The needler in the haystack.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TJ comes a-callin'


TJ comes a callin', with his Mommy and Savannah and Kenny.
The appearance of nice weather outside the hospital windows ever since I've been here (the 19th of February) has done a lot to build up a sense of unrelieved cabin fever.

So, this past Sunday afternoon, TJ's mommy brought TJ and Savannah and Kenny over for a visit.

Naked-as-a-jaybird I (all my clothes disappeared the night I came to the Emergency Room) got to wear a polo shirt, drape my legs with a cotton blanket and get a push outside the nurses' station for an encounter with TJ.

TJ was unsparing in his affection, jumping and licking my face and trying to squeeze his 85-pound frame into my lap, perching with me atop the wheelchair.

After several minutes of excitement that included large swaths of drool liberally applied to the blanket, we called it a day while he explored the interesting scents of the hospital's critters.

I would like to think both of us found our batteries recharged. I know I am extra eager to push forward with my therapy and prosthesis, learning to walk with a new leg and get back to my formerly busy way of life.

Many thanks to my non-doggy friends who have also dropped by, sent cards or called with well-wishes, but most especially to Nat, my better half of thirty-five years, my best friend, the love of my life and the reason for looking forward to each new day.

I am deeply moved by your friendship and caring and made the more eager to get back on my feet so as not to miss all the fun the Plainfield scene always offers.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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7 comments:

Bob said...

Dan, you are in all of our prayers and we thank you for thinking of us in this time of stress. Your positive outlook is a blessing to everyone. Good luck and come home soon.

Bob Bolmer

Anonymous said...

Glad you are better. You have been sorely missed. Hope to see you soon. -Jeanette

Anonymous said...

Yes you are in our thoughts and we are all sending lots of healing rays and light your way. Please let us know how we can help in any way. Your voice is so much a part of our lives in the Queen City and your absence was certainly felt. So good to have you back.

To a quick recovery....!

Dottie Gutenkauf said...

My prayers and Joe's too, Dan. We think about you and I'm so glad you had that wonderful visit. I might even go to JFK (who, me?!) to see you--let me know where you are and how long you'll be there!

And DON'T EVER PUT OFF SEEING A DOCTOR AGAIN!!! (Yes, I did mean to shout.)

Something for you from Teddy Roosevelt: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." It's been my motto for years and it's now TR's gift to you via me.

Best to you and Nat.

Anonymous said...

And we are happy and "lucky" to have you and your blog in plainfield!! It is a GREAT source for news about Plainfield :) - Claudia

Anonymous said...

Awwww ! That is sooo cute ! Nothing like love from a four-legged friend ! I am wishing you a 100% recovery and most successful rehabilitation ! YOU CAN DO IT ! - S. Pearyer from Mass.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dan, laughter makes everything easier, so be sure to have a hefty does daily and keep up the good work.

Vickey