Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kindle Kindle Who has a Kindle

Everyone knows that I am an avid reader ( I nearly said rabid reader which is not far from the truth).  I love the ink and paper of books, the new smell of freshly printed paper and the tightness of the bound book.  I love the oldy moldy smell of books  long out of print but miraculously in my hands, sharing the story of men and women long gone told by an author now somewhere on another plane of life.  I fought the idea of a kindle every year since it's appearance on the scene.  This past Christmas, Mac ignored my every argument and ordered me one as a present.  Lucky girl, me. 
This past April 17th, I had a very serious operation on my foot called a Pantalar Fusion.  My left foot was so destroyed by RA and prior fractures that I was walking on the complete side of the outside of my foot and in pain so constant that I learned to live with it.  I didn't enjoy it, just learned to put up with it.  After seeing several doctors who could offer me no hope, I was finally seen by one who is visionary at worst, a miracle worker at best.  Dr Thomas Joseph of the Camden Bone and Joint office did not sugar coat it nor offer me false promises.  He told me he knew what was wrong, he thought he could fix it, but that I was still in danger of amputation.  Well.  I knew immediately that I had found the doctor for me and that I would put my trust in him absolutely.  Which brings me back to my kindle.  I find that I must lie on my back with my foot balanced on every pillow that I could find.  It must be above my heart and I am to put NO WEIGHT on said foot.  A boring life such as no human has ever been cast into.  I had ordered several books for my kindle (25) had checked a few out of the library (10) and gotten some for absolutely free (19).  I was set.  Already having read the library books I took delight in several of Dean Koontz's books....the Odd Thomas series has entertained me these past two weeks.  The new one is due out and I have preordered it.  I also reread The Dome by Stephen King.  Now the original book is well over a thousand pages and must have weighed at least five pounds.  I can not imagine holding that in my hands looking up at the printed page.  Had I dropped it I was sure to suffer a concussion.  But my sweet little Kindle only weighs a few ounces and I can read for hours.  I am content to lie with my foot above my heart and entertain my overactive brain.  I am trying not to think about the several nails and rod now holding my foot perfectly straight...I only think about what to read next.  Now I have been up to long and must go and assume the position.  I have a new Dean Koontz book to while away my hours called "A Big Little Life" about his and Gerda's beloved fur daughter, the late Miss Trixi...it is proving to be a delightful read .  I have not only my favorite author to thank for my sanity but also the aforementioned Dr Joseph, my new hero...


Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Sandi

it was such a relief to read this post - I have been "haunting" your blog, waiting to learn how you got on. Reading on your kindle sounds like the ideal way to recooperate.

You have my full sympathy about lying with your foot up on pillows - i had to do the same with both legs after they swelled up following major abdo surgery 14 years ago. I hope the kitty cats are behaving and snuggling up to their beloved Momma.

Sending much love and care,

Michelle xxx (with background puRRRRRRumbles from Zebby Cat)

Jinksy said...

I agree. Thanks to my 'Kids' - hehehe! Bit old for that name! - I too have a kindle, and for reading in bed, it can't be bettered.
Here's to better days for you ahead - or should I say 'afoot'? ♥

Jeni said...

Oh Sandi, here's hoping your recuperation is smooth and as enjoyable as possible while healing as you read and read some more. Knowing what a cat lover you are, I was just wondering if you've read the book "Cleo, The Cat Who Mended a Family" by Helen Brown? If you haven't and if you can secure a copy for your Kindle, do so! The good feelings and lots of laughter will make the time fly by and in a very good way too!
Peace and rest!

Vee said...

Oh it is a good sign that you are feeling up to writing a blog post. You so nonchalantly describe your condition...very insouciant of you. =D

So happy to see a post here that I have sort of sailed over in high spirits. Now I'll go back and really read and savor.

Maggie May said...

So pleased that the op is over & done with and that all you've got to do now is lie back with your kindle!
I did love the *rabid reader*! I think that describes me too.
Hope you are soon up & about for a bit and that the op will be completely successful.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

the fly in the web said...

Very glad your op is over...and that you have a Kindle to while away the hours.
I have one which doesn't work...most frustrating!

Donna said...

Oh Sandi! SO glad you're on the mend!! I use my IPad for reading but I do have an older Kindle which weights much less...Think I'll drag it out again...

Zuzana said...

Dear Sandi sorry to her about your operation.:( But I am like you, I LOVE books;) I guess the best way is the middle rad, embrace the technology and use it for it's advantage. But keep having and buying books for the sentimental value that will never go out of style.;)
Hope you will recover fully soon.

Sally said...

Sandi, I'm just like you;; reading is my passion. I don'know have a kindle, not sure I would like it; somethig about a "real book" in my hands delights me.:)

I am SO glad your convalesence is going well. I wish you the very best in healing. Love you lots!

Lee said...

Yay, Sandi! I'm so glad you were able to post again! Also really glad you've got a Kindle! Thank goodness I finally got my Google reader working again or I'd not have known that you posted this. It was an add-on problem in Firefox that was causing all the posts to banish off my feed.

Love & prayers!

Suldog said...

Glad to hear from you, following the operation, and I hope the recovery is as easy as it can be.

I'll probably be the last holdout in the universe for books. So many other senses come into play with a real book, as you noted - smell, touch, even the sound of turning pages. Books are sensual things, and I mean that in every sense of the word. However, I can understand the advantages of a Kindle in your position, so good for you!

Hilary said...

Ouch that sounds like a tremendously painful surgery. I wish you speedy healing.

I'm with Suldog. I love "real" books and have little interest in a Kindle. I suppose I will eat those words someday, though. That's just how technology goes. I'm glad it's working out well for you. :)

JunieRose2005 said...


Happy to know you are doing ok- and there's nothing better than reading a new Dean Koontz book!!He's the best!!!

Akelamalu said...

It's so good to hear the op is over and you are recovering.

Hubby and I bought a Kindle each as when we go away on holiday we tend to take at least 6 books between us and they take up a lot of space in the suitcase. We love our Kindles!

ancient one said...

No Kindle here... but I do love reading your blog... so glad you have posted again... Hope your recovery is completely successful!!