Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Uncle Douglas and the Broken Arm
Boys will do stupid things at times; they will rough house,
and jump off high places.
happened, was not exactly a mystery, but Douglas
came into the house with an arm that was swollen.It didn’t take an expert to recognize that
his arm was broken.
Hastily I gave him a large heavy magazine to support his
arm, and we bundled him into the car after phoning the Dr that we were on our
This was the early 1960’s and in those days they usually put
a Plaster of Paris cast on broken bones after setting them.The doctor carefully moved his arm into
place and then covered his arm with gauze.Next went on the soupy mix of “cement.”
It hardened quickly and soon Doug was ready for his friends
to sign his cast and draw goofy pictures on it.
The Doctor gave me instructions to call him if there were
any problems and to return in six weeks to remove the cast.“Pay the receptionist at the front desk as
you leave,” he added
In those days we did not have insurance, but Doctor Bills
were reasonable and considerable cheaper than they are now.
Time passed – not so quickly and Douglas
would tell me his arm itched.At least
he was not in pain, and he could insert a pencil up his wrist and into his cast
to scratch his arm.
Eventually six weeks went by and we could view the calendar
where I had marked a big X and a note to return to the Dr to have his cast
Honestly, I was and still am a money saver where ever I
can squeeze it.
I knew a return visit to
the Dr would be another $25 that we could use it somewhere else better; like
maybe a trip to the grocery store...
Douglas offered a good
suggestion.“Hazel, why don’t you get
those big scissors that Bob has and cut this thing off for me?It is already six weeks, and I am sure my arm
has healed by now.”
(You may remember that Doug was my young brother-in-law who
lived with us.He was the same age as
our son Steve, and our children enjoyed calling him “Uncle Dougie.”)
So it was that I got the scissors, and carefully cut and
snipped until the cast was gone.Then we
washed his arm and put some hand lotion on it - - Good as new !!