We note, as we put pen to paper this week, that this will actually be the first column we will have written in 2013.
We penned all the columns for the month of January the first part of December as we had made some rather unusual plans to celebrate the holidays and were not at all certain that our holiday celebration would allow us to do January's columns in January. And, since we undertook having a total hip replacement on December 27, our thinking proved to be quite correct. January was a month of recovery, having spent the end of 2012 as an inpatient guest at the Bassett Medical Center here in Cooperstown. And while we survived the experience, we are not certain it will make our long list, let alone our short list, of ways in which to celebrate the holidays in the future.
And while credit for the success of the operation must go to those involved with it at Bassett, we do think it is safe to say that much of the reason we got through it as well as we did was that fact that our sister Ellen arrived in Cooperstown on Dec. 17 and only just left this past Sunday. And right up front we hasten to note that she came and she stayed even though it meant leaving her home in Austin, Texas which tends to sport much better weather this time of year than does Cooperstown. And of course, had she stayed in Texas she would not have had to deal with all of our horror and angst over the surgery and the resulting recovery.
Of course, the first problem she encountered was getting us to the hospital by 6 a.m. in the midst of what has been to date the largest snowfall of the season. Fortunately, our trusty snow remover, Skip Wright, arrived at 4:30 that morning which made it possible to get out of the driveway, down Pioneer Street, onto Beaver Street and around to Bassett. We made it with time to spare.