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  • I've been nursing a sprained knee for close to a month, now. Some would say (i.e., Kathy) that I'm not doing a very good job of "nursing" it.

    I have religiously iced it several times a day, and gave it heat in the jacuzzi as often as possible, and taking ibuprophen with meals.

    But, the past 2 Sundays, I've also gone out and played softball on it. Well, 2 weeks ago, I played 9 games over 2 days on it. I thought it was doing better than it was - adrenaline will do that to you, in the heat of competition, and allow you to forget about the price you will pay later for your running around on a sprained knee, but in the moment, you're not worried about all of that.

    As it turns out, I'm swinging the bat better than I usually do, even when I get to mid-season form and find that groove. I'm getting on most times up, and driving the ball with authority, leading the team in doubles and triples - on a sprained knee.

    The price I pay is considerable. It gets very painful at times, during the week. This Sunday, I need to just do the right thing, and bench myself to give this another week to heal before I try playing again. It's hard to do that, as the team's manager, when I know my bat is making a difference. I've driven in 17 runs in 4 league games, so far. But, I need to take the long view, look at the big picture. Difficult to do.

    But, it's time to take a knee. I say that now, but what will I do come Sunday night? I'm just not sure if I can trust this manager!
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