So, Andres and I went to Coconut Grove Park to get in some exercise and go walking- without my cane- for the first time! I cannot even tell you how amazing it was to see all that I could do. I haven't been able to walk without some sort of aid, wheelchair, walker, or - most commonly- my cane in YEARS.
My cane was like an extension of my arm and I would use it to open and close doors, get things off the top shelf, and even balance it in a way where I could lean my buttocks against it and get some pressure off my knees. (Yes, I was pretty creative about figuring out different ways to use it. lol)
There were pros and cons to having my cane. On the one hand, I could walk a lot easier, without so much pain and go further. But on the other hand, I could only carry one thing at a time. Just feeding myself was a pain because not only was it extremely difficult to carry a heavy plate, but I couldn't carry a plate of food and a glass of water at the same time as my right hand was being occupied by my cane. Same things goes for doing laundry, I only had my left hand to carry all these clothes so I'd have to make multiple trips and because walking was excruciating, by the time I made two trips to get the clothes to the washing machine, I'd be down for the count.
|Look at me working out my legs! Haha!|
It's unbelievable! Andres is always singing the theme song from Fast and the Furious, because that's exactly how I feel now. "Too Fast...Too Furious.. Too Fast...Too Furious..."
It still feels so surreal sometimes, as if I am not myself.
I can only give a million thanks to my friends and my family for helping me and supporting me through thick and thin.
I have no words to express my intense gratitude to all the wonderful people who dedicate their lives to help people they've never met, in order to give them a better quality of life. It's a wonderful thing!