Impatient Patient

I’m an impatient patient. I’m anxious to get back to my work, my life, and my health – or what passes for health around these parts.

I’m also an experienced patient, and know to temper the impatience and to listen carefully to my body as I work my way through my various challenges. I haven’t needed a refined musical ear these days, though. There’s been a lot of pain coming in loud and clear from last week’s surgery to remove a kidney, and I’ve been taking it very, very easy. Let me clarify. There’s actually very little pain when I’m resting (shameless plug: my rocking chair is very, very comfortable, and this has been a very good test of that). Up and about is a different story. But the pain has been slowly easing, receding, dulling. The milestone yesterday was ditching the narcotic pain pills. I hate those pills. And getting rid of them is a big step on my road to recovery. I’ve also been out walking a fair bit. That does more than anything to restore my physical and mental well-being. I even made it in to the shop yesterday to check on things, and to do a tiny bit of very simple work. And then I rested some more.

All in all, this is pretty much where I expected to be. The really difficult part is over, and what comes next requires equal measures of patience and impatience; of listening to my body, and of ignoring it to push beyond my limits and get stronger. I’ve done this countless times before. I’m used to it. Here I am again.

I’m eager to get back to full strength in my writing, furnituremaking, and teaching. And I will be back. Soon!

8 thoughts on “Impatient Patient

  1. Glad to hear that things are progressing and that you’re able to get out a bit. Keep up the good fight – you’ll get through it.

  2. Hey Jeff,
    Recovery does takes time, I have learned as you have in dealing with health issues. It isn’t the funniest thing to do but you are getting better, I am glad to hear that. I want you to know when I get healthy enough I plan on taking a class from you.

    I hope to see you soon
    Lou Vasion

  3. A speedy recovery. Your now tattered book on chair making is what set me on this splintery path.

  4. Best wishes to a speedy recovery! While we have only met once, your books have been a continual inspiration for me. I hope to take one of your classes soon.

  5. You’re like most of us woodworkers, “you don’t do nothing well”. Be patient. You’ve done it before and you’ll do it again.

    Best Wishes from Juile and I