We had been going for a couple of hours (with a rest stop for us girls tossed in) when ...
|"Did you forget your camera, Mom?"|
"Hey ... this isn't the way to Quivira!"
It was very odd. We started going the Quivira way, then headed toward a city. Hmm. Eventually, we pulled into the parking lot by a bunch of huge buildings, got to walk around the grassy areas a little, and had some water. Then Maggie and I got back into the HR-V with Dad, cranked up the air conditioning, and just hung out. For quite a while.
Meanwhile, Mom had gone into one of the buildings and stared at this for a couple hours:
There were also a bunch of people who came and went and bent her thumb all around and looked at the x-rays and MRI they had taken at Fort Riley and then someone called "the specialist" said the words Mom was hoping to hear - "no surgery needed". YAY!
Remember the fall Mom took back in March? In addition to everything else, she also did some damage to the ligaments in her left thumb. The orthopedic surgeon she had been seeing at Ft. Riley wanted her to see another orthopedic surgeon with more specialization in injuries to the hand/wrist, and gave her a referral to a guy in Wichita. That's where we went! (And we girls only went because Mom and Dad didn't know how long it would take and as is, it was shorter than they thought but we were gone almost 8 hours.)
Anyway, we celebrated the good news by going to a magical place called Spangles afterwards!
|"I smell burgers!"|
"I smell chick-hen!!"
It was totally worth the trip! Maggie and I got a bite of Mom's burger! It was the tastiest burger we've ever had!
And don't worry, Maggie and I are continuing to take good care of our mom.
|"Don't do anything we wouldn't do, Mom."|
"Hey, Mom. Looks like you're only up by one in the Opposable Thumbs Game now."
Mom is relieved and we all hope that this will allow her ligaments to heal up - it's just going to take time. And patience.
Some of you have been asking about Mom's recovery, so that's why we shared this. Everything else is going splendidly. We appreciate you asking very much.
Have a great day, everyone! And stay cool!
PS: Did I mention we stopped for burgers??????