#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
I’m Back

My foot is still in a surgical boot, and I need to use crutches most of the time to keep from putting too much weight on the newly pinned bone, but I’m in good shape. I had hardly any pain at all. Mostly, this makes me think about and appreciate how blessed I normally am, just to get around without any problem. I’ve been getting a lot of rest, and that has been good for me, too. Still, I’ll be VERY glad to get back to normal. And speaking of that, I’m over my cold, too. Probably all that bedrest.

Plans for today include writing a chapter of the current book.

The draw is rolling with fog. The horses are fonder of their warm, snug stalls than they were in summer. That fall snap is definitely in the air.

Sadie and Bernice have kept a doggie-vigil, cuddling close whenever I sleep.

It’s all good.

Here’s How the Operation Went

Jenni and Mary Ann took me to the doctor’s outpatient surgical center at noon yesterday, after Joan had been delivered to the airport.

The surgery was quick and painless–I was sedated, but only mildly so. So far, the incision etc. hasn’t hurt any more than my dental surgery did. The difference is, I have to use crutches and keep my foot elevated most of the time before, which means this blog won’t be long. :)

I have a new depth of consideration for people who are handicapped in any way. It is no small thing to need help to get around, and to have to think about every move you make. Depending on someone else for coffee, water and other vital nutrients is humbling.

I’ll learn to use these crutches–they’ll be part of my life for the next week or two. I’ve never had any experience with them before, which is probably yet another thing to be grateful for. The doctor knows his business. The nurses were kind and made the whole thing as easy as they could. And there are kind people here at home.

Color me thankful.

Around 1541, the present state of Texas was called Tejas, a Spanish version of the Caddo word meaning “allies.”