Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, July 30, 2001

Waltzing around town like nobody's business


Last week: cheating on crossword puzzles

For the first time ever, I spent one entire week of my life (last week), doing absolutely nothing, recovering from surgery.

I'm the kind of person who needs to be bouncing all over the place. I can't even sit through movies.

What a job. Uggg. It was murderous, laying in bed, cheating on cross word puzzles, and sleeping.

This week: I feel great

Well . . . Actually, I felt great last week, too. How I usually say it is: "I FEEL GREAT!"

In fact, immediately when I opened my eyes after surgery, that was the very first thing I said.

I was ecstatic because I knew the pain in my right leg was gone.

Laying in the hospital bed, the doctor asked me how I felt (this is the morning after surgery), I said "I FEEL GREAT!"

He stared at me. "No one has ever said that to me right after surgery," he said.

In fact, since the surgery July 14, I've slept through the night every night, because the pain and tingling is gone in my right leg.

(Well, OK. I had a bit of insomnia two nights last week because I stopped taking medication and my sleeping schedule was a little mixed up.)

Hats off - again - to Dr. Robert Heeter, who did my surgery in Waconia. Dr. Heeter has an office right here in Howard Lake. He's awesome. As I've said before: kindness and competency are hard to find. He is wonderful.

Waconia is the very best hospital. The nurses smell great and doctors ask if you need a pillow under your knees.

Since the surgery, I've been walking like a normal 33-year old.

In fact, everyone I know has been absolutely stunned to find me waltzing around town.

I positively wowed a large group of people who work at the school when I stopped at Bergie's Wednesday.

"You can walk!" they said. Funny how precious that is when you can't do it - and you thought you'd never do it normally again.

I won't take my health for granted again, ever.

Shake, rattle, and roll

As I write this, there are about eight semi trucks parked outside the Herald office following the milling machine on Highway 12 (It reminds me of one of those old fashioned thrashing machines?). They use the milling machine to remove the blacktop.

I understand that it's wise to keep an extra supply of water around the house during the water main work, when it begins in the next few weeks.

Water may be unexpectedly shut off when the road crews hook up the temporary water main, from what I understand.

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