Thursday, May 24, 2012
Yesterday I walked the dogs just a short distance Ė a half a mile. Then I spent an hour digging up every sand burr and nut-sedge, and some of the Johnson grass I could find in the lawn. Then I sharpened the lawn mower blade and cut the grass, and after that, I watered all the plugs I had set out this spring using the reclaimed water, which was still on. I had woken up with no catching in the fingers of either hand, and felt fine, except that I was soaked in sweat and left my clothes in the garage before I had a shower. Later I pruned some tree limbs hanging over our fence, and while cutting them up managed to get the end of my left index finger between the blades of the pruning shears. It took a long time go get the bleeding stopped, but it didn't hurt much.
This morning I woke up and my left hand was worse than it had been up to this time, and the trigger finger in my right hand was catching again too. I finally realized that I donít want to grasp anything strongly, no matter what the size or orientation. Thinking about it, I remembered how my paternal grandfather had heart problems, and his doctor had given him a shot of adrenalin. The doctor told him, ďYouíre going to feel fine, but do not go out and do any work.Ē Of course, grandpa was a farmer, and they found him lying under the Farmall Cub (small tractor) where he had fallen. I could start the big tractor easier than the small one, and I could visualize exactly what happened. This was before tractors had starters, and just a couple of years after they had sold the horses, so it was a good workout with a crank to get a tractor going.
The problem is that when you are in a fragile condition but feel great, itís easy to forget to avoid doing things that will affect you. If it hurts when you do it, itís a lot easier to remember not to do certain things.