Every September the favorite back to school topic is how was your summer holidays? Holiday? I spent my summer at our family cabin in Wisconsin running a resort and preparing meals for a dozens of hungry “campers” who thought they were at the Club Med of the Northwoods. It seemed like when we weren’t hiking, swimming, sailing, skiing, and eating we were recovering from hiking, swimming, sailing, skiing and eating.
We never saw the bear, but we sure had lots of other excitement: one sever allergic reaction, an episode of vertigo, a tick bite, an acute lumbar spine injury, a broken toe, 2 herniated disks, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis elbow, and an infected bite from an unidentified creature. Thankfully these ailments did not befall the same person.
We were so lucky to have access to free medical advice. When in doubt call Dr. Nat.
“I am a pediatrician,” she repeated, “and I hate to break it you, but you are all over the age of 18.”
Ah, the blessing of having a doc in the family. “I’ll tell you what I told you the last time you called. Go to urgent care or check with your general practitioner!”
So we learned that if you call 911 on one of those old-fashioned land phones, the rescue squad could locate a cabin hidden back in the woods with only a fire lane number.
Ze Frenchman, the only one who ignored the doctor’s advice, waited to seek treatment until the bite on his shoulder morphed into an abscess the size of a turnip requiring minor surgery and major antibiotic intervention.
We also had a lot of back injuries. Fortunately, we are blessed with a first rate chiropractor, Dr.Dave. Unfortunately, he moved his practice 50 miles further north to Eagle River.
It seemed like every day someone had a chiro appointment, so we switched in names of patients depending on whose pain was greatest.
“I twinged my back,” Nic said, “but right now my toe hurts worse. I dropped a weight on it.”
Dr. Dave was surprised to see our son, who lives in Minneapolis, limp through the door.
“Doc, you always know we’ll be bringing a bus load from Summit Lake,” I said. “You just never know who’ll be on the bus.”
In between our ambulance rides, urgent care visits and doctors appointments, we had a blast.
We had birthday celebrations for my dad, my sister, and my niece. We threw a wonderful party for my mom’s 80th. We toasted my sister’s retirement, my siblings wedding anniversaries and our daughter’s first official day on the job.
You know those Frenchman; they never pass up an opportunity to raise a glass in good cheer.
And surprisingly, on the coldest summer on record, we ran out of ice every day because we were nursing so many injuries.
But hey, no one is complaining. When friends and colleagues asked about our summer holidays we tell them, “It was great!”
When we look back on our Summit Lake summer, we forget the aches and pains; all we remember is the love and laughter.
So, do tell, how was your summer holiday?