Today I was feeling as though I am ready to go home; I have my strength and energy back, I’m getting around on my crutches just fine, my pain now seems to be under control with Methadone and Lyrica, and my last incision drain was pulled this morning leaving me once again detached from the grid. Now I just needed Lindesy from physical therapy to buy in. Today we worked on stairs, the final sign off. Going upstairs I had no problem whatsoever; I am able to move pretty quickly. Unfortunately not the case going down because it’s a slightly different technique, but more than that, facing down the stairs adds the fear of falling down. I am a little slower and tend to lean too far backward. About half way down I started getting the groove, but Lindsey still felt as though I could use another day of practice. I had to harass her for failing me on Stairs 101!
Today was an incredibly beautiful Spring day — even with a failing grade on stairs, Dad took us outside and treated us to some ice cream. It was my first time outside in more than a week and it felt amazing!! And also my first time in public with one leg. Even in scrubs it didn’t bother me, life is too short so I am learning how to best deal with my new limitation and start moving forward!!!
While outside we absorbed the colors of spring, and then walked in to a giant basket of flowers inside as well. The founder of Camp Good Days sent me a basket of Spring. Of course I immediately jumped on the computer to learn more about the organization. Such a great cause, and Gary, I would love to contribute in any way I can! Thank you so much for bringing Spring indoors for me this afternoon.
My recovery has come quickly, and I feel strongly as though I have been given another chance to get out and experience the world. Today I started feeling anxious about getting back out as quickly as possible and maximizing my time. There are many things that need to happen before we can hit the road again, but most importantly for me is a pair of crutches that make me feel comfortable. There is not a lot out there, but tonight Shannon found SideStix, which I am very excited about. They make forearm crutches designed specifically to support adventurous exploration of the world around us. They have exactly what I am looking for with their lightweight Boundless Pro Crutch made of aluminum and carbon fiber.
Winding down for the night in the hospital bed, we were both hard at work on our computers. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I looked out and saw something that looked like fireworks but in a downward direction. I quickly got Shannon to look up, and we are both convinced we saw a huge meteorite…it was incredible. I’m always skeptical of what I see on all these drugs, so we did a news search where we found an article titled Springtime is Fireball Season: Mysterious Meteors to Light Up Sky.