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  • Name: szaitz
    Location: New York City
    Injured during: Touch Football
    Which Leg: L
    Status: 2-Shoes

    443 wks  3 days Post-ATR
    442 wks  5 days
       Since start of treatment

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Macaroons and Matzoh Balls

December 25th, 2013 by szaitz and

Merry Christmas to all my AT-challenged brethren.  In my original post, I alluded to some silver linings, but was being pretty facetious.  One true silver lining about ATR is that you really learn who your true friends are.

At the risk of being self-indulgent, I would like to take a moment, on this holiday of brotherhood and goodwill to man, by acknowledging them.

I will start of with my parents who have been here on consecutive Sundays, with armfuls of groceries and cleaning supplies.  My mother does most of the work while my father supplies the jokes.  It’s amazing how messy my 600 sq ft apartment gets.  Coffee spills all over the kitchen.  Poorly-aimed urine blasts all over the bathroom.  Trails of food stuffs from hopping all over the place.  This ATR is a messy business!

My father drove into work from Long Island during a snowstorm to take me to a job interview. Unfortunately I didn’t get the job.

My friend Carolyn, who traveled 100 miles to stay with me for a few days.  She cooked up a storm, brought a variety spices in little cups, made Matzoh Ball Soup and baked coconut-choco macaroons that I dubbed ‘Spock backs’.

She helped me pick a water proof cast shower protector and made sure I didn’t tip over in the streets of New York when I was getting used to the motorized scooter.  A new soft blanket, flavored coffees and boiled chicken were some of the other treats she brought.  Shout out to her husband Steve for driving her.  They are coming back again next week.

Anna, who lives in Jersey, took a few shifts, shopping, cleaning and telling funny stories, as is her wont. Anna also picked me up and drove me home from unsuccessful interview in more intense snow. She texts me a few hundred times a day to see how I’m doing. Carolyn does too and my Aunt Normy in Connecticut calls frequently.

Mike O picked me up from the hospital after the surgery and has driven me to Doctors appointments and watched a lot of football with me. Having company when I can’t travel makes the apartment a little less prison-like. His g/f Ashley made a delicious lemon chicken feast. All these contributions transformed my fridge from a barren wasteland to a bustling cornucopia.

My brother has done his brotherly duties staying at the hospital for the whole day during surgery as well as getting my painkillers early in the morning, the day after my surgery. That day, incidentally, was the most painful event of this whole experience. I was awakened at 3:00 am by a constant, intense and relentless pain in my heel. I started texting him at 6:00 and tried to tough it out. (see texts below)

Yes, my brother’s nickname is Czar, but that’s a another discussion for another blog. He finally delivered the goods at about 8:00. Five hours of terrifying agony. . But, hey my sister did send me over a very lovely edible fruit basket.

That’s about it…thanks for allowing me some latitude on the subject matter as I realize this is only vaguely Achilles-realted. Next time, I’ll be more medical.

Oh, and a big thank you to the USA network and the cast of Modern Family, as the MOFY marathons have helped me pass the time, quite hilariously.

Merry Xmas - Steve

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3 Responses to “Macaroons and Matzoh Balls”

  1. Anna DeLeon McGrath Says:

    We love you, Steve! Hang in there! — Anna

  2. craiger9er Says:

    Seems your spirits are pretty high and that’s always good. My post-surgery pain was the most I had also - it’ll get better. I was a Netflix streaming junkie, enjoy getting caught up on those shows.

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  3. mobilabonnement priser Says:

    This is a topic which is near to my heart… Take care!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?

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