Greetings and Salutations!
Wow, February is upon us, yet I feel as if the year’s just begun.
Perhaps it’s because I spent the first ten days of 2024 wholly entranced by the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and distracted by the thrill of my return to SKI COUNTRY!
That’s right. After a 2 ½ year hiatus from skiing and a total knee replacement a mere ten long months ago, Ann and I returned to the slopes of Colorado – and triumphantly, we each came home in one piece.
Listen, I’m by no means an advanced skier. I don’t like bumps, and I certainly don’t jump. Instead, I cruise the blues and take in the views of wintery alpine scenes and endless vistas of snowcapped mountains glistening under clear azure skies.
The joy and sheer playfulness of the experience brought back thrilling childhood memories of sled riding down neighborhood hills on my Flexible Flyer (I’m dating myself with that one). That was back in the era when Long Island had predictably snowy winters and bankable school snow days.
Back to skiing. My long-dormant muscles were grudgingly reawakened, and just like riding a bicycle, they reflexively remembered what to do as I gleefully glided down the mountain. Aside from returning home a bit sore (ironically, everything seemed to ache except my new knee), I feel rested, rejuvenated, and happy to be in the office seeing my dear patients.
I had two revelations whilst skiing, likely brought on by the Rocky Mountain High that it inspires. I’d like to share them with you:
Revelation #1: It is far easier to fall while skiing than it is to get up.
Revelation #2: I am incredibly fortunate to have an associate as capable and caring as Dr. Rob Caro. Rob and my beloved team – Sandra, Carmen, April, Maira, and Monique – did an exceptional job guarding the fort while I was away.
The knowledge that my office and patients were well-cared-for afforded me the peace of mind and freedom to disconnect completely. Ann and I were able to chill out figuratively and literally because the temperature was three degrees almost every morning while we were there.
And, I wish you all a belated Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see you in 2024.
PS: If you haven’t been in for your regular check-up, come see us…we miss you!