Dear Ted and Jody:
While I am in no way as bad a shape as the Jeff Bridges character in the 1974 movie, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, got after he took a beating that eventually resulted in his death; the road to recovery after falling down the other day makes me appreciate his portrayal of a man who has suffered a physical trauma and wants to continue normally despite it. Bridges’ portrayal of unsteady walking, dropping things and fumbling with things is most accurate (and remember I saw the movie once some decades ago when it finally showed up on television in the days when we first had HBO on Coe Road after installing a huge dish in one of the gardens). The mind wants to do things and the trauma to the body fights the doing.
Nancy was still concerned about the damage done to my toes since I am a diabetic. I have a blood blister on one and I think she is afraid it is going to break and I am going to bleed all over the place. So, she called the doctor yesterday morning and we both talked to the nurse on speaker phone. I fear the nurse confirmed Nancy’s worst fears. So yesterday afternoon I accused her of shopping for rubber socks in Target when she claimed she was looking for a birthday card for one of her granddaughters. I could tell from the expression on her face that she was thinking “why didn’t I think of that.” I am guessing I am sleeping with a bred wrapper of other plastic bag over than foot until blister either breaks or the body reabsorbs the blood in that blister. She slips the plastic bag on my foot after I have gone to sleep and takes if off me just before I wake up. I just know that is what she did last night since she makes me wear rubber boot during the day when I am in the house or car.
When the nurse asked if I used a walker or a can for stability, I finally realized why people use canes. They carry them as a third point to stop a potential fall. Those canes with three-pronged rubber tips now make a great deal of sense to me. Do you suppose I could find a cane that would be useful in crawling rocks and boulders to get to a better vantage point for taking a shot in predawn? If this last question doesn’t underscore what a great job I think Bridges did in that movie, I have got to be more pointed.
However, I am moving about just fine. Indeed, this morning, I processed 5 pounds of mandarin oranges in my quest to dehydrate everything. This is the second batch using segments rather than traditional circular slices. The first batch did not do well as they took forever to begin to dry out and then they still are moist inside to the point of providing a growing medium for all sorts of microscopic critters. So this time I sliced each segment in half longways. I have hopes this will begin to mimic the commercially processed ones I got at Costco some weeks ago (that I like so well and that they no longer seem to carry). As a side note, I only found four seeds in the entire dozen or so mandarin oranges I processed. How does that species reproduce? Anyway, I was on my feet for well over 90 minutes and didn’t even teeter, stumble, or drop anything, much less fall. (But, it is time for a nap, now,)
Yesterday started out and ended with sunshine, while the sun was up. Nancy remarked that it was the first day this October that it didn’t rain. I did get a shot or two during the day. Since there were clouds moving in from the Pacific, we decided to go up into the Cascades and see if we could get some color at sundown. The color was sparse as the front was moving in too quickly. However, I did take a few shots. Then before I settled down for the night, I thought I heard rain. Yes, we got a trace of rain, 0.04 inch of rain, before 10:00 P.M. There goes the only day in October we didn’t get any rain. If it is any consolation to Nancy, it is going on 6:30 A.M. and it hasn’t rained today, YET.
Warmest regards, Ed