Wednesday, October 1, 2008

She's got a few screws loose

Well, I guess that depends on how you look at it. Mentally yes, cause a lot of people would call Julie crazy for taking up a new "hobby" in college last year and joining the Clemson women's rugby team- learning a totally new full-contact sport played against girls twice her size, and then switching positions this year and learning it all over again.

But then when you take a look at her arm, you'll see that all 13 screws are in there nice and tight. After all, she just had surgery yesterday. During her rugby match Saturday in Atlanta, someone (jury is still out) fell on her and snapped both bones in her left forearm. Jonathan took good care of her down in ATL before shipping her home to have surgery here in Columbia.

Here is my poor little sister post-op, trying really hard to have an intelligible conversation.

And I have the sweetest friends EVER. Kira stayed late to be Julie's recovery nurse, and MaryO came in on her day off to visit the patient with me. Here is Kira in action, with a thumbs-up from Julie

I noticed a blinking light at the foot of her bed: "BRAKE NOT SET." The doctor passing by saw me taking a picture and assured me that everything was secure. But I thought it was funnier to imagine her careening at top-speed through the recovery room.

Julie's sweet friend Lauren came to visit and watched a movie with her (if you can call it that- Julie was out cold in a matter of minutes.)

Here she is with the post-op pictures of her bones- check out all the screws

Don't be fooled by the big, awake smile. She was pretty drugged up most of the night. She's good at faking.

Her first day home was spent largely asleep, thanks to some strong pain meds. I can only assume that tomorrow will be more of the same, with a few smoothies mixed in. Get better soon Gulia!

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