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Blog entry by BB1 posted 12-10-2017 02:56 PM 766 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a teacher, I (like the students) was looking forward to finishing up with final exams in the upcoming week and enjoying the semester break.  Typical recreational activities are walking and hiking with my husband and dogs.  Over the Thanksgiving break we walked about 20 miles plus worked on some projects in the shop.  I was looking forward to more of the same over the semester break.  That all changed this past week when I was jogging in the yard and twisted my foot.  I could literally hear the damage being done (not a pleasant sound) and an x-ray confirmed a clear fracture of my 5th metatarsal – the bone on the outside of the foot.  Sentenced to wearing a boot for the next 4-6 weeks.  Our typical Saturday morning park walk yesterday didn’t include me and, to be honest, I was pretty bummed.  I hobbled out to my shop with my older dog, a faithful shop companion, and started on a couple gifts (small boxes) I wanted to make for a friend for Christmas.  Tried to elevate my foot on the work table when possible to help with the remaining swelling. 

My little woodworking hobby once again helped me to get my mind off “my troubles” as I developed a plan and started cutting the wood.  Thankful for that outlet right now as my normal exercise routine and recreation is disrupted.  I don’t know if it is the distraction or the enjoyment of seeing a project develop – but wood working has become my “go to” for stress relief.  Another aspect that clears my mind is LumberJocks.  I really enjoy looking at everyone’s projects and reading the forum topics.  Who knows what I’ll be able to get done in the shop with all this “extra time”!!   



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#1 posted 12-10-2017 03:00 PM

Wow, that sucks, glad your shop time gave you some activities you can enjoy, hang in there you’ll be back on the trail soon.

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#2 posted 12-10-2017 03:05 PM

As a retired teacher, I can sympathize. Seems like the only time I ever got sick was at vacation time.

Hoping for a swift recovery.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-10-2017 05:04 PM

Hi Barbara, sorry to hear about your foot. id did a shoulder the same way i coud hear it tear when I fell down ice skating.
Woodworking is always a great relief and so is this site for me.

Wishing you a speedy healing….............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-10-2017 06:19 PM

I appreciate the encouragement comments. :) I know this is pretty minor in the big picture but still disappointed to have it happen.

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 12:02 AM

It will heal faster than you think and you’ll soon be on the path with hubby and doggie!!

Merry Christmas, Barbara…...........cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-11-2017 02:05 AM

Thanks Jim – I hope you are right about fast healing!

My stress relief time in the shop was a bit of a challenge. I went to change a bit in my router and the router came free from my router table. Thankful that happened when it was off and unplugged! I had to find some new fasteners and of course that required some modifications. Got it up and going, and made progress on the tops for the little boxes I started yesterday (walnut).

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#7 posted 12-11-2017 10:25 PM

Ouch, just hand in there listen to the doctor and move forward

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 12-12-2017 12:07 AM

i wish you very well …......and sometimes i got to the shop for a project …......end up just sitting there….... GET WELL SOON :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 12-12-2017 12:18 AM

Wow

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#10 posted 12-12-2017 02:20 AM

Trying very hard to follow the treatment plan. :) I’m not good at “rest and relax” so I’m having to remind myself that patience now will pay off with strong healing of the bone for the future.

And, I too like to just sit in the shop and plan the next project. I think it is having a space separate from the rest of life responsibilities that I enjoy. This is a hobby, not a business, so that works for me.

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#11 posted 12-12-2017 05:05 AM

Ouch I cannot feel your pain and I hope I never do!
Follow the doc’s advice and it will heal sooner and better!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 12-12-2017 11:31 AM

Oldnovice – I hope you never experience this either.
More awkward than painful, although given the change in movement patterns have some new aches. Will not take mobility for granted in the future.

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