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Physical therapy, hockey players, and Edward Taylor

February 2, 2012

The thing about physical therapy is that it does not matter if you are an expert on Edward Taylor (the Puritan poet) or a brain surgeon, what matters is if you can bend your leg, which I can’t. This was alarming until my very nice therapist, bent it for me. “See,” she said, “You can bend it. You just need a little help.”

She told me about one of her clients, a semi professional hockey player, who ruptured his hamstring, just like me, and cried during treatment. I liked hearing this. Not that he was in pain, but that he cried. If a semi-professional hockey player weeps, then, really, I am very brave to be soldiering through my life and it does not matter that I can barely remember “Huswifery” and “The Spider to the Fly” — Well, I can remember them — these are Edward Taylor poems — but not well enough to compare them, and actually all of his poems, to Anne Bradstreet, which is what I am going to have to do very shortly, as I just said I would write an essay on seventeenth century poetry by September 15th, which now seems very close, far too close.

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  1. February 2, 2012 7:50 pm

    I helped nurse my big , strong husband ( former hockey player btw) back to health after he ruptured his Achilles tendon. It was an awful accident that also banged up the rest of him. When they took off the cast , moved the foot to recast in the new position, it was painful for me to even watch, much less for him to go through it. Sending you prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t concentrate on other things with the same intensity that you used to be able to muster. You will get back to your good old self in time! MDH ( my dear hubby) did!

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