Sunday, September 02, 2018

A tonic for my soul

I'm going to try starting back to work tomorrow on limited duty. I have some interviews I did back a few weeks ago so I plan to knock those out. I also have several on my todo list. Getting pictures might be challenging, but if I'm released to drive this week, that will make things doable.

I've got cabin fever. The last few weeks the only places I've gone are to therapy and with Jilda to the store. Before the surgery, I spent time on the road almost every day. Even when I had no particular destination, I had a chance to ride, observe, smell, and photograph things that interested me. Not being able to do that has been harder on me that I would have imagined. I don't have much experience with depression, but I think the side effects of anesthesia, and the other meds have played with my spirit.

Jilda is observant and she picked up today that I was down. We needed a few groceries so, after breakfast, we headed to the store. On the way, she swung by the Forks of the river. It was during church time so there wasn't anyone fishing. We pulled down to the edge of the parking area and switched off the engine, rolled down the windows, and sat for a while. It felt good. That place is like a tonic for my soul.

This afternoon, I've felt much better. Jilda fixed Italian sausages and veggies on the grill. I sat on the deck and supervised.

I'm hoping the worst is behind me.


  1. You've done really well. Only a little more time and this knee business will be part of history.
    Picking up the work reins will help towards getting back to your old routine.
    Looking back you made a wise choice when you married Jilda...
    though I suspect at the time wise might not have been among the words at front of mind. :)

  2. Cabin fever can play on ones mind for sure so glad that Jilda got you out and about and into nature. I always find that it’s good to get back to work when one can so one doesn’t start feeling sorry for oneself. I have been sick more than once where cabin fever crept in.

  3. I am so glad that Jilda is in tune with you (and observant). Depression is a soul sucker. I hope that you return more familiar ground soon.

  4. Hard to believe anyone who plays guitar can be depressed....must be the meds.

  5. Tonic for the soul, nice metaphor, i like it.

  6. Patience is the key word; it"ll soon get better. Good thing you drive. Those that don't drive and have undergone knee/hip surgery are usually afraid to walk or get on buses unaccompanied.

  7. I do know what it is like to have cabin fever. I've been there and done that one myself. Not with knee surgery like you but with others...I think we never fully appreciate things until we no longer have them. To be able to be out and about is one of those things for you. Your Jilda is a blessing and knew just what you needed. Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day and that you'll soon be able to get out about on your own!

  8. It's not easy to be patient while recuperating from an illness or surgery that forbids the activity that you're used to. You'll get through, with Jilda's help of course!!! Take care.

  9. Great phrase. Depression is often a by-product of surgery and recuperation. Jilda is a very astute spouse.

    Patience? Do any one of us possess that?

  10. Good to hear you are back to work but just take it easy and don't do too much too soon

  11. I could picture you guys parked by the riverside. Sounds refeshing. Wont be much longer. Hang in there.

  12. Yep I have had 'that' place also and know how it feels. Lately mine has been just out in the woods. That lady of yours is one smart cookie. U B ver Lucky! But then you know that much better than I. I hope you get your 'release' or at least a 'parole' soon!

  13. Anonymous11:30 AM

    I have the feeling Jilda will make sure that you're fine!!


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