Monday, September 17, 2012

Hakuna Matada? Not So Fast!

Some days are Hakuna Matada - "No worries" in The Lion King parlance.

We got a nice, slow 0.60" of rain on Thursday. There were last-minute tickets available at Century II for the traveling Broadway production of The Lion King. The costuming and sets were phenomenal.
From Google Images
And then life's "stage set" changed on Saturday morning to the emergency room of the Stafford County Hospital.
Randy had his own run-in with the animal kingdom. A bull decided he didn't want to go the way that Randy preferred. So he head-butted Randy and sent him flying about 10 feet. I guess Randy should have heeded the message of another song from The Lion King to "Be Prepared."
This is a photo of the bull in happier times - 2010.
But, I guess you're never prepared for the unexpected in "The Circle of Life." So, as Randy debuted his high-flying act without benefit of stage wiring, he landed on his right wrist. I wasn't there to witness it. I just got a phone call saying, "I think you're going to have to take me to the emergency room."

So I did. And Randy left with a splint on his cracked right wrist. They couldn't do much for the bruised ribs, but he has those, too.
The bull made the trip to the Pratt Livestock Sale Barn. He is an older bull, and that's where he was headed anyway. But he did not make the trip back to the home corral for a few days of fine dining. He went directly to the sale.

Randy is very right-handed, but he is getting better at living life as a lefty. (Welcome to my world!) "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," Randy? I'm trying really hard to help him navigate the world one-handed. We'll see how he gets along on the tractor today. He has his pillow. We cut up a sock to try to keep the cast clean.

The moral of the story? We probably should have gone to the K-State game instead of staying home to work. Ah well. It's all part of "The Circle of Life."

I also want to say "Thank you!" to the Stafford County Hospital. We are so fortunate to have a hospital and an emergency room in our county and community. Of the people who helped us on Saturday, we knew 4 of the 5 people on a first-name basis. We are indeed fortunate to have these caring people available to help at a moment's notice.


  1. Oh, no, Kim! I'm sorry to hear about Randy's wrist and ribs. May he heal quickly! And you are right...Stafford County is very fortunate to have medical care available at the hospital. Good luck teaching Randy how to accomplish his work using his left!

    1. Thanks, Cindy! He's already making progress in learning to do things one-handed. It's amazing how you cope when you have to!

  2. Prayers of healing for Randy. It is nice to have local Health Care and call your caregivers by name.

    1. Thanks, Robyn! You are so right! It is wonderful to have friends and neighbors care for us!

  3. Definitely a sign!!! The "King" was awesome!!!.

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