Keith has been on vacation for the last week. A fairly mellow vacation for us – we took a fun three day road trip around northern California and did a lot of sitting around relaxing. Yesterday he decided to hit the afternoon public skate at Vacaville and work more on his stops and backward crossovers.
I certainly wasn’t expecting him to call me 10 minutes after the session had started. He needed me to come get him because he had barely cleared the door before he fell and slammed down hard on his hip. He was in a lot of pain but didn’t want to call an ambulance in case it was just a badly bruised muscle or something.
Twenty five minutes later (stupid traffic) I arrived at the rink to find him sitting in the same office chair I’d used two months ago when I broke myself there. Three or four awesome hockey players were there to help get him into the car. Which didn’t work out so well.
So the ambulance was called and they managed to get him onto the gurney and to the ER with a minimum of pain and stress (well, a minimum of pain and stress for me, can’t speak for Keith on that one).
Five hours later the pain was closer to being under control, the xrays had been taken and read and it was obvious he wasn’t coming home anytime soon. He had surgery this morning to put a rod in his leg. Surgery went well, his nurses are super nice and the hospital food isn’t all that bad – the only thing he’s lacking is internet access.
As I was getting ready to come home after visiting this evening. he looked at the clock and said “Should be sitting on the bench getting ready to get on the ice” – it was 7:10 on Sunday evening, our class started at 7:15. Heavy sigh.
Guess it’s a good thing he was waiting to make the decision and pay the league fees for the team he was going to play on! Looks like it’s going to be six months or more before either of us will be back on the ice.
Wish us luck over the next few weeks – my cast doesn’t come off until Friday, I won’t be off crutches for awhile yet though and he’s coming home from the hospital days before Friday!