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    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. Bad mistake.

    Turns 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.

    When 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 needed repair.

    So, 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. Not good.

    In the 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.

    He’s 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 of that.

    So Herman 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.

    So if you see Herman around town with a cane or limping, you’ll know why. We’re just glad it wasn’t something worse.


    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