On the road again. Walking and Driving.
Another month has passed, and more bits of news to share. My six-week course of IV antibiotics ended yesterday, and the line was pulled from my arm. This comes with mixed feelings of relief and worry. Of course I am thrilled to be rid of The Old Ball ‘n Chain that was the antibiotic regimen. It made all daily activities annoying, and the cord was constantly getting caught in my wheelchair tires, nearly pulling the IV out of my arm. Yet I find the knowledge that it’s just me and my immune system versus infections a little disheartening. The Infectious Disease specialists at the hospital have told me that with the type of infection I have/had, the bacteria may very well still be hiding inside my body. Nonetheless, lab tests and physical symptoms will most likely be normal. If these antibiotics weren’t completely successful, it could be weeks, months or even years before it resurfaces. Or never. Who knows? Only time will tell, and we’ll deal with any issues as they arise. Until then, we’ll just hope for the best, and move on with life.
Speaking of moving, I am up and about on my prosthetic legs once again.
The surgical sites from January have healed, and I feel pretty darn good. We had to remake the prostheses for a better fit which has helped considerably. I walked every day this past week, logging over a mile on the legs in three days time. While that may not seem like much, it is by far a personal best. Perhaps the most surprising and pleasing thing, has been the lack of any additional pain. In the past, even short walks would put me in enough discomfort to keep me up at night. That was in large part due to the infection. So far this week has proven great progress in my recovery, of which I seek to build upon in Maryland…
Yes, I wrote Maryland. The time has finally come for me to leave Texas! I have received orders from the Army to be reassigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD (Lets just call it Walter Reed). The move back east has been in the works for a long time, as we had been waiting for all the major procedures to be completed. At Walter Reed, I will be able to continue my recovery with similar care and no breaks in treatment. The big difference will be the much closer proximity to family and friends. Please note my new mailing address below as I have signed a lease to a new apartment in Chevy Chase, MD, only 20 minutes from Walter Reed. In just ten days (19 March) I will depart San Antonio. My girlfriend Summer and I will be driving to Maryland (with my cat “Boo” in the backseat), where I officially report to Walter Reed on 25 March.
While I will undoubtedly miss my friends and the 70 degree winter weather here in San Antonio, this move is a wonderful thing. If for no other reason, this relocation will signal an end to this chapter of my life. A period in which nearly two years have passed, often times with more downs than ups. I look forward to leaving the pain, the surgeries, and the struggles behind. Yes, there are certainly more obstacles ahead, but I will hopefully be able to approach them with a fresh mindset. Until next time from Maryland, thanks for everything you do for me.
GREG’S ADDRESS HAS CHANGED TO:
4440 Willard Ave, #429
Chevy Chase, MD 20815