Gentle and Free
‘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.
New Mailing Address:
3333 Oakwell Court
San Antonio, TX 78218