Kayaking in South Bethany on a beautiful summer day

The vicissitudes of aging creep upon us.  I have always played racquetball and kayaked since my twenties.  It is always surprising when all of a sudden, my age reference point must be now, not the younger image I carry around inside.

The outdoors is one of the best ways to spend a day in retirement if you loved it but were limited in time outside by working.  Since 2011 I have traveled non-stop and spent most of my time enjoying many activities.

A year ago I suddenly began to feel a sharp tearing pain in my right shoulder.  Long story short, after 9 months, many shots in the shoulder, xrays, physical therapy, MRIs of the shoulder and neck, my right bicep snapped while I was on vacation in the Caribbean in the December.  It was a bone spur that had apparently finally sawed its way through the bicep.

I had shoulder surgery to take care of the bone spur and shoulder arthritis.  The bicep couldn’t really be repaired by the time I got into surgery.  I have had trouble with the torn bicep but at least my shoulder felt better, finally. I wear a compression wrap on the bicep.

Yesterday, I tried for the first time to return to kayak again.  I felt giddy with anticipation but afraid my shoulder would be unusable and I would not be able to paddle across the bay…..

Meet my odd little group of friends I made on the trip.  It was great!

2014-06-29 21.11.16        The young eagle still wanted to be fed.         2014-06-29 21.05.13

I am not at all sure what the Flamingo wanted!




  1 comment for “Kayaking in South Bethany on a beautiful summer day

  1. September 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    There is certainly a lot to know about this issue.

    I love all of the points you’ve made.

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