I had everything all typed up and I guess I didn't get it saved... ;o( I hate it when I do that!
At the end of January Max saw Dr. Tanaka, she is his neuro surgeon. She said everything is healing well and we will do another xray when he comes back at the end of April.
He saw Dr. Volgus the next day and he also said everything was healing well and he dismissed him. He won't have to go back to him unless he has problems.
We went to Kansas City and spent some time with friends earlier in February. I really had to stretch myself.... Max usually is the one who drives so I don't have to worry about where we are going, what the traffic is like, etc... Max doesn't worry about those things! I am not as confidant a driver as Max....yet!! I made it up to our hotel in Kansas City without no problem. Our friends had us follow them to Zona Rosa to eat out. I guess somewhere along the way I forgot to tell them that I DON"T PARALLEL PARK!! That was all there was where we were eating, there was a parking lot a couple of blocks away and I was going to let Max out and walk back to the restaurant. As I drove around the block I passed one parking spot I thought I might squeeze into but wasn't really sure, then there was a huge parking spot on the right side that I could pull into and back up. God is so good!! I not only could park there but I could set the ramp down on the sidewalk. Sometimes it is hard to find a place to put the ramp down because of flowers, trees and benches. Who else but God will leave me a huge place to park when almost all the other spots were full.
We had a great time ~ good food, great friends and it was a blessing to be out and about.
We went back to Zona Rosa and did some window shopping. It's like a huge shopping mall but set up like a downtown area. All these great places all next to each other.
We stopped at The Brass Armadillo on the way home. It is a huge indoor flea market. It was nice because Max could get up high enough to see in most of the locked cases. There was only a few places where we had to move items so Max could get around. I was so tired of walking after 3 hours but Max wasn't tired at all. LOL
It's hard to explain just how our life has changed. Someone asked him if he could tell them how his life has changed since the accident.......Max answered the better questions is how has it not changed. Functioning with one hand has changed everything he does. Think of something ~ it probably has to be done a different way or with someone elses help. We all have to relearn things. All those reminders to put things away after you use them......now we have to remind the kids & myself that we need to leave things out and on the edge of the counter. The coffee pot has to be on the edge, the sugar has to be on the edge, the spices have to be on the edge, etc.... while those little grippers are nice, in reality they really don't do that great a job, not near as well as your hand used to do.
I miss going to flea markets and what I call knick knack shops. Most of them are so stuffed full of stuff that Max can't get his chair around. We noticed when we were at the Columbia Mall alot of stores are so crowded with stuff you can't take a chair in and shop. We have a pie safe full of goodies we have found over the years at shops and craft shows. I don't think his wheelchair will fit in most craft show tents now. We are still trying to decide what to do with our nail stamping stuff. I'm still selling but mainly out of the store in California. When I don't do craft shows, people don't know much about it!
Max has started out patient therapy in Jefferson City and is going 3 days a week. It's helping him get stronger and also making sure his legs are stretched out. I pulled my back about a week ago and haven't been able to do as much as I used to. I'm trying to minimize what I do while it heals. Thankfully God is good and I'm healing quickly! They have Max working on his balance, standing in a frame & doing a hand cycle. The hand cycle strengthens his shoulders and builds his cardio.
We are waiting for a new bed, it will be nice to sleep close together without anyone having aches & pains when they get up! Max is also waiting for his gliding standing frame. It will allow him to stand up and also exercise.
The neat thing is Max went out to the field Monday. It was a nice day and a friend came by to see him. They went to the field but wasn't sure if they could get across the water so on the way back Max got his chair stuck in the mud. His friend had to pull him backwards out of the rut and his wheels were buried in mud. Max came in and tracked mud everywhere! Going in and out of the bedroom he would rub against the door and door frame and just scrape bigs gobs of mud off. It made me smile! I was so tickled! Some would worry about the mess, I was excited because it meant Max felt good enough to get out and about. I look forward to many more days of sweeping up mud in our house.
(The pictures of the wheels were taken the next day, a lot of the mud had already dropped off!!)
With so many things we can't do that we did before I'm looking forward to figuring out what we CAN DO!