By Linda Moody
January 25, 2014
I definitely want spring to get here quickly. I know it’s not right to wish time away but I’m not a lover of winter and this year especially has been a wild one.
On top of all the bad weather to contend with, my left knee has been giving me problems. I have been limping around home and the office for a couple of weeks, and was going to wait until my family doctor’s appointment in February to talk to him about it and, in the meantime, hoping my problem would go away.
I have been afraid of falling on the ice anyway, but to add a problem knee to the equation, it’s been a tense time for me.
Then last Sunday afternoon, while preparing to head in to to work by getting my bath, I fell while trying to climb into the tub. I debated on which leg to put in first. I decided to put the right one in; and then the left one gave out and I landed on my left knee. Looking back, that no matter which leg I would have put it I would have still fallen I believe.
I hurried up and put on some clothes and hobbled out to the living room where I decided I’d better call the rescue squad, which I didn’t really want to do, but knew I couldn’t drive to the hospital let alone walk into the medical facility once I got there.
Two rescue personnel showed up and brought me into Wayne HealthCare. After X-rays, I’m thankful nothing was broken in the fall but was informed there is arthritis in the knee and was referred to orthopedic specialists. My sister, Bev, let me borrow a walker she had to use until I felt safe to walk again.
A trip to the orthopedic specialist informs me that there is no arthritis and that pain from a contusion, which was also diagnosed at the hospital, can last up to 12 weeks. I don’t know what I did to it, but, I’m glad they ruled out arthritis.
Hopefully, things will get better. I don’t like depending on other people doing things for me, and I enjoy my freedom to be able to walk and go when and wherever I please.
I can’t really feel sorry for myself, because there are a lot of people with a lot worse problems than mine. However, I think everyone would feel more secure if the weather was warmer and predictable. I know I would.
Thanks for letting me vent.
• Ansonia United Methodist Church will be hosting another free movie night, showing Dunston Checks In, at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at West High and Pearl streets. Popcorn and drinks are provided for free.
• The next Ansonia American Legion fish fry is Feb. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. It’s all-you-can eat with sides, bread and butter and coffee. Carry-out is also available.
• Jan. 28 to Missy Smith (40), David Bowers, Pam Shotz Weaver and Jerry Oliver.
• Jan. 29 to Debbie Shilt, Shirley Wampler and Deb Fritz-Miller.
• Jan. 30 to Rachel Francis and Rise Labig.
• Jan. 31 to Betty Grimes, Norm Fullerton and Karen Printz.
• Feb. 1 to Sierra Stocker Hill, Larry Rainey, Claude Pace and Barb Greiner.
• Feb. 2 to Harold Riffell, Vickie Chavez, Evan Leichty,
• Feb. 3 Don Moody (60), Charlotte Metzcar, Barbara Elliott (80), Kim Rudnick, Robin Blinn, Tim Miller of Ansonia (55) and Lindsey Miller.
Happy belated birthday to Tosha Brown, Jan. 20.
Happy anniversary: Jan. 28 to Tom and Norma Magoto (65 years); Jan. 31 to Angie and Ron Drees; and Feb. 3 to Norman and Barbara Weimer.
Don’t forget to pray for: Kevin Hemmerich, Duke Gibbs, Clarence Kammer, Ted Royster, Max Subler, Brenda Wallace, Mya Savoy, Nick Fraley, Penny Starns, Carl Bricker, Terry Springer, Leon Harshbarger, Christine Beasley, Dave Sloan, Ben Bowman, Don DeBord, Moxon Moody, Eddie Alexander, Ruth Ann Hummel, John Martin, Bruce and Shirley Gower, Jim Henry, Zoe Fields, Tom Hollinger, McKayla Stachler, Mariah Williamson, Mike Monnin, Leslie Prestel, Tom Labig, Ruth Page, Linda Cobb Rosengarten, Carla Gilland, Gloria Hodge, Irma Stewart, Kay Brown, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Teresa (Mayo) Hammons, Sam and Melissa Strosnider, Donnie Wintrow, Jerod Pratt, Shari Best Wappelhorst, Rena Slater, Martin “Bud” Self, Suzy Heck Schilling, Addie Henderson, Don Waymire, Delbert Braund, Lucas Bryant, Dave Morrow, Shirley (Riffell) Morrow, Sandy Finkbine, Cynthia Downey, Mike Martin, Carol Bowman Huntington, Barbara Caupp, Mel Grile, Terry Amstutz.
Patty Sells, Chuck Gasper, Sharon Shelley, Brett Widener, Samantha Smith, Duane Mendenhall, Brien Hiestand, Deb Davidson-Smith, Ann Renfro, Jackie Coblentz Brown, Peggy Peters, Ron Nisonger, Sally Clymer Klipstine, Daniel Redmond, Etta Walker, Jim Leis, Kristen Bercaw and son Nathan, Glen Hufford, Gertie VandePitte, Pat Johnson, Howard Hemmerly, Barbara Fisher, Shannon Peters Hall, Todd Walls, Mick Rinderle, Earl Moore, Lee Moody, Dodie Wright, Linda Malott, Jim and Patsy Schneider, Curtis Miller, Zuri Hines, Ron Kramer, Jane Braund, Holli Anderson, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, John Newbauer, Terry Black Sr., Cindy Cunningham Fleenor, Charlie Hubbard, Richard “Pappy” Harshman, Larry “Rafe” Elson, Bob Melling, Bob Leugers, Jeff Schricker, Susie Gress of Nebraska, Angel Nicely, Bob Codling Sr., Tom Brumbaugh, Barb Skinner, Jim Faller, Eugene Hoening Sr., Jerry Paulus.
Amber Kiser, Jack “Papa Tiger” Amspaugh, Wyoneda Stephens, Jim Rinderle, Kathy Walter, Jim Moody, Harry Moody, Rob Hathaway, Mac Goodpaster, Alberta Aukerman, Rick Jones of Ansonia, Chuck Davis, Dolores Nestor, Linda Lore, Rylee Blanken, Julie Widener, Deputy Dave Werling, Mike Custer, Karen Meier, Barbara Martin, Dana Holzapfel, Earl Curry, Leah Herron Huntwork, Kara Didier, Nick Voisard, Laura Harman, Joe Whittington, Tod Fink, Dorothy Rismiller, Joe Fortkamp, Betty (Koons) Tinkham, Carla Welch, Keith Hiegel, Mike Collins, Chad Wert, Jeremy Litten, Greg Eubank, Shane Wetzel, Brandy Reier, Gene Sharp, Lester Ward, Paul Hodson, Zane Wetzel, Leann Ressler, Roger Harbison, Mamie Warrick, Gertie Hampshire, Don Hittle, Bill Schuette, Tim Heck and all of our military people as well as this nation.
Jamie and I express our deepest condolences to the family of: Dwight Thompson, Angie (Miller) Emerson, Hendrik van der walt, Gary Meyer, Thelma Barga, Gary Pike, Donald Isenhouer, Phyllis Pouder, Jeremy Mullens, Wendell Thomas, Alice Futrell and Jackie Brenner.
Think about it: “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono
Linda Moody is features editor for the Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org