MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS by BRUCE
It would be nice if i had the leisure to write here things of interest that are cannabis related but writing a coherent letter doesn’t come easily to me. It especially takes time and effort to write something that is enjoyable to read. But my life is busy and full and it’s hard to fit everything in and now that Spring has finally come to the highlands of south central New York it’s hard to not work outside until the point of exhaustion. What with the yard and gardens and general upkeep on an old farmhouse with outbuildings it doesn’t leave much energy for writing. Next thing i know it’ll be October and starting to blow cold, and then quickly days when i can’t be out because it’s too cold. The warm weather on this hillside is too brief to be spending it in front of a keyboard.
And then there is the bike ride to get ready for, get ready as in get in shape for. Until now the weather hasn’t been warm enough for bike riding with a few exceptions and most of my bike riding has been on the Schwinn airdyne. With the weather breaking i need to get in some road miles. This impending bike ride has been speaking to me for a few yrs now and this yr is the one. On June 18th i’m gonna have my wife drive me to the intersection of I88 and rt 20. From there, with few creature comforts, i’m gonna start pedaling west. If able i hope to spend a couple wks seeing central New York and coming back east via the Erie Canal. Doesn’t that sound like fun, boys and girls? If any y’all see me be sure to say high, better yet, help me get there.
Another reason why i don’t write more here or letters to editors or do more in general is the problem i have with fatigue. Do i know how lame that sounds? Of course i do. In one fell swoop, i went from being able to put in a full day and play afterward to being able to put in a half day, no play. How did such a thing happen, how is such a thing possible? Allow me to explain. When my truck rolled over, the paper said three times, the roof crushed along with my neck and left shoulder. My sixth and seventh cervical vertebrates got sideways instead of stacked and when that happened my spinal cord got kinked, much like a garden hose when it’s bent back on itself. It stayed that way from midnight until around 8 am when i was put into 26lbs of cervical traction. During that time there was no communication, no nerve impulse, from my spinal cord to the area below C-6. Probably 80% of my spinal cord experienced a cellular death at that time. Spinal cord cells do not regenerate. But what does this, however interesting, have to do with fatigue? I’m almost there. Our nerves are covered with an insulating sheath called myelin, a lot like the insulation on electric wiring. During the time when there was no communication from my brain and spinal cord below the area of C-6 the myelin on my nervous system degraded leading to its fatigue. The fatigue of my nervous system leads to the fatigue of me. Recovering from paralysis was the challenge of a lifetime but i was able to pull it off. I can’t defeat my nervous system, it rules. It is disabling to me, it has changed my life. Thank you for understanding. I’m glad there’s cannabis to help wile the hours.