November: Never A Dull Moment

I wrote that title somewhat sarcastically.  “Never a dull moment” should be about fun stuff, but that’s not how I’m going to remember this month.

It’s not as if the weather wasn’t unusually warm for November, allowing for many pleasant outings.  It was, and I have no complaints there.

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Trinity Square Park

Nor am I going to complain about the unreasonably early arrival of Christmas hype that has been bubbling up everywhere.  This shopaholic hasn’t been feeding her credit card this month.

Hospitals however, were a different matter.  I’ve made numerous trips to various hospitals this month. Have you paid the fees in a hospital parking lot lately?  Holy Sticker-Shock.

Son #2 did in fact break his foot earlier this month, as I wrote about here.  With his left foot now in a Boot Cast and unable to drive his manual shift car, Mom had to step up to the plate and trade cars with him.

I’m not sure who was more nervous – me, driving a standard in city traffic for the first time since my 20s – or Misha, having his very rusty mother driving his almost-new car.

I saw my life flash in front of my eyes a few times, but nothing that a glass of wine couldn’t later smooth out.

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Grainy photo taken with my phone

… but any whining I might have done was short-lived.

While we were attending a Fracture Clinic for Misha in a downtown hospital one week, the following week in a different Fracture Clinic at a north-end hospital, I learned my collarbone was not doing what it was supposed to be doing – ie healing into a bone more solid than a pretzel stick.

It’s been five. freaking. months.

Surgery was scheduled, and 10 days later I had the dubious honour of contributing to our family’s unorthodox tradition of collecting scars and internal hardware.  The problematic bone was reset and a plate put in to secure it.

With my arm back in a sling and 18 staples in my shoulder, I’ve joined Misha on the Disabled List for the holiday season.  How ironic that he will have to return to Toronto to take me to my follow-up appointment in 2 weeks while Gilles is away … because now I can’t drive at all.

We are quite a pathetic pair.

But back to lovely November … I hope you’ll enjoy these beautiful autumn sights from downtown Toronto and be grateful I didn’t include a photo of my ugly staples.

This post is part of the Changing Seasons series.  It is a monthly photo feature hosted by Cardinal Guzman.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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125 Responses to November: Never A Dull Moment

  1. Oh dear. As I make my way through the posts I’ve missed I’m hoping for better news than this. At least it’s 2017 where I am meant to be in the future (if we pretend I’ve time travelled back to read this post on time – yeah, let’s pretend that so I don’t feel so bad about being MIA for so long) and the monkey year is almost over.

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  2. Mrs. P says:

    Holy cow! No photos needed…I got the visual just fine. Someone needs to capture the two gimps…so you can laugh at it later! Hope the surgery does the trick and the bone mends as it should.

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  3. You really are having a year like the Queen’s Annus horribilis …. Roll on 2017

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  4. Barbed Words says:

    Well, I hope you can enjoy a restful December with your men-folk running around after you whilst you sip mulled wine and eat mince pies (actually, do you have those in Canada??) x

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  5. RuthsArc says:

    Oh what a month, Joanne. Hope December brings better health and fewer hospital visits 🙂

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  6. Oh Joanne, that sucks! I hope the shoulder and the foot are getting better and that the cars are in one piece too. Here’s to a happy 2017 I say!

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  7. loisajay says:

    Joanne–I am so sorry to hear about this surgery. I go for a CT and surgeon visit on Monday. He tells me the plate in my neck is not going anywhere….he just wants pictures to make sure. Whatever. I hope you and your son’s healing goes well.

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  8. Wow. Your shots of Toronto are beautiful but I think I’d prefer to see your staples! Would you mind a selfy if I’m not too late? 🙂 Sorry to hear about both hospital visits but at least you two are still alive. My experiences in hospitals are usually much more dire.

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  9. I do know that your family is a competitive bunch, but really……trying to outdo each other on the fracture front is taking it just a bit too far! 🙂 I was very glad to see this post a couple of days ago…I had been checking after your surgery to see when you’d post and assure us that finally you were on the road to recovery. The twist about Misha coming back to drive you to the follow-up appointment though…..OMG you had me on the floor with that one. Your family gets my prize for most unusual circumstances and absolutely most hilariously logical solutions! Here’s to speedy and easy recoveries for both of you and a much calmer end to this monkey year!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Lol! Glad my rather unorthodox family can provide amusement 🙂
      I’m so lucky to have such great friends who have all stepped up to help me, but Misha coming back home was a logical choice.
      I had announced earlier that I would be unable to put up Christmas decorations this year and he quickly leaped in with the offer to do it … He’s the family traditionalist 🙂
      On this trip home, he’ll be killing two birds with one stone. The 2 of us together putting up decorations should be entertaining 🙂

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  10. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful photos Joanne. Wishing you and Misha a full and speedy recovery. It can only get better from here right?

