I just got back from visiting my best friend in the hospital . Jess has " rode the chair " ( been in a wheelchair ) for the last 30 years or so . He has reached the point that he has difficulty healing , and is today hospitalized due to an infection . Come to find out about two weeks ago he managed to break the knob off his femur ( the big leg bone where it joins the hip ) and just did not realize it or did not say anything . Long and short is that now he has an infection deep in his hip , his caricaturisation ( sp ) is not working well , and anything they do to try and treat the broken bone is complicated by some un expected spastic response in his leg. If all works well ill have him one more season , we will have one more chance to hunt game , hopefully from dove to elk . but i suspect at the best it will be jess's last year . If i can get him out of the hospital again ill be his " designated hunter "( in colorado handicapped folks can hunt and in some cases in special rules , and take an able bodyed hunter to do such as clean game ect.. ) again . A good man is being eaten up here due to injurys from a long time ago . Dont light a candle for him because he is my friend , and dont light one because he bought rifles to make a jr marksmanship possible . Light one because his life has been a flame in the night and it all to sudden will come to a close . The man changed my opinion from handi capped to handi capable. if you need a deffinition of this well watch a person push a wheelchair over a parking lot made of 3/4 inch rock , and then shoot . For myself the best thing jess ever did is that he made me sit in one of his old chairs and follow him for a day , not a month a day . Before that i thought i understood . Nowadays i say light a candle , do your best so that jess may live to see his grandchild . he wont see much more , but we are a small community and his grandchild will know him thro my storys if noting else .
forgive me for posting a friend is dead post , but its a matter of time and all good thoughts are welcome .