It was a given that Rich would ignore the doctor’s orders. We knew he would start skiing again before the prescribed recovery period was over following his surgery last Friday. The only question was when? He’s much too active to sit around and rest. And going for long walks soon lost its appeal. I just knew he was itching to be out on the ski trails, especially given the new snow.
So I went behind his back. Early in the week I surreptitiously sent our kids an email titled “Taking Bets.” I suggested we have a betting pool on precisely when Dad would head out to ski, and asked each to reply just to me with the day they expected him to break bail. The only information we had to go on was the doctor’s suggestion that he take the week off work, not work out for a couple of weeks, and not lift more than 5 pounds. I registered my vote for Thursday then waited for the other bets to come in.
- Karen – Wednesday
- Carl and me – Thursday
- Erik and Matt – Friday
Clearly none of us thought he’d make it longer than a week.
The email responses had barely arrived when Rich started making his move. “Where are my knickers?” he asked Wednesday morning. Uh oh, I was in trouble. Sure enough, by 2pm he was outfitted in his ski clothes and waxing his skis. Shortly thereafter, he was out the door. So much for doctor’s orders.
Upon his triumphant return, Rich wasn’t exactly apologetic for his actions. Far from it, the first thing he did was post his Garmin GPS data for the ski on Facebook. I rather doubt that 10k at 5 min/k was what the doctor would consider an “easy ski.”
I decided it was time to break it to him. So I commented on his Facebook post, informing him of our bet. And about Karen being the winner. As I expected, he was quite tickled that his audacious behavior was the center of family speculation. And that he exceeded our expectations for the most part.
I’m just glad he’s feeling so good. There’s a lot to being in good health to fuel a speedy recovery. But I still hope he doesn’t overdo it. I’d like to bet on a full recovery soon.