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    Sunday, August 7, 2022



    To fill you in, some months ago, I was coming home from a different part of the Bronx.  It requires taking the 6 train downtown to Manhattan to the catch the 4 train back up to the Bronx.  I was there for a photo session with another comic.  I wasn’t told that the photographer wasn’t going to be able to be there.


    A little background:  In late 2019, I had Legionnaires disease and it took months to get through it.  But though I was finally declared free of it, I never got my full breathing back.  Walking anywhere felt very strenuous, both in terms of breathing and in muscular pain.  I had been pushing myself anyway to build up my endurance.  I also have been making more effort to reduce my cigarette smoking.  I’ve been in an on-line group.  It is helpful, but this is very hard.  Then in the spring of 2020 (pre-vaccine), I had a relatively mild case of Covid.  So, after all that, climbing stairs is not easy, and I try to avoid it mostly.  However, in recent months, I made myself climb to the 2nd floor once a day to continue to build up. 


    Okay, now I climbed up to the 6 train which is 2 long flights.  I, huffing and puffing, think I’m going to sit on a bench when an announcement comes on saying that the downtown 6 train won’t be stopping there due to a stalled train somewhere.  We were told to go to the uptown side and take the train to Parkchester and then get the downtown 6.  I didn’t want to believe it.  I went down the flights and up the flights to the uptown side.  I couldn’t believe that this was going to take about 2 hours to get the F--K home.  At this point, my legs were feeling wobbly.  I hadn’t put them through this for a long time.  It was too much.  I was trying to make peace with the fact that I was going to have to go farther uptown in order to go downtown and then back uptown to get home.  The train came.  I went in and sat, grateful for that.  The train stayed there.  The doors remained open.  Then there was another announcement.  The problem was resolved and those needing to go downtown should go back to the downtown side.  I wanted to cry.  I couldn’t handle this, given everything.  But I did it.  I had not yet built up to this.  My legs really couldn’t handle it.  The next day, I had Charlie Horse which is fine, and even welcome, but my leg bones felt not okay.  Two days later, when walking down steps to throw out the garbage, something happened in the side of my right knee.  It felt like something crushed in there.  I was grateful I was holding the banister. 


    I was in lots of pain the day this happened but still had to go to stores.  It was a day I wished I could send someone else to the stores for me.  It took a very long time, but I got there and back.  The next day, there was progress.  Each day after, it felt better than the day before.  I was so hopeful I’d be okay enough to perform in 2 shows I was booked in for the weekend (4/8 and 4/9). 


    At some point it took a turn for the worse.  I felt badly about this, but I told the booker for the April 8th show what happened and couldn’t be there.  She was so understanding and invited me to let her know when I’m okay to perform.  That was a show at a comedy club with many comics.


    The next night’s show was not a comedy show at a club.  It was a performance party at ARTS ON SITE.  Most of the performers were modern dancers.  I was the only comic performing.  I really didn’t want to let them down.  It was probably a terrible medical decision to drag myself to the East Village, but it turned out to be great for my head.  The audience was ready to laugh before I began.  Here’s a clip of that performance.


    I’ve been going to physical therapy since May for my knee. 


    Save the date – September 9th – Comedy Show on City Island at The Artist.  Great line-up:  Alex Fossella, LaTice Mitchell, Sigmund Zygy Susser, and me of course.



    So much love to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic, August 2022




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