Thursday, August 30, 2012

It sucks to be me

Allow me a moment of self-indulgence here. It’s been 5 weeks since my unfortunate incident involving toppled trees, a step ladder, a chainsaw, and the medical community (link here) and I’m feeling the strain.

I didn’t want to admit the docs knew what they were talking about when they said “a minimum of 4  to 6 weeks” for any kind of recovery and expected that I’d be back out there riding and golfing before the end of August. Well, since my seriously abused body hasn’t seen 21 in four decades that’s just not going to happen.

Profile PictureI tried to hit a few balls on Monday – bad idea – and set myself back a few days I think. And riding?  Well it seems there was extensive muscle damage as well and until that heals (which takes a long time for us old folks) I can barely get the bike off the side stand let alone hold it up if it started to tip at a stop. That would be another bad idea.

So I wait. And wait. And wait. And experience the kind of cabin fever that typically rears its ugly head in late February when the dark, cold days get to be too much and you begin to understand why they consume more vodka than water in Siberia. (Although I have recently discovered the joys of good bourbon, so that may not be such a bad thing.)

I know. The world is going to hell in a hand basket and I’m complaining about not being able to play golf? Well, as I said, just a moment of self indulgence and then I’ll get right back to fixing the rest of the world’s problems.

There. Now I feel better.

14 comments:

  1. Canajun:

    so sorry you are watching the ebbing days of summer, from the inside. The wise choice would be to wait until next Spring, as much as I am reluctant to say this, but health is more important than a bit of selfish desire . . .

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube


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    1. Bob - It's the classic head versus heart argument. I'm trying to keep the head in control. Really, I am.

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  2. It looks like your patience is being tested. It will all be worth it when you ride again. COURAGE

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    1. Thanks NoName. It is being tested indeed. But, as the saying goes, this too shall pass. And seriously, watching the news last night about the Louisiana flooding I still have lots to be thankful for.

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  3. Canajun,

    First off, sorry. That sucks pretty hard. On the upside, it could have been worse. My dad had much worse a few years back because it was the tree that landed on him. He lived, but it could have gone the other way. Anyway, tree stories freak me out and I'm glad you're alright. I hope your insurance was comprehensive. Oh, you're up North... right. Probably was.

    Also, what, no Canadian whiskey? Not that I've ever found a good one, but I figure you'd have the line on some quality stuff.

    Brady
    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

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    1. Brady - You're right; it could have been a LOT worse so in a sense I'm still pretty fortunate. And the insurance was pretty good - in fact other than a $45 deductible for the ambulance I haven't paid a cent for medical - and there's been lots of that. One of the benefits of living here.
      I have to agree with you on Canadian whisky in general but the Crown Royal Black is not too bad if you haven't tried it.

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  4. Canajun - Admitting that we're not 21 anymore is probably the hardest part. I remember, after my little incident, getting the bike picked up riding off to work and then limping home, barely able to breath and having to ask my son to drive me to emergency. I finally had to admitt that riding for the summer was over ... the good news is, time will heal it if you give it a chance...and you can still get to the Old Bastards Show with four wheels (they'll let you in!). Hope to see you there next weekend, let me know if and when you're going -

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    1. Karen - "Admitting that we're not 21 anymore is probably the hardest part." Too true. LOL.
      Still planning to get to the OB Show next weekend, but not sure just when. I'll certainly let you know and perhaps we could meet face-to-face and grab a coffee.

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    2. Glad to read that you've healed up enough to do something stupid like swinging a golf club (ouch!!) or thinking about climbing on your bike (doh!). Hang in there Canajun. How's the damage to the garage coming along? Any silver linings?

      All the best,

      David

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    3. David - No silver linings that I've found yet. Garage repairs are still waiting for the contractor to schedule the work. Everyone has so much work from the storm they're tackling the jobs affecting people's homes first - not unreasonably. So it may be a while yet. Good news is the insurance company actually turned out to be great after a somewhat shaky start.

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  5. I think you should give up Golf as it cuts into clinical riding anyway. Besides, Golf can be dangerous and should be played while wearing a helmet, plus I wonder, Do loud golfcarts save lives????

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    1. WB - LOL. The way I play golf it's the other guys who should be wearing the helmets! Loud pipes might be an idea; I do have a friend who was run into by a golf cart driven by a rather inebriated hack. She never heard him coming!

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  6. Dear Canajun:

    Mark Twain once described golf as "A good walk ruined." A great hunting and fishing writer I once read religiously said, "Every time I see a golf course I think, where the hell are the headstones?"

    I will learn to play golf when they combine it with trap shooting.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep
    Twisted Roads

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    1. Jack - Now there's a thought - Extreme Golf. In addition to the regular hazards - water, sand traps, trees, etc. - there will be crack shots with shotguns placed at strategic spots along the course whose job it is to shoot your ball out of the air. When I patent the idea I'll be sure to give you credit. :)

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