I'm proudly displaying my 2016 A-Z Challenge Survivor badge!
This winter, when I was spending a fair amount of time stuck in a recliner with a ruptured quad tendon, waiting for and recovering from surgery, and enjoying morphine for the first time in my life, I came across a post about the A-Z Challenge. I had seen such calls for the challenge in previous years, but this time I thought it time to join the fray. I decided on a theme of places I’d like to visit and then set out to find exotic places for each letter. I have always considered myself well-traveled (I’ve been in 47 states, 5 Canadian Providences and 22 countries plus two Danish territories). But with this challenge, I began to realize just how much more there is to see… It was fun to dream and to explore such places and then create A-Z posts.
I set a goal to have each post up by 6 AM (setting them to be published the night before). I had written five or six posts before the month began which helped me especially during the busy weeks. I was delighted to read post for a number of new bloggers (at least new to me) and to have a number of new folks comment on my blog.
Will I do this again? I’m not sure, but maybe. A future topic could be favorite authors (but do I have name for each letter?), places I’ve been, music, trees, flowers, rivers… So many possibilities.
On the home front, the doctor has cleared me for sailing and kayaking! I’m still not cleared to go back on duty at the volunteer fire department. I am a little sad, but even if I was just supporting on the outside, he was afraid that climbing up and down on trucks still had too much of a possibility for a fall that might re-injure the tendon. I am now wearing a much less restrictive brace on my knee and am still in physical therapy. I can tell that my muscles are strengthening, but there is still a difference between my injured leg and the other one. I go back to the doctor in a month. We’ll see what he says then. Hopefully I will be cleared for most activities, even though I will still be working on gaining my strength in my left leg.