By Sunday morning, I started to feel the itch to get home. I would miss 6 AM mornings with my new resident friend Caleb, but I was ready to go. The only obstacle left was getting physical therapy to sign me off on stairs. When the therapist came around, I jumped on my crutches and headed for the stairwell. That’s when he slowed me down and pointed me toward an indirect route, testing my walking skills a bit first; he wasn’t going to make this easy for me. By the time we got there, again I climbed two flights quickly with no difficulty. But coming down I played it safe and used an easier technique; two crutches under one arm, and the railing in the other. They can’t keep a one legged man down, I was free to go home!
After checking out of the hotel, I mean hospital, Mom and Shannon loaded the car and wheeled me down. I was anxious to get home, but hadn’t seen my Granda Hoefen in weeks, so I requested that we stop there first. As we talked with Grandma, I was shocked to hear she hadn’t driven her car in over four weeks and that she wasn’t sure she was comfortable driving anymore…sounded like the perfect time for a Sunday cruise. With a slight push we had grandma chauffeuring us around the city, but where to? Where better than Aunt Bo and Uncle Mark’s. With little forewarning, the party was at the Greisberger’s.
We had a great visit, and Shannon and I were ready to get home. As soon as we walked through the front door, I instantly felt better. Although the hospital food was surprisingly good, I was looking forward to something different. With Mom and Dad over, we ordered subs and had a picnic in our living room. After days of constant interruptions and minimal rest, I couldn’t wait for a solid night of sleep next to Shannon.
I also wanted to share a video that Carolina DeHond, a CCS Friend, and her husband Craig created to raise awareness of Clear Cell Sarcoma and Carolina’s Fight. Inspired by “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, they set the video to this song. Carolina says “it is an inspiration to keep fighting harder!!” Miley Cyrus came across the video and requested that it be posted on her outreach blog Get UR Good On. For now, be sure and check their video, Carolina’s Fight, out on YouTube.