Don Van Vliet was known as Captain Beefheart during his days as a rock musician and later led a reclusive life as a painter. Van Vliet died Friday 17 Decembe2r 2010,n from complications of multiple sclerosis in Northern California. He was 69. Captain Beefheart’s music career, which stretched from 1966 to 1982, featured a surreal mixture of rock, primitive blues, free-form jazz and avant-garde poetry. In the 1980s, Van Vliet turned full time to art, painting in a raw, expressionistic style.
This morning I woke too early, because it was so cold and the duvet had slipped off my shoulders.
Trying to get myself back under the duvet was impossible, so as I thought I had heard Richie moving around I asked him to cover me up.
He told me he would do his best, but could not walk; his feet were so painful, but somehow he got out of bed, he came over on his knees to cover me up.
Amazingly once I got warm again I slept, it was three hours later when I woke once more.
As soon as I did I instantly recalled, that my darling’s feet were so painful, he could not walk.
Hearing him talk softly to Cyril, I called to him, he responded immediately, telling me his feet were incredibly painful.
It happens at night when the damage done to the skin dries, so putting his weight on them in the morning is horribly painful, today was the worse day.
Just as I was wondering how we would manage if Richie could not walk, my brave darling crawled into the bathroom and soaked his feet and then put cream on them.
This helped him and just when I was starting to panic, Richie hobbled into the room, I was so happy to see him standing up.
He was till in lots of pain but could move around, Richie reassured me his feet were getting better, but it would take another couple of weeks for it to heal.
Horrible seeing Richie in such pain, I hope his pain goes soon and his feet heal so we can get out together and enjoy the nice weather.