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31 October 2015 @ 11:58 pm
Happy Halloween!  
Just minutes to go before Halloween is over for another year.

This was a low-key Halloween for us this year. HalfshellHusband broke his wrist on Sunday, and had surgery on Thursday (lots of pain, despite the meds). Our son is too old for trick-or-treating, and my usual plan of walking around the neighborhood with him to see everyone else's decorations/etc. was foiled by his being at a party tonight, and also... my mother is visiting.

A week and a half ago, we thought this would go differently and that we'd have time to clean the house and such. I wound up doing that after work all week. I also missed the Yuletide signup deadline, because I was distracted. We are also down to one legal driver in the household. Our son can drive with an adult, but my husband couldn't really go anywhere after Wednesday, except to and from the hospital. What a week!

There are actual Halloween decorations outside, though, and we had candy to hand out. HalfshellHusband is progressively feeling better, though the night of the surgery I had to take him back to the E.R. because his pain level was unmanagable. He's on hefty narcotics, and there are still tough periods, but he says that overall the pain is tranding downward. So, that's good.

What did all of you do for Halloween? It has always been one of my favorite holidays, and it seemed as if it almost sidestepped me this year. Help me live vicariously!

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Direst Ryl: Volkihar Vampireryl on November 1st, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC)
I finally saw the weeping angels episode of Dr. Who. I will never go near a statue again.

Wishing HalfShellHusband a quick recovery. Why do the smallest bones hurt the worst when they break?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2015 04:32 am (UTC)
Somebody wrote an abstracted story about that episode (I didn't recognize it, since I haven't seen Dr. Who), and the story was creepy as all get-out. It's almost better, really, when you take something that seems innocent (or even noble), and then slowly reveal that it is instead incredibly dangerous!
Marketeermarketeer on November 1st, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your husband and hope he's feeling better soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2015 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!

It was unsettling. It happened during a bike ride-- fortunately, a transition where he slowed down to go through an access gate. He just blacked out, which hasn't happened before. Worrisome, though. His meds lower his blood pressure, and then threat of fainting is very real. But it's always happened when standing up before, not while being active. Might motivate his doctor to look at his meds again, when all of the pleading in the world hasn't made much of an impression. :(
Marketeermarketeer on November 3rd, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
I had wrist surgery in February. Be sure he gets all the physical therapy they'll give him. It really makes a difference.
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on November 1st, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh no!!!! Here's to G feeling better soon! Is there going to be long-term effects? I'm really sorry to hear this happened to him.

Glad you're soldiering through.

We had a costume party. But it was low-key. Fun, though.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2015 04:40 am (UTC)
The biggest long-term effect, in his mind, will be that he can't bicycle until this thing heals, and he both loves bicycling and finds it much easier than walking. Walking/vacuuming/raking and other weight-bearing motion tires him out much more than biking, and he needs regular moderate exercise to help his heart condition.

There probably WILL be the x-ray machine side-effect. He got rid of the 6-inch plate in his hip about 2-3 years ago, and now he'll have a new one in his arm. OTOH, that will decrease how long he has to wear a cast.

Costume party sounds fun! Our office had costumes and a contest, but we don't really have anything lying around the house, and I lost the wherewithall to plan much of anything. :O
heliokleia: RABBID IC - Keep Calm...heliokleia on November 1st, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
First of all, my best wishes for brave HalfshellHusband's quick recovery!
*nods**nods*
- And now you're getting your well-earned rest; don't you, my busy Mme Venus?

Well, exept in Good Ole Blighty, Halloween wasn't a tradition in Europe. But then, since a few years, the big business and advertising companies started a new campaign for making money.

And what do you think? - It worked. At least in the bigger cities and Northern villages of Germany, as I've seen while watching the news on TV yesterday.
Because, of course, the children love it to turn themselves into little witches, monster and vampires, so who could blame them?

Here, in Bavaria, on the other side, we're still taking the whole thing more serious and are celebrating the today's All Saint's Day, instead.

Must be a catholic thing, I guess. But even at my own town's shopping malls, there are all kind of things around the Halloween theme available, meanwhile.

Have a good week, my friend.
*hugs* ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh, Halloween is such a marvelous holiday, especially for little kids. Costumes and free candy! What's not to like? So, I can't feel sorry that children in Europe are getting to have fun with that, too.

All Saints Day is really only a Catholic thing, so is Bavaria a heavily Catholic country? We don't really get a sense for such things over here. Mexico has the "Day of the Dead" celebrations, with both seem morbid (sugar skulls, etc.) and also kind of sweet (picnicking at the graves of relatives each year, to remember and to include them in something fun).

I'm hoping this week goes more smoothly. Last week was kind of a disaster, and short on sleep and long on stress!
favoritebeanfavoritebean on November 2nd, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
I hope the broken wrist heals quickly.

We went to a carnival or two, followed by trick or treating around the neighborhood. Since we are new here, I didn't know what to expect. It was intense.

Oh, and we watched a movie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
What area did you move to? Intense as in, "All the Halloween!" ? That would be incredible.

The grownups usually have to hide inside a dark house and watch TV after we've reached the point where we don't want to answer the door anymore. Usually, post-little-kids and into the teenagers-still-trick-or-treating period.
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on November 3rd, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Healing prayers for your hubby. Check with the physical therapist for an exercise routine that he can do as he heals.

Enjoy your mother's visit. Son is here and goes home tonight.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
My mom is visiting her brother and his wife for a couple of days now, but comes back tomorrow afternoon and then I put her on the train late, late at night.

It's been really nice-- and I'm hoping she'll do it again!

Hope you had a good time visiting with your son. :)
Danmuchtooarrogant on November 5th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

Sorry to hear about HSH, and hope he's feeling better! Lizbeth had a tooth emergency recently involving extreme pain and visits to three different dentists before the problem was resolved, so I can kind of relate.

Sorry, no fun Halloween stories here. I spent all day attending two band competitions in which Sarah was performing. The first was an exhibition, but they took first place in the second one.

Are you doing Mini-LJI?

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 5th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, boy-- that is a lot of runaround on the way to getting her dental problems fixed, and meanwhile the pain is still horrible. :(

HalfshellHusband has to have root canals on two teeth, and we're just hoping it waits until early january, since we're almost at our dental max for the year. Yay...

I'm definitely doing mini-LJI, and HSH is hoping to sign up and maybe have a slow enough start to things that his cast will soon be off and he can type his entries! I saw that you were planning to join in, too-- yay!