Friday, January 8, 2010


As I've mentioned before, I have had trouble standing up from a sitting position. With help from physical therapy and exercising daily, I am now able to stand from most all the places where I sit. The key, it appears, is that from where I am seated, my knees must be at least parallel to the floor, like this:

But I've been unable to sit on my living room couch because it sinks so low that my knees are tilted up, like this:

Then last evening I was feeling daring. I said to Cliff, "I want to try something, but if it doesn't work, you'll have to pick me up."

I went over and sat on the couch. And without too much effort, stood up. Frankly, I was quite surprised!

But wait-- that's not the end of the story.

My biggest problem has been getting up off the toilet, and Cliff has been picking me up. Every now then I have said that I would like to try to get up by myself, and perhaps I could get a quarter inch up off the seat.

This morning, after last night's success getting up from the couch, I said I wanted to try standing from the toilet. AND DID! Must be that my legs are getting stronger!


I had an email correction this morning. Greg Mortenson will be on the Bill Moyers program Friday, January 15, on PBS. Check your local programming.

Funny -

Reports have it that Federal Express and United Parcel Service will combine their operations. The combined company will be called FEDUP.


  1. Getting stronger every day!

    Just stay off the ice--oh, it ain't icy where you are. Good!

  2. Always knew you were a fine and upstanding man.

  3. YAY!!!!!!!
    All your hard work is paying off :-}

  4. Sunday pm: Hope things aren't too shaken up over there!