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Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, April 19, 2013 Under: Doug
I will probably never be allowed to forget that while I was in Colorado attending the "Writing for the Soul" conference, my husband, Doug, fell and herniated a disc in his back. My being home would not have changed the reality one bit, but, oh well.., I did have a very good time, so I am willing to shoulder a little misplaced blame. I will not, however, accept any guilt. 

So, after eight weeks of unfathomable pain, Doug has had his disc removed and is now comfortably pain free, at home.

Doug is like a lot of men... he doesn't do "sick" very well. When I suggested we hire someone to mow our half-acre lawn Doug was resistant. It wasn't until we lost our Boston Terrier, Gracie, in the front yard that Doug finally agreed to hire a landscaper. It seems like the grass grows so quickly this time of year we can actually watch it grow. Doug has now decided to have the landscaper work through the summer to allow time for his back to thoroughly heal. Maybe it is all that experience pushing a lawnmower that makes him so good at handling the walker the doctor wants Doug to use for three weeks now that he has left the hospital.

To celebrated Doug's homecoming from the hospital, I fixed a yummy seafood stew for dinner tonight. I used littleneck clams and cod. The recipe called for mussels, but I don't do mussels. The clams were a good substitute.  Doug likes to eat and I enjoy cooking for people who like to eat. That is one of the things that make us compatible. Now if I could just get him to eat bell peppers.

"Tomorrow," Doug said, he wants to go for an outing. He wants to take his walker and walk to the end of the driveway. Our driveway is long enough to park four cars bumper-to-bumper. That will be an incredible journey for someone whose feet have not taken him any farther than the dining table in eight weeks. Remember," I reminded him, "if you get to the end of the driveway, you still have to walk back."  But, I am resourceful. If need be, I can back the car to the end of the driveway, load Doug in to the passenger seat, pull forward, have him get out near the garage and declare the mission "accomplished."  

Here's to tomorrow.

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Bad Backs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, April 19, 2013 Under: Doug
I will probably never be allowed to forget that while I was in Colorado attending the "Writing for the Soul" conference, my husband, Doug, fell and herniated a disc in his back. My being home would not have changed the reality one bit, but, oh well.., I did have a very good time, so I am willing to shoulder a little misplaced blame. I will not, however, accept any guilt. 

So, after eight weeks of unfathomable pain, Doug has had his disc removed and is now comfortably pain free, at home.

Doug is like a lot of men... he doesn't do "sick" very well. When I suggested we hire someone to mow our half-acre lawn Doug was resistant. It wasn't until we lost our Boston Terrier, Gracie, in the front yard that Doug finally agreed to hire a landscaper. It seems like the grass grows so quickly this time of year we can actually watch it grow. Doug has now decided to have the landscaper work through the summer to allow time for his back to thoroughly heal. Maybe it is all that experience pushing a lawnmower that makes him so good at handling the walker the doctor wants Doug to use for three weeks now that he has left the hospital.

To celebrated Doug's homecoming from the hospital, I fixed a yummy seafood stew for dinner tonight. I used littleneck clams and cod. The recipe called for mussels, but I don't do mussels. The clams were a good substitute.  Doug likes to eat and I enjoy cooking for people who like to eat. That is one of the things that make us compatible. Now if I could just get him to eat bell peppers.

"Tomorrow," Doug said, he wants to go for an outing. He wants to take his walker and walk to the end of the driveway. Our driveway is long enough to park four cars bumper-to-bumper. That will be an incredible journey for someone whose feet have not taken him any farther than the dining table in eight weeks. Remember," I reminded him, "if you get to the end of the driveway, you still have to walk back."  But, I am resourceful. If need be, I can back the car to the end of the driveway, load Doug in to the passenger seat, pull forward, have him get out near the garage and declare the mission "accomplished."  

Here's to tomorrow.

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Bad Backs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, April 19, 2013 Under: Doug
I will probably never be allowed to forget that while I was in Colorado attending the "Writing for the Soul" conference, my husband, Doug, fell and herniated a disc in his back. My being home would not have changed the reality one bit, but, oh well.., I did have a very good time, so I am willing to shoulder a little misplaced blame. I will not, however, accept any guilt. 

So, after eight weeks of unfathomable pain, Doug has had his disc removed and is now comfortably pain free, at home.

Doug is like a lot of men... he doesn't do "sick" very well. When I suggested we hire someone to mow our half-acre lawn Doug was resistant. It wasn't until we lost our Boston Terrier, Gracie, in the front yard that Doug finally agreed to hire a landscaper. It seems like the grass grows so quickly this time of year we can actually watch it grow. Doug has now decided to have the landscaper work through the summer to allow time for his back to thoroughly heal. Maybe it is all that experience pushing a lawnmower that makes him so good at handling the walker the doctor wants Doug to use for three weeks now that he has left the hospital.

