The Herald Bulletin

September 5, 2013

Rick Bramwell: After surgery, some physical problems out of the way

The Herald Bulletin

---- — A little good news can go a long ways. With my recent surgery, the good news from Dr. Surtani and his wonderful staff, translates into a lot less pain and inconvenience.

My surgery was for a rotator cuff tear, torn bicep muscle, calcium deposits and bone spurs. The cuff problem means immobilization of the affected arm and shoulder for six to eight weeks and lots of therapy.

Friends related the hard times of sleeping in recliners,, painful exercises and taking strong pain pills.

The bad news is I no longer have a bicep muscle. The good news: there was little rotator cuff damage.

I still have pain and must continue the therapy, but I am no longer immobilized and will be able to hunt.

Still, there are limitations. Running a garden tiller would freeze that shoulder, I was told; riding a bike while looking for deer seems to be the best option.

As I left the Central Indiana Orthopedics Center, I saw an old friend wearing an immobilizer. He had been restricted for eight weeks and was hoping this would be the day. His story could have been mine. I’m thankful it is not.

We turned the page the day after Labor Day. Cool crisp mornings and getting out the electric blanket. I took the opportunity to sit on the deck while drinking my morning coffee. Right on cue, a blue jay scolded me in true fall fashion.

The fall feeling also justified a trip to Tranbarger’s Apple Barn, Pendleton. Unlike last year, most orchards have bumper crops. Soon, I was enjoying another fall treat, fresh cider and doughnuts. The Apple Barn is closed on Sundays.

With my Indiana State Fair earnings burning a hole in my pocket, I headed for the manufacturing facility of the Native Crossbow. Brian and Ben Kennedy had two models ready for me to shoot.

I went in thinking the heavier draw and fold-down stock would be best, but for shooting inside 60 yards there was little difference. Plus, the smaller, lighter crossbow was easier to cock. With a good scope, these things are amazing.

The Native comes with a scope that can coordinate with the draw weight at 10-yard intervals. With the Native, there is a circle for each distance. Put the 40 yard circle on the bulls-eye and there is where the bolt goes. These bows shoot hard and flat. We shot with good accuracy at 60 yards.

Going with me to shoot the crossbow was Brittany, one of my softball players who’s interested in hunting. She weighs less than 100 pounds and would find it impossible to shoot a hunting bow. Brit loved shooting the Native.

You can shoot this locally-made crossbow at Girt’s Archery.