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Lots of shade here. :-)

Thirty-five years ago my daughter and I visited Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. It was a hot, muggy day and the sun beat down. As we passed an old sugar-maple tree, we saw a man in a suit sitting on a low branch, reading a newspaper—his feet touched the ground. He must have been on his lunch break and knew where he could enjoy being out the the sun. We couldn't help telling him he had the best seat in the house.
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Bommom

:-)

Bill_I_Am

Okay, okay. One thing at a time. :-)

Returner

Good luck, Bill -- i hope this can work for you!

Bommom

Good! Think even harder, Bill. Look how the surgery has helped Judy. There's nothing like the voice of experience. :-)

jals

:-))

Bill_I_Am

Thanks for all the tips and encouragement, ladies. I'll think about it (like I have been doing for 18 years) LOL.

jals

Nobody here was taking care of me. Although Hubby did do the dishes for about a week.

jals

Bill, it can take months for the swelling to go completely away, but other than keeping the stitches dry for like 3 - 5 days, the initial healing is not bad at all, and I can type that very day. I would highly recommend the surgery. I've had it twice and now this will be my third and hopefully, last. As for basic hygiene, yes, you can put a latex glove over it for showering and toilet, use the other hand. Last time I drove myself home after the operation because they only use a local anesthetic.

Bommom

Put the hand in a plastic bag and hold it above your head while you take a shower.

Bill_I_Am

If I did it now, while I'm working from home, nobody would have to notice that I hadn't bathed for three days. :-)

Bommom

Perhaps in India they use their left hand, but if you leave one hand at a time out of the surgery picture, you'd have a hand for awkward ablutions. As for other chores around the pad, skip them for several days.

Bill_I_Am

I thought you told me one of yours took a long time to heal and improve. I was referring to what my doctor told me about needing to have someone around to take care of you afterward, as you can't get it wet for three days and can't even wipe your own you-know-what. That kind of deterred me since I don't have a servant. ;-)

jals

Oh, okay. An extension, I think they call them. Thanks Bill. That sounds like a great deal. Well, if part of your problem is arthritis, I don't know if it would pay or not, but I will tell you, the recovery is the easy part. It does take a while for all the swelling to go down, but you can start using your fingers right after the surgery.

Bill_I_Am

I do have medical insurance, and it's still expensive!

Bommom

Oh, shoot! Yes, if you don't have medical insurance, the expense would probably be horrendous and I guess there's no such thing as two for the price of one. I'm sorry. :-(

Bill_I_Am

Did I mention that it's also quite expensive?

Bommom

Bill, pick just one finger, go to the enthusiastic hand surgeon, get it done, do all the follow-up therapy and exercises and then decide if it's worth it to pursue further.

Bill_I_Am

Judy, Grammarly is a free plugin or addon for your browser. You can also get a standalone version that will work in Word, etc. And of course, you can also pay for it if you want more features. I'm happy just to have it spot my errors in text fields like this one. It highlighted two just while I typed this!

Bill_I_Am

I've been to a hand surgeon several times, and of course, he is eager to operate. I haven't seen him, though, since arthritis became the visitor that won't go away. The surgery is fast and fairly painless, I think, but the recovery is more prolonged and bothersome.

jals

I've had the procedure twice before Gayle, and it really helps. I used to think it was because I use my hands so much. Typing, putting puzzles together, crocheting, knitting, etc... But I think maybe it is due to my having blood sugar problems.

jals

Bill, I'm sure sorry to hear that. Arthritis in the hands really sucks. I have it in my feet and probably my back too. Yeah, I make plenty of typos, and other mistakes. I can't blame that on my fingers. lol Must be the brain. I should probably check out Grammarly as well.
Thanks Bill!

Bommom

It sounds as though Judy's surgery has helped her.

Bill, I wonder if you might be helped by seeking a second opinion from a hand surgeon.

https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/trigger-finger-surgery

Bill_I_Am

Good luck with the trigger-finger procedure, Judy. My doctor seems to think it wouldn't help me because they are due to arthritis.

My fingers must be worse than ever—I have a heck of a time typing. The letters get mixed up and the spaces in the wrong places. Or maybe it's my brain that's messed up!? All I know is they don't cooperate with each other very well. I would be lost without Grammarly.

jals

Gayle, that must be it!

Ha Bill! You always beat me and your hands are worse off than mine. It must be my brain's slower. I have my (hopefully last) trigger finger op next Wednesday. Then they will all be done except for my pinkies and I hope they don't ever get it. I enjoyed the poem. Been a while since I've thought of that one.

Bill_I_Am

You may be right, Gayle. Something about being in the embrace of your sugar maple brought it to mind.

Bommom

Bill, thanks for that oft-quoted poem.

Judy, because Bill was rolling Joyce Kilmer's poem around in his head the whole time he was solving the puzzle, it sorta slowed him a bit.

Bill_I_Am

You're speedy, Judy! :-)

jals

Now how on earth did I beat @Bill_I_Am ???

jals

If there's a breeze and shade, even I can tolerate the summer.
Right now my bedroom is my sanctuary. I have fans blowing and can lay on my bed and read, play on the computer, etc... while I rest my back. It reminds me of the shade of a tree. Nice puzzle, Gayle!

helenpuz

Thanks so very much, Bommom....I thoroughly enjoyed puzzling it. Thanks for sharing with us.

Bill_I_Am

Trees
by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Thanks, Gayle

It absolutely does bother them, Gayle :-((
My city, Winnipeg, has a huge urban forest of elms lining the city streets, the planting of which began over 100 years ago. It's a real treasure, and to protect it, the city (and province) has been very proactive and urgent about working to manage it, with lots of research and urban forestry $$$ spent, ever since DED arrived when I was a kid (1970s, I think). Sadly, however, the trees they are now planting to replace those that inevitably do die are usually no longer elms. Diversification is the new watchword---for lots of good reasons, but it's still sad. I live in one of the many older parts of the city that has fully mature beauties lining and arching over the avenues, and it's devastating to see them come down, however much we've been able to slow the rate.

Bommom

Elms, Pat! Does Dutch Elm Disease not bother the elms? We had a huge elm (much more vase-shaped than sugar maples) that succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease about 45 years ago. Now we have second-generation elm trees coming in.

I love the dappled light. The shade's a protection, but the light's a promise. Big old trees like this let us have both! We have elms, not sugar-maples, but that effect is the same. Thanks for sharing this, Gayle.

Bommom

This one really casts it, so it's mighty satisfied. :-)

Returner

A tree must be able to feel satisfaction in casting its shade.

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