With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Staying Connected with School Classroom Executone

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Staying Connected with School Classroom Executone

I bet you never heard of an Executone.
Well, that's what kept me connected to my classroom in 7th grade.

This is part of the pamphlet we received with the Executone. I searched the Internet for more information on these early models but could fine nothing.
I kept the "box" in my room and when turned on I could listen to what was happening in the classroom. There was another "Box" at school that a student carried from class to class.
I could speak and answer questions when I pressed the bar on top.
One of three teachers came to the house each week to review lessons with me.

I didn't have to add that 60's feel to this photo ~ It was already there!
Here are a few photos during my recuperation.

Cool typewriter, huh?
The Executone is just behind it and crutches at my right side.

Why, you ask, did I need to be schooled at home?
I developed a Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.
Bet you never heard of that either.

I needed some bone grafting and these three pins to correct this hip problem.

A timely comic strip sent to me from my best friend.

Some saved get well greetings and letters

From my classmates

I spent many months on crutches but was able to return to school the following year.
I continued to grow (much to the delight of my physician) and the pins were removed leaving me with little more than a slight limp, minor movement loss and a little shorter on my left side.

From Wikipedia:
20-50% of SCFE are missed or misdiagnosed on their first presentation to a medical facility. This is because the common symptom is knee pain. This is referred pain from the hip. The knee is investigated and found to be normal.

That is what happened in my case. I was not diagnosed for weeks while seeing a family doctor. He concluded I was just seeking attention!
A trip to an orthopedist sent me right to the hospital for more x-rays and into surgery.


KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, I just love this post. You were the prettiest little girl. I had that same typewriter, and I love when you said that you didn't have to add the enhanced 60's look. That filter really cracks me up. I love remembering when, it was a really nice time to grow up.

So nice to meet you.

P.S. I visited Rhode Island School of Designs art museum recently, and our typewriter is on display. Yikes.

kim said...

Wow, you have kept all those momentos. You sure were cute.

Leann said...

Wow, you right, never heard of either your injury or the executone! So glad that you problem was fixable. The photo's look like they were for a magazine - so sweet and innocent.


Julie Harward said...

You sure were a cutie! What a hard thing to go through...in 6th grade, I broke both my arms at the same time..being a little tomboy! I wore those big old casts for 3 months. Thanks for sharing this today! Come say hi :D

Dayle said...

I can only wish I looked that pretty in 7th grade!! I'm sure your diagnosis was tough to go through. Twelve is a vulnerable age. Glad you're OK today.

Colleen said...

How interesting! You're right, I've never heard of an executone, but what a great idea they had. I'm glad you were able to get a proper diagnosis, sometimes getting someone to understand and help is the hardest part.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

This was a very cool post. I had heard of neither. So I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. Have a fabulous weekend.

crochet lady said...

Wow, that is quite a story. I have never heard of the "box" or that condition. Thanks for sharing your story and how you keep up with your studies while healing.

Natalie A. said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures! It's fun to see you with these older items! I've never seen a typewriter like that before! :) You were a cute girl! Have a great Friday! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Janice said...

Oh my goodness Lorraine what a traumatic experience for a young girl. It must have been great to be able to keep in touch with your class and continue your studies. Thanks for sharing this story and all the keepsakes. And yes, bell-bottoms they were indeed lol! XXX

Alicia said...

Wow! This was a really interesting flashback! I think it's wonderful how they had that available to you, to still be a part of the class although you weren't physically there. Amazing!

I love those old typewriters too!

Ann said...

Great flashback to the past there. That typewriter reminds me of the one I have here that used to be my dads.

Muthering Heights said...

So....as someone who has never known life without a computer, those things look so funny, but cool and retro at the same time!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

That was an amazing way to keep connected with school... not as compact as cell phones :o) and how great to have kept all those mementos. My family had a typewriter like yours with the case.

Good to read that you finally were diagnosed correctly and was able to get back to school the following year.

Blessings & Aloha!
(Like our son (6 years ago), it was a blessing that after his 5 months of intense chemo, he was able to start the 10th grade right on target with the rest of his classmates.)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

I'm with the rest, you are right on both counts. Such a tramatic experience for one so young. Thank goodness you were finally properly diagnosed! I applaude how you continued your studies and I'm sure your recovery wasn't easy, yet you managed to persevere. Bravo!

Thanks so much for your visit and your sweet comments!

Have a lovely weekend!


Anonymous said...

mom, you looked so pretty in the typewriter picture! Love~Jamie


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