The Word

A busy week leading up to the first long weekend of the year. We have been fortunate not to have had to clear snow.


Our son-in-law, Tom, broke his ankle. Lisa and I have been looking after Scarlett and Cooper while Tom and Kelsie waited in the city for surgery. After three days of waiting from 2pm to 10pm in the hospital, all gowned, prepped, fasting, no pain killers, not able to drink, spending the nights in a motel, Tom was called and had his surgery to pin his ankle back together. He is home resting.

Everyone says that’s the way our healthcare system works now. Wait and hope. Still better than most of the world.

I think we could do better. What Tom went through is bullshit. Because it is ‘the way it is now’ doesn’t make it better.  Six days after it was broken he had it fixed. It is lucky they didn’t have to rebreak it.


The kids have been great. It’s been a long time since we have had to get kids ready and get them off to school. It takes energy and time. My boss has been very understanding considering it is busy.

One of the things I like about being just a regular employee is management doesn’t expect you to be as committed to the ‘job’ as, they have to be.


Coming home after work. I was cut off by one of our neighbours/tourists from the next province, narrowly avoiding an accident. Later, I was tailgated by another, before they blew by me, a Mercedes SUV, one license plate, in a hurry to have fun.  

It is the first long weekend of the year and I’m already sick of them. 

12 thoughts on “The Word

  1. mountaincoward

    Understand your last comment totally – I feel exactly like that all year too and for the same reasons (although I’m usually the one overtaking the slow tourists here as they daydream along the roads in a stupor!).

    Poor Tom (that’s a Led Zeppelin track by the way) – he must have been in terrible pain all week. Terrible he had to wait 6 days and I can’t imagine how they didn’t have to re-break it!


    1. underswansea

      Poor Tom is a Led Zeppelin track. Shit I should have known that. Tom got news today that the pins have to come out after it is healed. Shit!

      Here the tourists drive $100,000 + vehicles and go like skinned hell.


      1. mountaincoward

        Poor Tom is on one of the least known Led Zep albums though (Coda) – bit of an afterthought album using up all the previously unreleased stuff).

        I thought they always took pins out? they leave plates in.


      2. underswansea

        The doctor Tom has takes the pins out. I have pins in my knee, ankle and a rod that runs the entire length of my tibia where the marrow would be. They have been there for 25-30 years. They would have to hold a gun to head to take those pins out.


      3. underswansea

        I was awake when they pounded it in. I was on morphine and tripping and got it in my head that if they put me out I’d die, so they gave me a spinal. It was like they were hammering in a railway spike.


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