30 January 2022

Light Duty

The Lovely Harvey, being a former CNA explains that means no lifting of more than five pounds and several other things.

On the 1,000 mg of ibuprofen and 750 mg of methocarbamol every four hours, I'm sore but not in agonizing pain.  I've got no energy and everything takes longer, but I'm doing well...

Intellectually I know not to push the limits hard.  Those ribs are not knit and can break out of the cartilage holding them in place and puncture something.

Emotionally, however, I'm rearing to go!

It got rammed home tonight when I needed Harvey to move the pot from the sink to the stove for me.

My five pound limit covers the potatoes, but not the pot or the water.

It was good, though, to get to cook again.

The first three days were "do nothing but exist" by doctor's orders.

It's been nice to get out the house the past couple of days, even if I have to do everything at 1/4 speed.

Making potato soup, because it's the first real cold day and we make either chili or tater soup on those days, took way too long and far too much energy.

But I managed to make it and it came out GREAT!

My mom's recipe is near fool proof too.

Dice 5 lb. of potato into random sized chunks.

Chop a good sized onion.

Place in a stock pot.

Just barely cover the potatoes with water.

Boil until tender.  I like to give it an aggressive stir just before they get tender to knock apart the smaller chunks to thicken the liquid.

Reduce heat to low.

Toss in two sticks of butter and 32 oz of Half-n-Half.

Salt and pepper to taste.

This is a base for anything you'd like to add too!  I often add chicken and corn.


  1. Sending prayers your way buddy. That's pretty messed up and judging by the damage to the rig you are damn lucky it isn't worse.
    Just a word of advice from personal experience, ya might want to take some stool softeners.......
    I was amazed at how painful taking a crap could be.

    1. I still have not fully processed how much worse it could have been. But every tow truck driver has expressed disbelief that it was my walking and talking ass in the seat.

      In line with that fortune... Pooping has been normal. At least once I got the seat cushion out.

  2. Sounds like that tater soup would be wonderful with bacon or ham as an alternative to chicken.


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