|Gift from the Brookes after watching Dan swim out|
to ES from the beach in Fredericksted, St. Croix.
Our answer has always been and still is simple, "We're going to keep on doing it as long as we're both healthy and able to manage sailing."
So it was a concern last fall when I noticed the Captain quietly wincing every now and then. He didn't complain about anything, though. He rarely does. But when he began liberally applying NUTMED, his favorite pain relief spray from Grenada, every night before bed, I had to ask what was going on. He finally admitted that his right shoulder was really stiff. He agreed to mention it to his doctor in St. Thomas went he went for his annual check up.
In the meantime, he also finally succumbed to my suggestion of installing an automatic winch on the boat to help with the main and Genoa. This was a selfish request on my part, as the less the Captain can do, the more the Mate must do. It arrived in St. Croix in time for Christmas.
|The exercise bans look worn because|
they're giving Dan a good workout.
Long story short- the doc checked the captain out and prescribed a Physical Therapy evaluation. The evaluation warranted therapy three times a week for four weeks. This was all accomplished in St. Thomas this spring and ended in time for us to make safe passage down to Bonaire for the bulk of the hurricane season.
We are far from ready to throw in the towel. Most mornings now, below the decks of ES you'll find it's transformed into a workout gym. First & Last Mate Rosie does her yoga poses and stretches in the master cabin while the captain has taken over the companionway and salon. (Those hand holds are really useful!)
|Retirement gift from my "Roomie" Karla at HP School|