You know the meme "you know you're a ... when ..."? This night I had mine: You know you're a writer when you plot your physical injury onto the hero's journey. Back in October I injured my Achilles heel. Doing sports with my 5 year old, I tried to jump to the top of a wall. As I pushed off it felt like my foot 'sank' into the ground. An innocent Virgin birth ( no women involved here...) I refused this first call, thinking it would disappear by itself. Then, about two weeks later, my foot got stuck and I tripped. This hurt enough to make me call a physiotherapist. Answering call number two. Things got progressively worse from there. They made an ultrasound and determined it wasn't ruptured. I just needed a brace to keep my foot locked in place. This had to be prescribed by a surgeon. The surgeon thought it might be worse than that and gave me an MRI. Turns out I ruptured my Achilles tendon in half and in such a way that I needed surgery to sow the pieces back together. The surgery turned out more difficult than expected. They fixed the thing, but because of the size of the cut they blocked my nerves so I couldn't feel a thing. they also have me a cast that forces my toes to point down at a 45 degree angle. That was last night. The anesthesia wore off in the middle of the night. Which brought me to my low point, my decent into the underworld. It hurt, though morfine helped. But the pressure of the cast against the wound made sleeping impossible. I couldn't find a position which was comfortable and, since it was 4 in morning I felt miserable. At which point I started plotting my journey on the hero's journey. It was a way to keep my mind off things and it helped a bit. I'm waypoint plotting the rest of the journey. In two weeks my foot gets readjusted. and again two weeks after that. at some point I'll het cast in which I can walk. I'll emerge from the experience at home, but changed. Both physically and mentally, as fits with the journey. And that's it. For those looking for a point to this post, there isn't one. Except that sometimes you have to write down your experiences and thoughts. Apologies for the wall of text if you've read this far.