LIMA — OK.
I get it.
It’s a pain. A big pain.
Knee surgery that is.
I’m under the knife at high noon today for a full knee replacement. Then it’s onto the “disabled list.” For how long? Your guess is as good as mine.
Everybody is different, the doctors all say. It could be anywhere from eight to 12 weeks or two to four weeks.
The only thing for certain, they all say, is it’s going to be a painful recuperation.
Everyone has advice for a quicker recovery. Tops on the list is not to slack off on your therapy. “Be a beast, be a machine when it comes to therapy,” one person told me.
The other piece of universal advice is to keep the knee iced to cut down the swelling. In that regard, two different people recommended the use of bags of frozen peas as an ice pack, with one cautioning to be careful not to cook the peas at a later date. “You really should throw them out when you’re done,” she said.
I’ll keep that in mind.
I guess what I’m getting at is this column will be going away for a while. It will return, though. The newsman in me is just wondering if that return will happen before any of the following occurs:
… the Lima Police Department gets body cameras. They’ve been looking into it for more than a year now.
… the FBI concludes its investigation of former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish. Agents entered Crish’s office Sept. 7, 2016, armed with a search warrant, setting off a chain of events that led to Crish’s resignation less than four months later.
… movement is made on the downtown Rhodes State project. When first announced, an “end of 2017” completion date was forecast.
… more Lima police officers are hired. Every council candidate running for office said they’re needed. Was that just talk to get a vote or were they serious?
… the Allen County commissioners make a pitch for a tax increase to help pay for capital improvements.
Anyone want to make a wager on how quickly any of these will happen?
It’s going to be painful going through knee surgery. I can also be a pain watching the speed of government in action.
ROSES AND THORNS: A salute to a special ceremony.
Rose: To Jeff and Joyce Tracy and family. They helped place Veterans’ Remembrance Wreaths on the graves of the American heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery just before Christmas.
Rose: To former Lima resident Don Bruns, whose 16th novel — “No Second Chances” — comes out in March.
Thorn: To dead car batteries, burst water pipes and slick roads caused by the recent deep freeze.
PARTING SHOT: Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.