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    Hermanís Leg Totally on the Mend

    As I’m writing this to you, I’m happy to tell you that Herman’s leg is healing. He was even able to go sailing the latter part of the summer and ride his motorcycle whenever it was nice enough.

    Herman had the surgery June 24th and it was awhile before he could get back to his normal self. The one big difference in my summer was the fact that I wasn’t in the sailboat at all. And I really missed it.

    Last year when I was in the boat I was always worried I was missing the sun, now this year I was worried I was missing the boat. (No pun intended.) I certainly got plenty of sun. I even upped my SPF to 45 on my chest and 30 on my face with 45 under my eyes and wherever it was extra sensitive. I even got to wearing sunglasses to protect my eyes. This was at Terry’s insistence.

    I burned the area under my eyes once, and that was it for Terry. She lent me a pair of her sunglasses that wouldn’t make me look like a raccoon. They were much smaller than my Ray Bans. At times I even requested going in the shade this summer. No kidding. It was that hot. I’m told this summer was the 2nd hottest since 1887 and I believe it. I found this out on Albany NY CH 10 news, which is what I watch along with “Weather on the 9’s” on Cable channel 9. I like to keep updated and they have the weather on every ten minutes.

    So this would be a terrible summer for Herman to be totally incapacitated. He graduated from crutches (and using my spare manual wheelchair in the house) to a cane and then a limp and now you can barely tell he is favoring the one knee. Much of that is due to his physical therapy regime, and he said to put a special thank you in to Amsterdam Memorial Sports Medicine Center and the guys there.

    Of course, I go to the Wells House P-T department and have for years. They are tops in my view. But Herman had a really good experience at Amsterdam Memorial, so I guess they are great too. His physical therapist was Dave Patterson and according to Herman, all the staff there are great.

    Herman’s insurance has denied him more physical therapy appointments so he has decided to keep going in their fitness program because they have been so helpful. This out of his own pocket. But it’s only $30 per month to use their equipment, so at a dollar a day, not too bad. Maybe they will help him lose a few pounds off his middle too. Well worth the money. Once he found out Wells House has the same program for $25 per month, and he has to go there with me anyway, he decided on Wells P-T for his work out. So you could say everything worked out.


    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