Just another Monday?
No, i don't think so.
At least, it started as one. Then #2 Son called as i was trying to get a couple of quick errands done.
"Mom, I'm sick, can you come pick me up from work?"
Sure, be there in a few, i said, and i was.
He didn't look very good, and when he asked to go to the doctor, i knew it wasn't good.
A quick call got him an appointment for 4pm, so we went home and i got a few other things done. Not enough, but a few.
He had a slight fever when we got there, and the doctor said it had probably been higher earlier in the day. Bronchitis, some pleurisy, needs an antibiotic and cough medicine with codeine, and something OTC for the excess mucus, please stay away from work until your fever has been gone 24 hours.
Back home, i thought i could relax and finally get a few things done, but i was wrong.
About an hour later i heard a thumping. Apparently he was feeling a bit better, so #1 Son and #2 Son were messing around. They were faking punches, being silly, and got in a contest.
The thumping was #2 Son hitting the door with his fists. The metal door. Very hard. The door won.
Back to the doctor, actually the mini emergency room/after hours clinic, where they take care of non-life threatening illness and injury, to take the pressure off of the big ER. Not one but two broken bones, one in each hand. What they call "boxer's fractures," where the blow lands on the pinkie knuckle first, and the pinkie bone in the hand, just under the knuckle, breaks.
The left side, his dominant hand, was bad enough that the bone had to be set. The right one was just broken and barely moved at all, so they expect it to grow back fine, although he will have a lump.
His care was excellent, and at one point the nurse was being silly and flirting with him and the doctor making jokes. They asked him how many punches he threw, and he said, "I'll have to count the dents in the door to know!"
One tech, looking at his hands, swathed up to the elbows with only a couple of fingers to use on each hand said, "Dude, I don't want to be too crass, but how are you going to wipe yourself?"
Very carefully! i piped up, and we all had to laugh.
So now his hands are mostly immobilized and he's on pain meds, and we get to see the orthopedist, although there's really not much more to do but just let the bones knit.
And i think he's going to be away from work for a bit longer than until that fever is gone.
Annie Oakley Days Festival -- Greenville, OH, US (keeping alive the legacy of "Little Miss Sure Shot" with a shooting contest today as well as a pilgrimage to her grave, then tomorrow starts the Melodrama performances, ugly boot contest, Family Fun Games, and more; through Sunday)
Aphrodisia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (bathing festival of Aphrodite and Peitho [Persuasion]; through tomorrow)
Festival of Boredom and Reverie -- Fairy Calendar
Hammock Day -- don't know who came up with this one, but at the height of the dog days, it seems appropriate; on some sites listed as Summer Leisure Day
International Childbirth Education Awareness Day -- can't find confirmation on this, but if you're going to have a kid, it's not a bad idea to get educated about what to expect!
King Father's Birthday -- Swaziland
Lailat al Kadr (Lailat al Qadr) -- Islam (Night of Destiny; begins at sundown, through sundown tomorrow, although local observances may vary)
National Penuche Fudge Day
Pi Approximation Day/Casual Pi Day (22nd day of month 7; 22/7 is the approximation of Pi)
Ratcatcher's Day -- celebrated by the British dating of the Pied Piper story; celebrated June 26 in Hamelin, Germany
Revolution Day -- The Gambia
Soma-Nomaoi Festival -- Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (Wild-Horse Chasing, a four day festival in which a thousand horsemen, clad in ancient armor, compete for possession of three shrine flags, and along the Hibarigahara Plain, men clad in white costumes attempt to catch wild horses)
Spooner's Day (Spoonerism -- Named for William Archibald Spooner, English cleric and scholar who once fussed at a student because "You hissed my mystery lesson," told a groom it was "kisstomery to cuss the bride," and once accidentally referred to Queen Victoria as "the queer old Dean.")
St. Mary Magdalene's Day (Patron of apothecaries, contemplative life and contemplatives, converts, druggists, glove makers, hairdressers and hair stylists, penitent sinners, penitent women, people ridiculed for their piety, perfumeries and perfumers, pharmacists, reformed prostitutes, tanners, women; Anguiano, Spain; Atrani, Salerno, Italy; Casamicciola, Italy; Elantxobe, Spain; Foglizzo, Italy; La Magdaleine, Italy; against sexual temptation)
Stilt Dance Day -- Anguiano, Spain (a special stilt dance performed on the Feast of the city's patron, St. Mary Magdalen)
George Alexander Louis Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge, 2013
Madison Pettis, 1998
Selena Gomez, 1992
Scott Dixon, 1980
Daniel Jones, 1973
Rufus Wainwright, 1973
Irene Bedard, 1967
Rhys Ifans, 1967
Shawn Michaels, 1965
David Spade, 1964
John Leguizamo, 1964
Rob Estes, 1963
Keith Sweat, 1961
Willem Dafoe, 1955
Alan Menken, 1949
Albert Brooks, 1947
Don Henley, 1947
Danny Glover, 1946
Estelle Bennett, 1944
Bobby Sherman, 1943
Kay Bailey Hutchison, 1943
Alex Trebek, 1940
Terrence Stamp, 1939
Louise Fletcher, 1934
Oscar De la Renta, 1932
Orson Bean, 1928
Bob Dole, 1923
Amy Vanderbilt, 1908
Alexander Calder, 1898
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890
William Archibald Spooner, 1844
Gregor Johann Mendel, 1822 (Note: some sources say July 20)
Plan 9 From Outer Space(Film), 1959
Today in History
King Edward I of England and his longbowmen defeat William Wallace and his Scottish schiltrons outside the town of Falkirk, 1298
The Swiss decisively defeat the Imperial army of Emperor Maximilian I in the Battle of Dornach, 1499
A second group of English settlers arrive on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony, 1587
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada, 1793
In the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Rear Admiral Nelson is wounded in the arm, and part of it is amputated, 1797
Death of Josef Strauss, Austrian composer, 1870
First ever motorized racing event is held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The race is won by comte Jules-Albert de Dion, 1894
Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the world traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes, 1933
Dezik and Tzygan become the first of Russia's Space Dogs, making a sub-orbital flight, which they both survived, 1951
Japan completes its last reparation to the Philippines for war crimes committed during WWII, 1976
Martial law in Poland is officially revoked, 1983
The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario, 1997
The Stonehenge World Heritage Site announces the discovery of a possible new henge, the biggest discovery at a major monument in over 50 years, 2010
Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, on government buildings in Oslo and a youth camp at Utoya, 2011
Scientific studies reveal that dolphins have unique names for one another, much like humans do, 2013
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