It seems appropriate for another Perils installment considering I’ve been in hospital four times in the last six weeks and I’m writing you during my sixth day in ICU at the local hospital. My blood pressure has been bottoming out in the 40s at night and they can’t figure out why. I have to get outside to enjoy the weather and make garden plans.I haven’t been blogging since early January when my computer fell off its stand and I lost all files. Then it took two months but two of my brothers were so kind and they chipped in together for a sleek MacBook Pro. And then I had to learn the Mac which leads me to today.
It’s been several many months since I posted Part 1 of Perils of a Quadriplegic Gardener.Part 2 proved more difficult to write than I had planned but I’m ready share Part 2. Where we left off I had just had my 12 hour surgery and was off to rehab. My first question in rehab was “When can I go back to work?” But fate had other plans. Right when I entered into physical therapy my doctor incredulously pulled my depression medication cold turkey because it had side effects with some sort of muscle relaxer she wanted to put me on If you know any thing about anti-[depressants you know it’s not as simple as putting them, so I feel into a spiral of depression for six months of difficult rehab. I finally met a young psychiatrist who cared enough to get to et to know me and determine I am actually bipolar and put me on the right course of medication and I could return back to life agai
So after I was accepted into the extension master gardener program at Kansas State and I began to write a column in the Kansas City Gardener featuring outstanding plants which you can read most of them under the Patrick’s Picks category at right, I soon began gardening around the new house and my mood has for the most part been very generally positive ever since.
My next challenge came up when I moved into Trinity Nursing and Rehab and was divorced 18 months ex-wife moved my two boys to Des Moines. I get to see them monthly. But Trinity is such a very special place with a wonderful staff. I seemed destined to be here with two patio areas next to the entrance with 12 window boxes. I created a daylily garden with\ donated plants from a regional nursery with a retail price of over $900. I’m planning apeony bed for the Fall. The there’s the trees. I’m creating my own arboretum with donated trees placed all over the property. I’m only 46 so short of winning the lottery, I’m thinking I have a good 25 years working on this earth and probably all at Trinity so can you imaginehow beautiful the grounds will be then?Making the transition from my old home to a nursing home is one of the proudest achievements.
When I first came to Trinity I worried if I co could survive here but now it’s place where I thrive! So although it’s sometimes tough to live day by day, in general life is good and I look forward to see what blooms for me tomorrow.
Jimmy, some of its magic, some of its tragic, but I had a good life all the way.
Jimmy Buffet, He Went to Paris 1973