Friday, July 20, 2007

Recovering, and waiting...

I would love to tell you that I've been gone from these spaces for 15 days because I've been on a spiritual retreat. That would be a good reason, I suppose.

The real reason would be closer to being a spirit in retreat. It would also have more than a little to do with having trouble sitting up. Literally.

I went for a week, starting Sunday the 8th, with unbelievable pain in my lower back, such that it was nearly impossible to sit for any period of time. I mean, not at the desk, not at the PC, not watching TV, or driving. It was pretty damn tough sitting down in the lavatory, let alone standing. It just wasn't any fun at all.

And I'm not entirely back from there. The time I do spend sitting up, I'm doing either at work, or in recovery meetings. So blogging and responding to email has been the least of my concerns. Losing my job (or at least running out of paid-time-off, or PTO) or having to end up having surgery were probably concerns number 1, 2 and 3...

But Tim's "where are you?" comment made me realize that no matter what, it was time to at least send up a flare. So I am here, "just as I am," so to speak.

I am way the hell behind in laundry, cleaning, everything. And, on top of it all, I went through a period where my 10-month-old Linksys wireless router went completely kerflooey. I had to keep manually releasing/renewing my DHCP connection about, oh, eight to twelve times a day. For someone whose livelihood is based on internet connectivity via VPN, this just wasn't a good condition to have...

So we are $50 poorer, but we have Son of Linksys in place, and the virtual world seems fractionally stable, again. I am giving thanks for a good chiropractor, for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and for having accumulated a goodly amount of PTO prior to this little adventure. Even if I am resentful enough at my physical condition to wish I could "trade this body in on a model that works," to quote my late lamented mother...

In amongst all this, there is good news. Sister Sue seems to be doing reasonably well, for a while - my being down has corresponded to her being OK, for a bit. That is always good news.

My dear friend Norma - whose friendship I have treasured since we began trudging the seminarian's road together at St. Paul School of Theology back in 1997 - has found love and friendship with a gentleman from the town where she is ministering. He has proposed; she has accepted. And (having no living parents or elder relatives) she has asked me to give her away for her September 15th wedding. I am delighted for her, and am trying to save my sheckels for the 765-mile drive into the Heart of America.

There seems to be a renewed burst of interest among some of the inactive members of my DeMolay chapter. The young men are having an overnight gathering at the Temple Friday night, and I am praying for inspiration to share with them.

I have so far managed to avoid any spoilers about the ending of the soon-to-arrive Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Amazon will be delivering my copy via next-day delivery on Saturday (so I can avoid the insanity of lines at the stores). Not sure how much reading I will get done after being up all night with the kids, but we shall persevere...of all the tasks I have ahead of me, that will be one worth working through!

And, just as gentle frosting on the cake, a few dribs and drabs of rain have pushed the local sweet corn crop near to fruition. And when there is fresh sweet corn and fresh strawberries in northwest Ohio, life gets pretty damn good.

No matter how slowly one must walk to get to the table...

11 comments:

Scott said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon... I'd say that I feel your pain but it is my wife who does. SHe has been going through an awful time with her back as well. She can have surgery to repair a problem or just exercise, swim and take it real easy until it eventually will repair itself. She's going to opt out of the surgery!

I wish you well, take care of yourself! God bless!

Poor Mad Peter said...

May you recover quickly, Steve man. And what an honour your minister friend has bestowed!

Danielle said...

Wow-i hope you get better soon. Having medical issues really suck but its great you have a good attitude about everything.

Im glad someone else is excited about Harry Potter!! Have you seen the new movie I havent ordered mine yet-i hope no one spoils it.

Thank heavens for rain-we were worried the corn wouldnt be ready. Never had the strawberries though.

Take it easy!
Danielle

Tom Scharbach said...

You butter your sweetcorn with strawberries? And I thought Texans were weird ...

I'm glad you are feeling better.

John Z. said...

I am sure the young lads have seen the Ceremony of Light, but no one can do it as well as you! Rest and strech your back and call your favorite PT if you need advice.

John

wilsonian said...

Praying for you back. What a thing to deal with!

~m2~ said...

feel better, my dear brother.

jersey blues are out, as are tomatoes and the first crop of corn is in local markets. one has to travel to the *real* farmers to get the best of the best -- this is when it is prime to live here.

amen, and amen :)

Im A Foto Nut said...

Glad to have you back Steve. No pun intended.

BentonQuest said...

I hope you are feeling better soon! I can relate to back pain, it ain't fun. And we think we are apex species!

Im A Foto Nut said...

Steve, Make sure you listen to the Sermon from Atonement's web site for Sunday the 22nd. It was a sock check Sermon. Just so you know when I checked I didn't have any one cause they had been preached off!

Not as good as Brother Joe, but good indeed.

Lorna said...

Hope you got to read the HP in peace. I did. But it was a bit unsatisfying :(