Friday, April 07, 2006
Four Thousand Words... and then some
These pictures were taken today. Yesterday I walked about 20 feet or so, back and forth along a set of parallel bars. The left prostheses is not as comfortable as the right but, it does fit. If you remember, I talked a few weeks ago about the extra bone growing at the end of my legs. Well, when I first put on the right leg it was uncomfortable but after about three days my right leg shrank to a point that the prostheses now fits comfortably. We hope that the same will happen with the left.
Today, when I put on the new leg, it was very painful. The pain is caused by the extra bone. Renee encouraged me to give it time and, as I worked with it, the pain lessened. It's still not comfortable, and there still may need to be some adjustments. But, with Renee's help, and my determination, I was able to walk about 200 to 250 feet today.
It is awkward and I have a long way to go before I can truly walk comfortably but yesterday and today were huge steps forward, and sideways, and backwards! I promise not to make you wait a week when events like this happen. After all, I wouldn't be here without all of you. Can't wait to hear your comments on the pictures! Have a great weekend!
Harry and Lilla
It's hard to find words...we are so happy to see the pictures of you standing but it cannot compare to what you must be feeling. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers...you and your entire family.
You look great! We are so glad Sarah sent us an email to share the news. We'll look forward to continuing to hear (and see) how its going.
Ted and Johanna
Amy Murray and family
(Oh, and did I say I had a LOT of trouble writing this because I have tears in my eyes???)
by love......does it get any better
than this???.....Oh Yesssss....
STANDING TALL,WALKING TALL.and mabe
RUNNING TALL,still surrounded by love.
You are winning big and we are so happy for you.
Betty and Bill Lusk
Thanks for reminding me why I do this every day (insert emotional moment). For everyone reading comments, he walked a lot more than 250 feet, literally and figuratively.
By the way, Jeremy, Delilah was not a nice person...!
Jack and Susie Gaylord
Keep up the great work!!
Pat and Beth Pritchett
Pictures do speak a thousand words....
PS: I can do all things through him that strengthens me....
Words can not express how happy we are to see you walking!!!You are a truly winner!!!We love you we'll keep praying for you!!!!and hopefully we can see eac other pretty soon again...
Ana & Manny
PS - Your house looks great - I love the color! ;)
Chuck & Marilyn Becker
Ruth Linehan(Grandma to Bob)
Nothing that I write could express how those photos made me feel. I am absolutely floored by your determination! Please don't stop writing as your strength gives me encouragement that I may someday conquer obstacles in my own life. You are an inspiration to us all.
P.S. Sorry I missed your call last week!!! Unfortunately your number didn't come up on my phone, so I wasn't able to call back. Please call again sometime, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE AND PRAYERS COMING YOUR WAY,
LISA KUPER LUSK
We're SO happy to see you looking so happy (and fit!) - we live on your block and moved here after you'd grown up and moved on...We've followed your story every week and we're so happy for you and your family for all that's transpired during these last 6 months. You should consider (once the PT schedule slacks off a bit) publishing some variant of this blog - it's truly amazing what you've been able to accomplish and you certainly have a gift for writing your thoughts.
Hoping to see you at a block party soon (but happy you're back in your home!),
Kathy and Richard Foran (in Jane Clarke's old house!)
I love reading your blog as it's truly an inspiration.
I will never forget the great memories we had while we worked at the Downtonwn Marriott and hope to hear from you soon.
You look great, you have an amazing family and support group as well.