To celebrated Doug's homecoming from the hospital, I fixed a yummy seafood stew for dinner tonight. I used littleneck clams and cod. The recipe called for mussels, but I don't do mussels. The clams were a good substitute.  Doug likes to eat and I enjoy cooking for people who like to eat. That is one of the things that make us compatible. Now if I could just get him to eat bell peppers.

"Tomorrow," Doug said, he wants to go for an outing. He wants to take his walker and walk to the end of the driveway. Our driveway is long enough to park four cars bumper-to-bumper. That will be an incredible journey for someone whose feet have not taken him any farther than the dining table in eight weeks. Remember," I reminded him, "if you get to the end of the driveway, you still have to walk back."  But, I am resourceful. If need be, I can back the car to the end of the driveway, load Doug in to the passenger seat, pull forward, have him get out near the garage and declare the mission "accomplished."  

Here's to tomorrow.

In : Doug 


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Bad Backs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, April 19, 2013 Under: Doug
I will probably never be allowed to forget that while I was in Colorado attending the "Writing for the Soul" conference, my husband, Doug, fell and herniated a disc in his back. My being home would not have changed the reality one bit, but, oh well.., I did have a very good time, so I am willing to shoulder a little misplaced blame. I will not, however, accept any guilt. 

So, after eight weeks of unfathomable pain, Doug has had his disc removed and is now comfortably pain free, at home.

Doug is like a lot of men... he doesn't do "sick" very well. When I suggested we hire someone to mow our half-acre lawn Doug was resistant. It wasn't until we lost our Boston Terrier, Gracie, in the front yard that Doug finally agreed to hire a landscaper. It seems like the grass grows so quickly this time of year we can actually watch it grow. Doug has now decided to have the landscaper work through the summer to allow time for his back to thoroughly heal. Maybe it is all that experience pushing a lawnmower that makes him so good at handling the walker the doctor wants Doug to use for three weeks now that he has left the hospital.

To celebrated Doug's homecoming from the hospital, I fixed a yummy seafood stew for dinner tonight. I used littleneck clams and cod. The recipe called for mussels, but I don't do mussels. The clams were a good substitute.  Doug likes to eat and I enjoy cooking for people who like to eat. That is one of the things that make us compatible. Now if I could just get him to eat bell peppers.

"Tomorrow," Doug said, he wants to go for an outing. He wants to take his walker and walk to the end of the driveway. Our driveway is long enough to park four cars bumper-to-bumper. That will be an incredible journey for someone whose feet have not taken him any farther than the dining table in eight weeks. Remember," I reminded him, "if you get to the end of the driveway, you still have to walk back."  But, I am resourceful. If need be, I can back the car to the end of the driveway, load Doug in to the passenger seat, pull forward, have him get out near the garage and declare the mission "accomplished."  

Here's to tomorrow.

In : Doug 


Tags: doug 
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Bad Backs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, April 19, 2013 Under: Doug
I will probably never be allowed to forget that while I was in Colorado attending the "Writing for the Soul" conference, my husband, Doug, fell and herniated a disc in his back. My being home would not have changed the reality one bit, but, oh well.., I did have a very good time, so I am willing to shoulder a little misplaced blame. I will not, however, accept any guilt. 

So, after eight weeks of unfathomable pain, Doug has had his disc removed and is now comfortably pain free, at home.

Doug is like a lot of men... he doesn't do "sick" very well. When I suggested we hire someone to mow our half-acre lawn Doug was resistant. It wasn't until we lost our Boston Terrier, Gracie, in the front yard that Doug finally agreed to hire a landscaper. It seems like the grass grows so quickly this time of year we can actually watch it grow. Doug has now decided to have the landscaper work through the summer to allow time for his back to thoroughly heal. Maybe it is all that experience pushing a lawnmower that makes him so good at handling the walker the doctor wants Doug to use for three weeks now that he has left the hospital.

To celebrated Doug's homecoming from the hospital, I fixed a yummy seafood stew for dinner tonight. I used littleneck clams and cod. The recipe called for mussels, but I don't do mussels. The clams were a good substitute.  Doug likes to eat and I enjoy cooking for people who like to eat. That is one of the things that make us compatible. Now if I could just get him to eat bell peppers.

"Tomorrow," Doug said, he wants to go for an outing. He wants to take his walker and walk to the end of the driveway. Our driveway is long enough to park four cars bumper-to-bumper. That will be an incredible journey for someone whose feet have not taken him any farther than the dining table in eight weeks. Remember," I reminded him, "if you get to the end of the driveway, you still have to walk back."  But, I am resourceful. If need be, I can back the car to the end of the driveway, load Doug in to the passenger seat, pull forward, have him get out near the garage and declare the mission "accomplished."  

Here's to tomorrow.

In : Doug 


Tags: doug 
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