Re: [gardeners] Bastrop Gardening and OT stuff

Allen and Judy Merten (
Thu, 20 Jan 2000 17:36:59 -0600

    I don't want any one to think that I feel sorry for me. I don't. I would
rather not have the pain! LOL There are so many people who have horribly worse
to deal with I do. Thank you for the kind thoughts.
    I can garden on my hands and knees almost as well as I could standing up.
Come to think of it. Weeding is much more thorough. Find a lot of tomato horn
worms when they are still small rather than looking for that big sucker that
stripped the leaves down to bare stems. (;-}
    I will feel sorry for me if I can't garden and play in the dirt!
    I hope your back problems are tolerable. It ain't fun.
Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
Zone 8
Linda Baranowski-Smith wrote:

> Allen wrote, in part...
> >    I went to a Pain Management Clinic, Tuesday. I had to go
> >through a bunch of "range of motion" tests. They really know
> >there business there. They managed to increase my pain X 10. When
> >we left, I got a wheel chair ride. Diagnosis is advanced
> >degenerative disc disease. Changed Rx to a morphine derivative.
> ********
> Do hope the meds help.  I have disc problems/muscle spasms and I feel for
> you.  Oh, my... it does interfere with gardening.  Will never forget once,
> when George said something like, "You gotta suffer for the art."  [May not
> be exact quote, George.]  Allen, it seems you're doing more than your share
> of suffering... take care.
> Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5