what is it like?

i am on the morning sofa drinking coffee

waiting the hour between meds and breakfast

it is warm

the fan is off

the fan’s switch is nine feet away by the door

i put on my heavy hinged knee brace and stand

this requires considerable effort

and generates significant but momentary pain

i retrieve the aluminum walker which is nearby

i take four walker-steps

each requiring two regular ones

flip the fan switch

and retreat to the sofa

sit and remove the brace

the fan is whirling too fast

being ultra careful i leave the brace behind

stand again

and with the walker held secure

crab my way three feet to the fan

reach up and adjust the speed

then slowly retreat to the sofa

that is a small part

of what it is like

7/19/18 LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott