On Saturday, I missed photographing the best game the Floyd County High School varsity football team has played all season.

I missed it because I'm entering my fifth week of battling pneumonia and couldn't chance standing out in the freezing cold of a football field on a Saturday afternoon. I missed it because I'm an idiot that hasn't listened to his doctor about the dangers of trying to come back too soon from a disease that has laid me low for three of the last four years.

For much of my life I've defied the odds and come back from injuries and diseases that should have put me in a graveyard. I've always been able to bounce back and work while injured or sick.

No more. As my 61st birthday approaches in less than a month I have to realize that the body is not as young or a resilient as it used to me and that this cat may have used up most of his nine lives.

I had planned to return to work on Monday. Now it will be at least another week, Dec. 1, before I can be fit enough to tackle a full schedule without tiring too easily. I hope to be fit enough to shoot the state semi-final game at Floyd next Saturday but that will be possible only if I do very little over the next week.

Even when I do return to the semblance of a normal schedule, I need a severe lifestyle overhaul. Less fatty food, less caffiene, more exercise and a more moderate work routine.

There's a sign on the door of Blue Ridge Muse right now. It reads: "Temporarily closed because of illness."

I need to make sure "temporarily" does not turn into "permanently."

On Saturday, I missed photographing the best game the Floyd County High School varsity football team has played all season.

I missed it because I’m entering my fifth week of battling pneumonia and couldn’t chance standing out in the freezing cold of a football field on a Saturday afternoon. I missed it because I’m an idiot that hasn’t listened to his doctor about the dangers of trying to come back too soon from a disease that has laid me low for three of the last four years.

For much of my life I’ve defied the odds and come back from injuries and diseases that should have put me in a graveyard. I’ve always been able to bounce back and work while injured or sick.

No more. As my 61st birthday approaches in less than a month I have to realize that the body is not as young or a resilient as it used to me and that this cat may have used up most of his nine lives.

I had planned to return to work on Monday. Now it will be at least another week, Dec. 1, before I can be fit enough to tackle a full schedule without tiring too easily. I hope to be fit enough to shoot the state semi-final game at Floyd next Saturday but that will be possible only if I do very little over the next week.

Even when I do return to the semblance of a normal schedule, I need a severe lifestyle overhaul. Less fatty food, less caffiene, more exercise and a more moderate work routine.

There’s a sign on the door of Blue Ridge Muse right now. It reads: "Temporarily closed because of illness."

I need to make sure "temporarily" does not turn into "permanently."

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5 Responses

  1. and completely. BTW, there are pneumonia vaccines out there. Maybe you could look into that when you are better? We don’t want you laid up anymore!

  2. At age 65, I feel your pain. I retired 2 years ago at the age of 63, and have spent much of the last two years recuperating from a life of active physical labor on a daily basis. I always prided myself in my ability to outwork most folks. So now I pay the price.

    What I have learned is to pay attention. Am illness, pain, symptom is a message to me that I need to pay attention, and I do. The payoff is that I recover faster, and get to have many more good days.

    My position is that I can still do everything I could always do, I just have to pay a much higher price. My basic decision has been that I want to live long, and I want to live well. The only way I can do this is to take care of myself. Perhaps all of this has already occurred to you. The real issue is consistent implementation, with an end to rationalizations.

  3. Listen to the doctors and take control of your health. I don’t doubt for a minute that you will recover soon. Let your lovely wife pamper and coddle you for a little while. We’re all cheering for you!

    ~Tracey

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