a little whine with our cheese?

Tsuga of Goose Creek

I doubt I will get much further with this than to tell those few of you who have wondered that I have  reached the other side of my hand surgery with flying colors——at least with regard to postoperative pain: I have  had none.

I’m struggling against frustrations imposed by only being able to wiggle my fingers inside a bulky dressing. This is obviously most limiting when it comes to typing, but the speech to text software is helping with that, at least for casual writing like the blog  (have I ever made myself stop long enough to post) and e-mails.

I have some more serious writing deadlines coming up very soon, and find it almost impossible to compose  by voice–as if I were leaving a message on an answering machine. You know what I mean?

I go back to the doctor  in one week for casting; I’ll be in cast for  a month, then in a rigid splint for who knows  how long after that.

Thanks to those who have inquired about my condition, and I’m very pleased thus far to have no other symptoms other than severe whininess, plus considerable itching under the ace bandage. The cold handle the large metal spoon works wonders in this regard.

I will tell you that this morning’s job list includes researching the use of Xanax for dog storm phobias. Last night was one of the worst episodes ever. To make matters worse, our 85 pound yellow lab  Tsuga stepped on my wife’s foot in his panic. So now she and I mope around and complain about our damaged parts.

Ain’t life a hoot?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. No pain is outstanding! Boredom and an itchy arm is ok — pain is not. Sounds like you’re on the mend!

  2. I’m starting to adapt to the hands-free way of doing things: I just picked up a blank envelope I needed to address and found myself about to speak out “Mabry Mill Concessions NEW PARAGRAPH Meadows of Dan COMMA Virginia”.

  3. Fred, I was up for three hours with my latest adopted dog as she trembled and drooled with terror at the storm, which she can hear long before I can. I decided to order a Thundershirt, comes with a money back guarantee so I’m willing to give it a try. I’ll let you know how well it works after the next storm; I’ve heard good things about them.

    I hope that your personal healing goes better than expected.

  4. Well, at least Tsuga is looking fit and good !!!

    Give that wonderful dog a bone, and you and Ann take care, and good luck with your mending !!!

    Happiness is having a dog 🙂