actually, Tanner Hall broke both ankles in addition to both calcaneuses.) This video is a bit graphic but it shows some rehab footage that I find rather touching. Touching in a Wow-The-Human-Spirit-Always-Prevails kind of way.  Speaking of human spirit - have I told you how awesomely Spouse whethered that storm?  Spouse whethered that storm with the strength and willpower of eight Tanner Halls.  And two cheetahs. And three guinea pigs.  And four or five pin cushions.

In a weird way, I will forever miss that summer for it was a summer of love.  Tragedy is good.  Tragedy is a great opportunity to show the world, and mostly yourself, what you're made of.  It's a great opportunity to practice humility, kindness and service.  A "good" tragedy can also make our lives easier by forcing us to align our priorities.  Suddenly, as if by magic, you can clearly see what is important. 

I've seen a few tragic incidents since then and I always look to them in a sacred kind of yearning awe.  I know that the victims of these "good" tragedies have had their priorities magically aligned.  Aligned in a way that only a "good" tragedy can facilitate.


12 comments:

Winder said...

I know this sounds weird. As I look back I realize I loved watching you and your family go through this. It was amazing to see how well you dealt with it all. It was also nice to see your love grow. We love you guys!

Lars said...

And you found Sparks! And through Sparks Jmakin and I found you! Happy Rabidspouse recovered well. Look at you reflecting on poetic tragedies and turning them into positives.....

Aubrey said...

I can't take it. that is the MOST horrifying sound I have ever ever ever heard in my life.

Thankimony is what makes life worth it.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Um, the fact that they took Hall's boots off in the field just grosses me out. And seems to defy all protocol in that situation. The injured body part is effectively in a cast, and they took the cast off just so they could look. Dumb.

rabidrunner said...

Yeah, I don't get the boot removal part either. When Spouse made it to medical clinic (via toboggan) the nurse wouldn't even take them off. She backed right off when she heard it was the heels.

That was an awesome day. Awesome, awesome.

Sparks said...

Yes, Lara beat me to it--I hate to be grateful for someone else's misfortune, but it was exactly that that prompted you to leave a comment on my blog, planting the seeds of an Internet relationship that, gratefully, fleshed out and is incredibly important to me. Spouse as the sacrificial lamb on the alter of my happiness and well-being. What a trooper. And we've never even met.

It's much like the fact that I'm grateful that Mark was married to a psycho before wedding me. Without having married the nutso bitch first and learning that it can always be worse, our marriage would have dissolved long ago. He needed her to be able to get me.

And I needed Spouse to eff up his feet in order to acquire you. Sad but true.

Lars said...

Rabid, they most likely removed the boots in the field before the foot swelled up too much. When the body sustains injuries like that fluid builds up fast internally to the surrounding area to protect it and to start the healing process. Sometimes if things are not removed fast enough it can create problems later with swelling and removing. They may have also wanted to see why type of fracture it was since some are more life threatening than others.

rabidrunner said...

In "Outdoor Emergency Care" (the manual and certification used for most persons who administer emergency care for those recreating) says (Chapter 25, page 637):

"As discussed in the segment on lower leg fractures, the ski or snowboard boot is usually not removed until the patient is in the aid room."

Lars said...

Interesting. Thank you for the clarification. I stated my response due to my experience with athletic training. When it comes to athletic injuries it usually comes off. I stand corrected.

Jessica said...

Happy Anniversary. I love walking too.

It's amazing how grateful we can be for difficult times in our lives. We wouldn't be where we are without difficulties.

I hope you did something fun to celebrate Spouse's recovery anniversary.

Ryan said...

I'm all for a good tragedy and finding the silver lining within (or out, or whatever). I just thank you and those that followed for not uttering the "b" word. For me, the value of any happening, tragic, melodramatic, or mundane, is in our response to it. Congratulations for finding the calm in the chaos, the sanity in the situation, and the Megan in the madness.

rabidrunner said...

I get yer drift, Ryan for I too believe that a word's meaning looses it's power when diluted by frequency.