Al,  Dotti,  Family,  Kai,  LeRoy,  Photos

Happy New Year 2016

Our awesome grandchildren ~ Justin, Sarah, Jacob, Emily and Kai.  They fill our hearts.

Grandkids Dec 2015

WOW, I can’t believe how fast 2015 went by.  2016 has got to be a better year than 2015.

We were welcomed with a new grandson, Jacob Matthew Coon, on October 2, 2015.  He is just gorgeous and reminds me so much of LeRoy when he was a baby.  We have not been able to meet him yet but have done some Skypes.  Emily just loves her little brother.

Jacobs Arrival ~ Oct 2, 2015
Jacobs Arrival ~ Oct 2, 2015 ~ with Emily, Sarah, & LeRoy

2015 was a year of work injuries for me. Early in the year, in the Deli Dept, I hurt my back, which gave me discomfort for a month.  I showed up at work everyday and worked through it.  Next, on May 26th, I sliced the side tip of my right thumb on the slicer.  I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding so had to go into Urgent Care.  Luckily they did not have to cauterize it but it was close.   I stayed injury-free until August 22nd when my feet came out from under me and dropped me to the floor, pushing my left foot under a flatbed cart, twisting my calf.  I broke my left fibula just brokenlegcatbelow the knee.  I was out of work, then on light duty for a couple of months.  I transferred to the Seafood Dept.   On November 17th I slipped on a piece of ice and broke my right leg at the ankle (tibia) and the fibula just below the knee (same place as the left leg), pulling the ligament holding the fibula and tibia in place.    Yep, I did a good job this time.  The ambulance and fire department came and took me away to the hospital.  I had this accident just as I was closing out my broken left leg.  On November 18th I had my last appointment for my left leg.

This last accident on November 17th was so bad.  On November 20th, I had two screws put into my ankle to keep the bones together while the ligament heals. Three months of no stepping on the right leg.  I had a small wheelchair (4 small tires) that I use in the house.  We had to get a bigger one (with the big wheel and leg supports) for traveling outside the house.  Let me tell you, that is an adventure in itself, especially with all the rain we’ve been getting here. The electric carts are another adventure.  I’ve been

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There is finally an end in sight.  I have an ortho appointment on February 10th to take the screws out.  I’ll then be able to step on my right leg again.  I’ve been doing flexing exercises at the ankle to help the healing process.  I’ve lost a lot of muscle in my calf; at least a fourth of it.  Plenty of work ahead of me but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Once I can keep steady on my leg with just a cane, I’ll be getting back to light duty.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to use my walker until I get that calf muscle moving again.

The PT that I’m planning to use is attached to my gym building so that will be nice.  I put my gym membership on hold until February 1st, which works out nicely.  I’m anxious to get in the pool and start my water aerobics.  Heck, I’m just anxious to get moving again.

DotAlDec2015Al has been by my side through all of this.  He is a great caregiver and is always trying to cheer me up and making my life these last couple of months as nice as possible.  He is the best medicine of all.  He knows I’ve been  fightingdepression

Al and I really missed seeing all the Christmas lights and celebrating Christmas with our own decorations.  We spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home.  I’m not up to much cooking so we ate simply.  We had Christmas day dinner at my nieces house in Sandy, OR.  The prime rib was wonderful.  We got to see our great-niece, Sophie, who has grown so much.GirlsDinnerOut4

I’m looking forward to getting back to work at Fred Meyer.  I’ll be back in the Seafood Dept, which I love.  I miss everyone at work.  Some of my friends, from the Deli Dept, and I have been meeting once a month for dinner.  We’ve been trying different restaurants and the night out has been good for my spirits.

So, that has been my year in a nutshell.  I hope all of you have a wonderful, healthy, 2016.  I will make every effort to stay in touch more.



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    Al Coon

    One month and one day! 🙂

    You are doing great in that wheel chair getting around and soon the three months of no walking will be over and you can get onto the “walking path” to a full recovery! Fortunately, everything that broke, is lined up perfectly and will heal up like it never happened. That is a very good thing. Yes!

    We have been through some depressing times to be sure. Two hips replaced and two broken legs, and the number of surgeries that I hate to count over the years, but we have had some absolutely wonderful things going on as well, even during the hard times. And the good times are the best I could ever imagine.

    I am one lucky guy to have you and I am looking forward to 2016 being awesome! We still have some organizing work left in the garage (and my office doggone it) but we have the move behind us! You are almost healed up from this second fall, and before Valentine’s Day you will be walking again. 🙂 From that point on, I am looking for good times and happy days. 🙂

    I love you Babe, and thank you for being my wife and sharing life together with me. It has been more than 40 years of great times!!!

    And you have done awesome with the look of your blog. Great job Dotti!!!

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    Alice Smith

    ((Oh Dottie…and Al))) I missed your posts and wondered if you had shut down the website. My heart goes out to the two of you. It has certainly been a topsy-turvy year for the two of you! Hope 2016 brings lots of healing, uplifting experiences with good times and happy days!

    My own two falls in 2014 and 2015 contributed to a dislocated left elbow, broken bones, and two surgeries (This all happened in Papua…I was flown to Singapore and spent 8 days in the hospital…) Then 9 months later I fell again in Minneapolis at my grand daughter’s graduation party, and broke my right elbow. I too, had… and am not completely over depression. My left arm has some disability, but after hearing of your situation, I shall not complain!

    Blessings on your continuing recovery. I don’t know if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. I am, and I find great comfort, hope, and strength in His promises. My husband and I share scripture readings and inspiring stories every morning. The focus for today is that God didn’t guarantee OUR plans for our future…Instead, He tells us not to worry about tomorrow. All of life’s moments, past, present, and future are His…He gives us today… this precious moment in time, and promises to give us strength for today! Matthew 6:25-34. By the way, at the end of our devotional time, each of us lists three gratitudes for today. This has been a mood raising activity for me!

    Thanks for your post today!

    • Dotti


      Hi Alice, thank you for taking the time to post. I’m sorry you’ve been through two falls of your own. (((HUGS))) I need not complain either when some of my friends are dealing with far worse. Depression is no fun either. I am determined to stay focused at work so this doesn’t happen again. I like your idea of listing three gratitudes a day. Positivity is my goal for 2016. Thank YOU for your post today.

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    Oh, Dotti! I pray 2016 will be a much better year for you and Al. Your “grands” are wonderful. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

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    Anne Torrex

    Dotti – I am so happy you are getting better. You absolutely must be extra careful. Perhaps you need to have your bone density checked if you haven’t done so already.
    Can you get me back on the message boards? I want to post again.
    Always wishing you the best and Al too. Love, Anne

    • Dotti


      Hi Anne! I just had a bone density test done and it came back normal, which I thought it would. My co-workers have suggested bubble wrap. LOL Send me an email at DottiC at gmail dot com with the username/pw you want to use. Or, if you are still registered I can check it out. Let me know, either way.

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    Wishing you continued healing, and better health in the new year. Thanks so much for giving us the gift of Dotti’s. You are a blessing to many. xo

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    Suzanne Anderson

    Dottie, I am sorry about all your injuries this year. Praying that you will be back to walking tall soon. You can do it! Love the pictures of your grandbabies. So cute! Bless you and thanks for everything on DWLZ. And tell Al thanks too.

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    So sorry to hear you have been having such a hard time Dottie. I hope your on the road to permanent recovery soon ! Your a strong lady to go through so much! Wishing you lots of healing vibes and prayers that your better soon !!


    PS, I LOVE Al’s hat !! :o)

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