Herman Under the Weather
I don’t think I ever mentioned to you guys that
Herman hurt his knee this spring. He was bringing his
sidecar motorcycle home from Chestertown where it was
repaired and stored for the winter. Since he hadn’t
been on it in many months, he wasn’t as used to
the balance, and going into the first hair pin turn on
Route 8 returning from Chestertown, he started towards
the center lane and stuck out his foot to stabilize himself.
out he ruptured his “ACL” or Anterior Cruciate
Ligament. This is what holds the knee bones together and
often occurs as a sports injury in football or soccer.
But Herman’s rupture was with 800 pounds of metal
from his sidecar behind the knee. He says he wasn’t
going too fast, but that’s all it took.
he went to the doctor, he was told he could do nothing,
but would always have to wear a knee brace and could expect
it to go out on him again as well as experience early
arthritis. Once Herman told the doctor about the transfers
he has to do with me, he said there was no question. It
in late June, Herman had his knee repaired by using part
of his hamstring in place of the torn ligament. I guess
that’s a fairly common procedure these days, but
the recovery time is longer than any of us expected, so
Herman won’t be back to full usage until winter.
meantime, Terry has been putting in extra time helping
out, and a former aide who has become a friend has been
helping out too, along with Herman’s daughters.
definitely on the mend now and hopefully, as you read
this, he’ll be pretty mobile. It kind of is wreaking
havoc with most of his summer, however. Oh, well. Stuff
happens, and you have to adapt. I have a pretty good grasp
hasn’t had as much use of his sailboat or his motorcycle
this summer. He’s had to stay in, recuperate and
do a bunch of rehabilitation exercises also. All part
of the process.
you see Herman around town with a cane or limping, you’ll
know why. We’re just glad it wasn’t something
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com