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  11. treerabold says:

    I hope you recover quickly and smoothly. I’m sure its pointless to suggest you sit back and let others serve you during the holidays?!

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  12. mickscogs says:

    Sorry to hear about this continued grief Joanne. It turns out my Jo has a small break in top of her foot and is in a moon boot too. I’m loving your Toronto pics.

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  13. Heyjude says:

    Oh, Jo, what a month! You will definitely be glad to get rid of the monkeys! They have been putting you through the wringer lately. Here’s hoping that December is kind to you and your family. And stay away from any airport security scanners…

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  14. Well, now that is some fine mess you and your son are in. But, I’ll bet with a good glass of wine in hand, the two of you can have quite a chuckle. 🙂

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  15. reocochran says:

    Oh no, Joanne!! I have often wished my work days and life would slow down to accommodate my reading blogs and staying “better in touch!” No more than this time, since I didn’t get to send off a proper wish for good surgery day nor wishing this didn’t even have to occur!
    Here’s a lift of my early American Thanksgiving wine glass to send you a proper “Cheers!” and another: “Wish for special, expedient healing, dear friend!” ❤ A prayer sent immediately, too.

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  16. Joanne, So sorry to hear you had another set back, while taking care of your son. I am sending positive thoughts and warm hugs your way. heal well. 🙂
    xoxo

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  17. You don’t need to post this comment, I just found it odd that my link was removed from my comment. Yes, I know… links are bad and mostly spammy. I just didn’t think I’d get busted with only one link 😞

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  18. Seems my link was taken off my comment? Odd. One more try…

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  19. Eh gads woman! Stop breaking your pretzels 😉
    I hope this time is a charm. Nothing like being laid up for the holidays. I hope you two can feel better soon.
    If you’ve ever heard the funny song about a Nash Rambler… this would be me driving a stick shift!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I’m already starting to get a bit restless. There is only so much Netflix I could watch before I was thinking of stuff I could do with one hand.
      With a house full of people at Christmas, it could get interesting 😉

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  20. So sorry to hear this Joanne, but hopefully this will finally set things right. I hate it when my mind thinks I’m 30 and my body makes me feel like I’m 80! Such betrayal. Stay positive, we’re all rooting for you to heal soon! Meanwhile, nice pictures!

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  21. Why do accidents seem to travel together? Sorry to hear about your broken bones! Loved the photos anyway. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  22. If you’re scared about driving, you should try drinking and driving – it takes the edge off the nerves. 😀

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  24. Phil Ryan says:

    After Susan crashed to the pavement on her bike last week my first thought was her collar bone but for some reason, only known to her (and perhaps blond women everywhere), she didn’t try and break her fall, or she did, with her helmet (guess it makes sense after all). I’ve been looking after her but don’t think she could have coped with my nursing over an extended period. We’re already fed up with my only culinary extravagance ‘Phil’s fish dish fill’.
    Happy convalescing, Joanne, hope you heal well.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I too have a long history of breaking my falls with my head. I think I’ve single-handedly kept the bike helmet industry in business 😉

      I hope Susan is ok and didn’t hurt herself badly. Not being able to do stuff for yourself isn’t as much fun as it sounds :/

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  25. Oh my sorry to hear about your son’s foot! Hope he heals quickly!

    I hope the plate is the answer you need to finally heal your collar bones! Good grief! Is it permanent or temporary?

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  26. Relax... says:

    I must’ve missed a post — I didn’t know a) that he’d actually broken his foot after all, and b) that your collarbone wasn’t healing and that you’d need surgery. Awww, I’m truly sorry about these woes. I am mentally sending you two a box of all soft center chocolates. (If the dark chocolate raspberry heart is missing on the top layer, it’s alright — there’s another on the bottom layer.) (If you need that missing one, let me know.) Oh gosh, I hope your 2017 will be much better.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      LOL!!! I’m sure I can forgive you for the missing dark chocolate raspberry heart when you’ve so generously given me the rest of the box 😀
      Now that I have my appetite back, these will be much appreciated … at least until I step on the weigh scales next 😉

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  27. Debbie H says:

    Never a dull moment indeed Joanne. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery. Enjoy your lovely autumn days.

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  28. Tippy Gnu says:

    After all you’ve gone through, I hope your healing proceeds smoothly. Good luck to you.

    As for having to pay parking fees at hospitals, I’ve never heard of that before. Seems flint-hearted to me. Maybe this is one area of access to medical care where the U.S. has a rare advantage over you guys.

