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Now The Healing Begins

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”


“Injuries are our best teachers.”


I fractured my ankle eleven days ago and had surgery to repair it a week ago. In those eleven days I have been doing a lot of thinking about two things. First, how long is it really going to take to recover from the break/surgery and two, how long will it be before I can go back to hiking. I have been told that after it really starts healing, I will have to undergo a period of physical therapy. How weak will my ankle be? Should I pre condition myself by building up the lost muscle on my stationary bike before I begin hiking again?

I know that these are questions for my doctor and physical therapist, but since I have a laptop and access to the internet, of course I’m googling what I can to find answers. Maybe that isn’t such a good thing…

These next two months (at least) will be the longest that I have not exercised in my adult life. I have always been active and have been sick and injured before, but not to this extent. It has been only a week since the surgery and it is already driving me crazy!!

I know, I know. Stop whining. Stop moaning. So what am I doing to keep busy to ward off the inevitable stir craziness? Well, I’ve purchased several books on topics ranging from the USMC to hiking. I’ve also decided that I need to increase my knowledge of Spanish. Although I can understand a great deal when it is spoken, my ability to speak it is pretty much non existent. Rosetta Stone here I come! What else? Let’s see. I’ll be planning for two of the classes that I will be teaching in the fall and also planning fall hikes (I’m very optimistic!)

I believe that I will also become intimately involved with Netflix and Amazon Prime.

My goal here is to keep myself motivated and moving forward. As active as I am, and have been, this has been hard on me and it has only been a week!

I will continue to stay positive and motivated!

Happy Hiking!!!

Netflix-Thirteen Reasons Why

About two weeks ago Netflix came out with a series based on a book by Jay Asher entitled Thirteen Reasons Why. Disturbing on several levels, I watched the first season with a sense of sadness, always hoping that one character or another would be able to help Hannah, the young lady who has committed suicide. I usually try to read the book before I watch something, but after listening to my colleagues talk about the series, I decided to watch it first. This is truly an amazing series.

I don’t want to spend any time going into the entire story, I’ll leave that for you to do. I do, however, strongly recommend viewing this 13 episode series.

What I have done is written a poem from the lead characters point of view.

I breathe the air of despair, not knowing why.

In and out, every waking moment a trial, I am the accused.

The mask I see reflected back at me, filled with pain, not knowing why.

My life is a charade, why would they? How could they?

The pieces of the puzzle, spread out before me, a mystery, for how long?

Each piece a variation on a theme. How do they fit together? Will they fit together? Should they fit together?

I search for the truth, and as my truth unfolds, I am lost, now knowing why.

Days pass and I circle the hole, fighting not to be consumed, but I can’t hold on. 

The puzzle refuses to come together. I am not whole and as unrequited love passes by, I cry, not knowing why.

Warm water cascades over me and as I slowly slide into nothing, why did she do it they will say.

Will they ever know why? Should they know why? I am tired of not knowing why.