Last week HF twisted his knee while he was on duty. He was given the week off to elevate and ice his knee. Nice, right? Well, that's what I thought at first. It quickly got ridiculous. I mean, I understand that he couldn't really do much. But, fantasies about what life would be like if HF got to be home with us for an extended period of time, were greatly diminished. And besides, his presence really threw our groove off. I guess that means that I've adjusted to all the time without him. Here's a sampling of what the injured cop, or my injured cop, does when he has nothing to do:
1. Lots of movie watching. I was privy to his selection: The Marines, 24, Arlington: Field of Honor, National Geogrpahic: Camp Leatherneck, Brian Regan, Neverland, The A-Team, Freakonomics, Clue, The Day of the Jackal, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Transformers (the cartoon!), Eerie Indiana, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, etc.
2. Food requests. I guess when you have nothing to do, you feel like eating. A lot. I can't tell you how many nights I was sent out on errands for a food fix. Mostly pizza, but some other surprising needs. For example, while watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I was sent out to find sushi and a frosty.
3. Video games and the smart phone. A new video game arrived via the postal service. Come to think of it, we received a package or two nearly every single day that he's been home... Anyway, the video game, Red Dead Redemption. Now he can live out his old west fantasies.
4. Gear. Every night after the kids went to bed, HF would get all his gear out from his handy dandy gear closet, and just fiddle with it. That's really the best explanation and I think all of you know what I mean by that. Just playing and messing around with gear.
5. Sleeping and dreaming. And more sleeping. And bugging me when I'm trying to sleep. We haven't slept every night in the same bed for two years, so getting used to him being there is a challenge. He is a very active sleeper, with active dreams. I woke up one night to him screaming help in my face. The next morning he said he dreamt about a ghost that was going to get him and there was "nothing he could do about it". He also pulls all the covers off of me and wraps himself up like a burrito.
6. ebay. He also did some productive things like selling some of his gear on ebay and helping the kids with their homework after school Hallelujah. He also tried to help clean the kitchen and make dinner a few times before his knee gave out. What a guy.
What sort of nonsense does your officer get themselves into when they are stuck at home with an injury or an illness?