|Me in front of my physical therapy facility in Milton, DE - three days a week physical therapy|
Good morning folks! Another beautiful spring day here in lower slower Delaware.
Time for a progress report on my leg injury that happened so long ago. February 18th, back in those cold, dark days of winter. And here we are in the warm, bright days of spring and I'm still hobbling around with my leg brace and cane.
The good news is my three times a week physical therapy sessions are coming along fine. In fact, I look forward to going to physical therapy. The location is nearby, the facility is welcoming, clean, and efficient. And the best part is that I am making progress! I am so happy.
However, I still can't bend my leg enough to sit up front in my car, let alone drive it. Bill still has to help load my old carcass in the back seat. I've tried sitting in the passenger seat of my Subaru Forester but my leg just doesn't bend enough yet.
I asked my physical therapist ("Rich") why it's taking so long for me to be able to bend my leg. He told me that my quadricep muscle had to be reconnected (sewn together) and thus it was shorter now. It takes a while (months) to grow back for where I was before my accident. After my exercises, Rich works with bending my leg until it hurts. Little by little we're stretching that quadricep muscle.
However, my physical limitations aren't stopping me from my spring plantings. After physical therapy yesterday I had Bill drive me to one of my favorite nurseries. I bought some wave petunias to plant at the end of our driveway.
|Me (with the smile) at Sandhill Nursery yesterday for more plants|
So you may ask "Ron, how to you transplant your plants when you cannot bend your knee?" Well, I plant them standing up. Yep, standing up. You say it's hard on my back? Well yes, it is but I do have a certain image to maintain in my neighborhood and I have to get my driveway entrance sent for the spring and summer season. Besides, Bill derives a lot of pleasure from a riotous menage of color as he drives in our driveway.
|Me with the first plantings of Wave Petunias this past Sunday when the temperatures were in the fifties, the temps are in the 80's now - goodbye spring|
So, to sum up my status now. I may or not be ready for Pat when he buses down from Toronto on Memorial Day weekend (May 23rd). If I'm still wearing a brace we'll just rent a van that has enough leg room for me. Of course I'll need to be chauffeured around again. Lucky for me that I know two men (Bill and Pat) who are such good drivers and don't mind hauling me around in my compromised state).
Pat and I plan to spend a few days in Pennsylvania where I will introduce him to some of my longtime friends from my Previous Life. We'll meet Larry in Wilmington for a tour. Then later on in the week Pat will be here in Lower Slower. We'll do our usual rounds of Rehoboth and nearby favorite restaurants. We probably won't do the Washington D.C. trip and we definitely won't be visiting Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. There's enough to do around here.
I'm scheduled to go back to work on June 1st. I should have a different kind of leg brace (bracketed) on then and still using a cane. But I am ready. I'll probably still be doing physical therapy but I think I can manage both. This Thursday I have my long postponed dental appointment (teeth cleaning) that I had to put off right after my accident.
Slowly but surely, life is returning to normal.