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Friday, October 27, 2006

The Care and Feeding of UNJURED Men

No, this blog entry is not just a ploy to put up the cover of my last book. Really. Because I have the care and feeding of a particular injured man on my mind.

Surfer Guy is in the doldrums. He’s 6’5”, and has had back problems for a number of years. Seems no surprise, sorta like a giraffe getting a crick in its neck. Goes with the territory.

However, Surfer Guy had surgery for a herniated disc at the end of July and just found out Wednesday that it has ruptured again! He’s going to have a more drastic surgery to remove the entire disc next week. He’s already been lying around for a week hoping it would get better with rest, but now…now this means even more lying around.

Surfer Guy, unlike moi, is not happy with a stack of books. He needs action! Movement! Things happening!

He’s already bored with TV. The laptop computer is not much better. He borrowed Son 1’s Gameboy and is playing that make-you-mentally-younger game, BrainAge, on it. He’s thinking like a 20-year-old now. And 20-year-olds are not any better at being flat on their backs. The poor man is going nuts.

I, on the other hand, knowing we have several holiday parties we plan on hosting, have turned my attention to Surfer Guy’s usual chores. Last weekend I learned how to use the leaf sucker-upper as well as the gas-powered power washer. I had to fill it with gas and then yank on one of those cord thingies to get it started! I Am Woman, Hear My Tools Roar!

So, while my future looks busy with planning parties, cooking, as well as power-washing everything in sight, I still have to keep Surfer Guy sane.

Any ideas as to what can occupy a bedridden man for a couple of weeks? Ideas are welcome as long as no heavy lifting is required!


At 10:33 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Hmmm. Tough question, Christie. Maybe...woodworking? Wait! I know. Whittling. All he needs is a pocketknife and some sticks of wood.

Or maybe machine repair. Can you do that lying down?

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Oh, Christie! Sympathy to Surfer Guy, but BOATLOADS of sympathy to YOU......

Keeping a flat on his back man happy? Well, we all know what our heroines would be doing in that situation. But then you'd have no time for the leaf sucker upper or power washing!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Hey, Maureen, don't give him any ideas! He's supposed to be keeping his nerve endings quieted down, not all shook up!

And while the tools are no substitute for a man, there is something kind of fun about using those big, powerful things...

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

See, this is why romance fiction is so much...richer than real life.

I'm thinkin' whittling.

In romance, the incapacitated guy would be using his hands for other things.

And Christie, I forgot to wish you my sincerest good luck with this. As Maureen said, poor guy. Poor *you!*

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said...


Sure those big powerful tools are fun! why do you think the GUYS like 'em!?!

And okay, I'll try to think of other, QUIETER activities!!

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

How about having him plan a trip you can take when he's feeling better. He could keep busy with timetables and hotel web sites. Or he could plan a scavenger hunt for your web site. You know, something you'll seriously never use, but he doesn't have to know that.

I'm with Maureen...I was thinking interesting stuff about keeping a flat-on-his-back guy occupied, but okay, I'll let that one go! ;)

Or hand him a stack of cookbooks and tell him to plan menus for the next month. Again, not that you'll use him, but he'll probably forget.

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

Typical that he doesn't want to read. I think any of us would be savoring those moments. Well, except for the excruciating pain part. Not savoring any of that.

Good luck with Surfer Guy, Christie. Maybe you can wheel him out on a chaise and he can be amused while watching you play with the power tools?

Hey, some people might enjoy that...

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Thanks, everyone! Especially for the sympathy...


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