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Gentle and Free

Greg makes progress learning to walk - Sep 2012

‘We don’t ever see you anymore!’  I’ve been hearing that a lot lately, because when hospital staff see me these days, they often start off with that comment.  It’s hard for me not to smile and reply, “that’s a good thing.”

And a good thing it has been.  I’m continuing my streak of being clear from the hospital, surgeries, and infections.  I have finally had a good stretch of time to build some strength, increase my energy, and improve my walking.  I hope that my days as a professional inpatient are over. Did I just jinx myself?

Last week I began exercising in the pool. I had been delaying for some time, waiting for the metal frame to come off my arm, but I grew restless.  Luckily I didn’t sink, although i was worried how I would do with the anchor drilled into my arm. Swimming feels great, but without legs and only one arm free, it’s hard to control myself from floating off like a bottle in the sea.  The feeling though is gentle and free, and I don’t mind going where the waters take me.

My walking has progressed slowly. 99% of the steps I take are solid, and don’t require assistance, but its the 1% that we worry about. We are still concerned about falling on my right arm, and I am still figuring out the quirks of my prostheses. To mitigate the risk of falling, I still walk with someone who can catch me if I go down.  The arm still hinders an aggressive approach to learning, but my goal is staying out of the hospital.  Below are links to a couple videos of me walking on the legs I got in August. These videos are about a month old, so the step has cleaned up slightly since then.

Videos of Greg walking, from September 2012:

Video 1 –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0dXvuSse0I

Video 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAuQpOFHckI

Last week, I moved off-post to an apartment. (NEW MAILING ADDRESS BELOW) It is nice to have my own place again, and forces me out of my comfort zone.  This can be annoying and frustrating, but necessary for reintegrating into the world.  I also spent this past weekend in San Diego with my girlfriend, Summer.  We had a wedding to attend, and Summer quite blatantly tried to get me to fall in love with California.  At the wedding, I managed to stand briefly and dance… and when I say dance, I mean that I stood and awkwardly gyrated while Summer danced around me for the two of us. : )  While two days weren’t enough of a true taste, San Diego seemed like a lovable place for sure.  Now if they can just find some snow…

If all goes well in the coming months, the remainder of the metal frame on my arm should come off around the end of November.   The arm still brings a significant amount of pain and discomfort, as do my legs where pain can spike quickly after a couple days of walking. All in all, the past month has been relatively smooth and successful. All the while, I have had no shortage of support from all of you.  I get a lot of thanks these days, but you really must know that I can’t do any of this without your prayers, encouragement, love, and support.  Thanks for keeping me moving.

 

Greg

New Mailing Address:

Greg Galeazzi
APT 405
3333 Oakwell Court
San Antonio, TX 78218

13 Comments
  1. Aunt Helen #

    You look so awesome Greg! I’ll have trouble keeping up with you next I visit. Love you

    October 11, 2012
  2. Kate Morrison #

    Keep moving. You can do it. You are doing great and inspire us all.

    October 12, 2012
  3. Justin Stepnowski #

    Really great to see the updates and progress. Thanks as always for your service. Wish you all the best and God bless

    October 12, 2012
  4. Greer Cunningham #

    Wow! So great to see you walking in the videos! I think you are amazing and I am glad that you have had a smooth period recently! I always keep up with your posts on here. Congrats on the apartment too! :-)

    October 12, 2012
  5. Letitia #

    Great walking Greg! We’re praying for your continued health and increasing strength. You are awsome!

    October 12, 2012
  6. Bill Dorr #

    Greg, looking good! Thanks for the updates, we’re all still behind you!

    October 12, 2012
  7. Larry Pace #

    Greg you look great. Keep up the good work. Hope to meet you soon.

    October 20, 2012
  8. Lyn Dedame #

    Hi, Greg!

    I work with your Mom at ING and am so glad how wonderful you are doing! You look awesome! You are one unbelievable human being! As long as you believe in yourself, you can do anything! Keep up the great work! Reading your blog and seeing how amazing you are just made my day! Your faith will keep you strong – keep up the amazing progress!!

    October 22, 2012
  9. Hi, Greg,
    It was great talking to you yesterday.
    As I said on the phone and email, we can’t thank men and women like you enough for your service and your sacrifices. It is our privlege to name you as one of the two 2012 Honorees for the 7th annual Sticks For Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Tournament in Fairfield, Conn on Saturday, November 24th. All your family and friends in the north east are welcome to come.
    All my best,
    Jim Tommins
    S4S VII

    November 7, 2012
  10. chris #

    I am inspired by your ability to meet your challenges
    . Stay strong and be well. I will keep you in my prayers.

    November 11, 2012
  11. Frank #

    Greg, glad to see that this Veteran’s day is better than a year ago. You are looking good . Best wishes for the holiday season.

    Love Uncle Frank and Cindy

    November 11, 2012
  12. James Romero #

    Good speaking with you on the plane to Philly yesterday. God speed.

    November 18, 2012
  13. Jason Ruggieri #

    Amazing Greg! Really great to see you making such progress!

    November 20, 2012

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