Robert Sheneman (rsheneman@PPPL.GOV)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 17:39:49 -0500
I'm not sure if many list members noticed, but I've been out of touch for
the last 2+ months. It was not intentional. Let me tell you about it.
The Friday after Labor day I completed re-roofing our 100 year-old house.
In the joy of the moment I jumped off the roof and broke my leg ;-).
Actually, I was coming down for dinner after too many very long days and
just wasn't paying close enough attention to my footing. After a double
flip in mid-air, and an attempt to catch the porch roof, I hit the ground
and fractured my femur (that's the thigh bone). I was treated to my first
ambulance ride (as a patient), my first stay in the hospital (a week long),
my first major surgery (4.5 hours long), my first blood transfusion (total
of 5 units) and some pretty powerful pain medications. I've now got some
new stainless steel hardware in my right leg and an incision scar that's
about 16" long. I'm feeling pretty well these days, but I've got a lot of
physical therapy and healing ahead of me before I'll be out hiking,
backpacking and shooting photos again. The doctor give me a good prognosis,
but says it will be nearly a full year before I'm back to normal activity
level without limitations. Right now I'm on disability and working at home.
It's taken me nearly all this time to get a net connection set up at home
and sort through all the backed-up messages. This experience has reaffirmed
my faith in family, church, and Scouting. Everyone has been very supportive
and has helped take care of me and my whole family. Anyhow, it's great to
be back at the virtual roundtable. I've enjoyed reading many of the last 8+
weeks worth of Scouting talk. I guess maybe my trip back to Philmont will
have to wait :-).
Asst. Cubmaster, Pack 61
Flemington, New Jersey
Ahoaltuwi Nihililatschik - "One Who Loves Others"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City