Friday, November 11, 2016

Playing the Glad Game

Playing the Glad Game by Debra H. Goldstein

I was thinking about having a pity party.  After months of constant travel promoting Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery (Five Star, a div. of Cengage – 2016), it seemed ironic that when my schedule allowed for two-three months of personal time hanging out doing whatever I pleased, I’m now on enforced downtime.  My posterior tendon deteriorated causing my arch to collapse, the tendon to shred, and the ligaments to loosen. The remedy – what ended up being a more extensive surgery than originally planned to rebuild the arch.  It included moving my heel, breaking a bone in the top of my foot, transferring a tendon, and debriding the damaged tendons. 

When I was a child, one of my favorite movies was Pollyanna. Stealing from the movie/book, I’ve decided to play the “Glad Game” rather than having my pity party.  So, here goes:

1)    I’m glad I am in the hands of a skilled surgeon.

2)    I’m glad I turned my ankle in June (the straw that broke the camel’s back) or I would probably have been at a stage where a return to normal couldn’t have been achieved.

3)    I’m glad because I will be non-weight bearing for six weeks followed by months of extensive therapy that I can use a scooter or a walker as an alternative to crutches, which I absolutely can’t use. 

4)    I’m glad I have a loving and supportive husband.

5)    I’m glad I have children who love and care for me so much that all offered to alter their schedules to be there in any way I need.

6)    I’m glad that besides my husband and children, we have been helped by a wonderful system of caregivers.

7)    I’m glad I have friends who sat in the hospital with my husband, helped him get me home, lent us medical equipment, offered to help with my mundane chores, and set up a schedule to bring dinners for the next few weeks.

8)    I’m glad that I will have an opportunity to clear my head and concentrate on my writing and my personal reading.

9)    I’m glad that in two weeks, when I finish wearing a splint wrapped in an ace bandage that accommodates swelling, I will be able to honor my youngest grand-daughter’s wish by picking a purple cast.

Finally, I am glad to have you in my life reading my books, enjoying my short stories, following my Stiletto Gag and It’s Not Always a Mystery blogs, being a friend on my author Facebook page ( ) and regularly checking my website ( My cup runneth over with gratitude --- what are you glad for?


  1. Debra, darlin', one of the things I'm most grateful for is your friendship. Wish I didn't live so far away, so I could come over and help you in whatever way you needed. Any time you need/want to vent, pick up the phone, and I'm there. Ben and I are both sending lots of love your way. xoxoxo

  2. I'm so sorry to see you in a cast, slowing life down for you, but I can see the advantages in the short term. Pollyanna is my mascot, so I see your Pollyanna taking good care of you. Maybe you'll get some really great writing in. I'm wondering, how did your turning your ankle result in this other breakage inside the foot?

  3. Debra - So sorry for your enforced downtime but you did a great job of canceling that pity party! So glad to have a chance to get to know you here and on FB and glad for your friendship. Can't wait to see photos of that purple cast!


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