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  29. nrhatch says:

    Hope you are now on the path to swift healing. You’ve been a real trooper!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Thanks! You’re saying that because you haven’t been subjected to my bouts of whining 😉
      I’m feeling good about this though. I think the worst is behind me and in the grand scheme of things, I can’t complain.

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  30. bikerchick57 says:

    Joanne, I’m sorry you had to go through surgery, but hopefully it will fix the shoulder good as new…in time for next biking season. In the meantime, you and Misha just have to take it easy and stay out of trouble. Happy holiday season!

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  31. Sue Slaght says:

    Joanne I had not realized you already had the surgery! 18 staples! Good grief I hope they put in some bionic implants while they were there. Sending healing and positive vibes your way my friend. Hopefully the spring will see you strong and active again! Xoxo

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    The photos are beautiful Joanne, but I wish your news was better. I’s sorry to hear about your collarbone, more than anything. You’ve been dealing with that for a long time now. I hope the surgery helps the bone to heal and that your back behind your handlebars in the spring. I do have to say that your son looks a little like an Imperial Storm Trooper, in that boot. I’ve been in one of those (older version, I broke my foot in 1988) – it’s no fun as I’m sure your situation isn’t.

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  33. jan says:

    The early arrival of Christmas each year always makes me glum – it’s not that I don’t love the season of lights and stuffing stockings – it’s the worry of disappointing loved ones that eats at me. Hospitals are no fun. Last year – or was it the year before? – I had exploratory surgery on my bladder and kidneys which left me in diapers for seven days. They found nothing wrong, thank goodness, but talk about embarrassing. Your nether regions sanitized and explored under flood lights by a team of twenty year olds. And I had to pull the damn catheter out by myself! Never a dull moment is certainly right. Take care!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Jan, that’s terrible!!!! … All of it, but having to remove your own catheter is the final insult. I’m so glad to hear the results were all negative though. Yikers! I can only imagine how stressful that was 😦

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  34. Oh my gosh! Joanne, you have my deepest sympathies! At least you haven’t lost your sense of humor. And yes, thanks for not adding the staples pic. The other day my friend posted a picture of his ingrown toenail on Facebook. Why? Well, happy Thanksgiving in any case!

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  35. Oh, What a pain, literally and figuratively. Darn, so sorry to hear that you are still dealing with that collarbone, Joanne. Hopefully, this will do it. Beautiful photos, I especially liked Juliet’s vine covered balcony with the beautiful doors. Take care of yourself and Misha. I hope you both get pampered.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Glad you liked the photos. I’m rather enamoured with that house and have taken many photos of it. Unfortunately I’m always there in terrible light and get few photos that are useable … So I have reason to keep trying 😉

      I have my fingers crossed that this is the final chapter on this year’s big misadventure.

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  36. Anonymous says:

    What the what? How awful that you are once again out of commission! Let me know if you are still up for lunch next weekend. Of course I will do the driving😉

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  37. DailyMusings says:

    Oh dear Joanne I hope you heal up soon! What a crazy time for you and your son! I used to drive stick too but hadn’t in 10 years or more when I needed to move a friend’s car around the block- as you said it’s like riding a bike- I was amazed!

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  38. Oh my goodness! Feel better soon!!! Sending hugs! 💖

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  39. dconnollyislandgmailcom says:

    Bring on December…and lots of good healing for both you and your son!
    Donna

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  40. I’m so sorry that November has been a less than stellar month for you. I can’t say that I’m surprised about your collar bone, though. The X-ray you shared a few months ago didn’t appear to be of a bone that was healing well. It sounds like you are now starting from ground zero again? I guess neither of us can plan to go quickly through airport security ever again. Healing thoughts are being sent your way.

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  41. What if somebody draws ivy around your staples and you take a photo of this? 🙂 Just a funny sunny thought. These doors are magnificent. Let’s hope for a hilarious December.

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  42. Pretzel stick! LOL! Sorry, I shouldn’t laugh…five long, painful months of waiting and for nada! Grrr.

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  43. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.What a month! Hope you’re on the mend–both of you. Had to laugh at Joe’s comment about the electromagnets. Do keep that in mind. 😀 😀 😀

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  44. Once again do I wish we would live closer. I would happily drive your around like Mrs. Daisy, because I LOVE, just LOVE standard shift cars. That’s the European in me, I just can’t help it. It’s the ultimate driving experience. Afterward, I would gladly help you with the wine drinking.

    Be better soon – both of you – and stay in the house for the rest of the year. 🙂

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  45. Joe says:

    These are beautiful images Joanne 😀 My advice to you is to avoid walking under open ladders and with your new metallic collarbone stay away from any powerful electro magnets (like the ones used at scrap metal yards) 😀 Hope you feel better soon my friend.

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