“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.” – Thomas S. Monson

We have some disappointing news. Our first season of boating will come to an early end. Pete sustained a significant knee injury (ruptured left patellar tendon) that required surgical repair and will demand a lengthy rehabilitation. He fell while playing basketball with his family in Connecticut. 

He was treated at Hartford Hospital by a very efficient team of nurses and doctors. His orthopedic surgeon is a well respected sports medicine doctor. He is recovering at his sister’s home and making arrangements for boat storage. 

Helen and Mary, the TLC Team.

Helen and Mary, the TLC Team, helping Pete smile through the pain.

Since I’ve been in California this past week, I’ve relied on Helen and Greg, Mary and Mitch, and his surgeon, Dr. Robert O’Connor, to provide updates on his care, details on his surgery, and his prognosis for recovery. I couldn’t be more grateful for a steady stream of calls, texts, and photos but you can imagine how challenging it is for me, an ER nurse, devoted wife, and control freak, to be 3000 miles away! 

I fly back tomorrow (6/26), the Tuesday “Red-Eye,” to assume my role and duties, and with the aid of a local captain, I will get our boat to her storage yard. We will stay back east until “Reverie” is secured and Pete makes his first post-operative visit to his surgeon. Subsequent care will be arranged through our local orthopedic surgeon. There will be no knee-bending allowed for two months, after which time, Pete will be eligible for a hinged knee brace for several more months. Physical therapy and progressive activity will be necessary to regain full function of his left leg. Of course, I will need to discourage Pete from doing too much, too soon, as he does not take well to being immobile or feeling helpless. This is where you, our family and friends, are needed. Thank you in advance for reaching out, encouraging slow and steady progress, and helping Pete smile though his recovery.

Our Great Loop adventure has been wildly successful up to this point. I can’t tell you how confident and accomplished I feel knowing I can handle the helm of a 22,000 pound, 40 foot trawler! I’ve cherished the quality time with our relatives and loved the undistracted intimacy of floating along with the love of my life.

This is just a bump in the road, a temporary change of course, and a chance to plan the continued adventure in 2019. We will face this setback with courage, cheerfulness and humility.