“It takes years for the land to recuperate from a fire, but even in the darkest of ashes eventually something can grow.” Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters
Some things are easier to recuperate from than others. As an introvert, I require blocks of time to recuperate after social engagements. My body is currently recuperating from a morning spent bent over doing yard work. Ow. Ibuprofen, ice packs and heating pad help me to recuperate.
Those are simple problems with simple fixes, it’s just a matter of doing what I’ve learned works for me. But how do you recuperate from the big stuff?
Recuperate is one of those RE-words that is defined by other Re-words. It means to recover from financial loss or from sickness or exhaustion or to regain health or strength.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary combines the categories and simply states: