Thursday, September 21, 2006
Walking in Public
However, at the risk of smashing toes I did walk. It was a bit scary and I wasn't able to walk as far as I usually do. There were a lot of people around so there was quite a bit of stopping and standing while waiting for others to pass. For a first attempt at walking on uneven ground with crowds aroundit went well. A few of the kids around stared and I occasionally heard comments like "Mommy, his legs aren't real!". Don't worry, that doesn't bother me, infact I usually get a smile and a laugh out of it.
There's a little girl at church who, the first time I went to church after the accident, asked me where my legs were. I told her what had happened and she was visibly concerned. This past Sunday she was in the entry when I walked into the church. The smile on her face when she saw me walking made my day. Later, when the kids went to children's worship she even gave me a little wave as she went passed me in the aisle.
I'll be honest, walking is hard. It makes my back ache, I sweat, and true control is difficult. Not being able to fully straighten my left hip continues to prevent me from really balancing. I know that, in time, these things will improve. Consider all of that and then add other people to the mix. What makes it worthwhile is the comments of encouragement I get from others, even perfect strangers. So, this is the next step in therapy, walking in public.
The French Market is hard to negotiate without crutches, so I'm incredibly proud of you for taking on the challenge and handling it so well! You have to admit that the Market food, drink and fellowship makes it worth the effort.
Keep on truckin', Jeremy.
Its also good to hear that people's reactions dont bother you, that shows your strength.
Keep up the good work. So proud of you :)
Loadsa love princess Annie x x
Congratulations on another great step forward. (Pun intended ;)
It was great to work with your mom and dad last weekend. It was a perfect workday. I was thinking how nice it was that all of last week's plans were for last weekend instead of this one as I was standing in the gas station this morning with the wind blowing hard enough that it actually pushed me around a bit. I have plenty of housework and homework to keep me busy inside this weekend.
May your progress continue ever up!
And it sounds like you have a great PT in Renee.
I read your post to the girls and they especially liked the part about the little girl at church. I reminded them that it's OK to ask you questions when they see you, but that just a smile and a wave can also mean a lot. :-)
Another huge step forward. Keep it up and hang in there. Jennie and I are always thinking about you.
Truly amazing my friend on the things you have accomplished. Some people wait a lifetime to do the things you have done.
Keep up the good work honey, your rewards are endless.
Miss you tons,
I had not seen the blog lately so I just read about cleo. I'm so sorry but at the same time it looks you have so much support not only from your family but from tons of people. You should be proud of yourself for the progress you've made for the love that people give you and for your strenght. You are an amazing person. I miss you terribly and hopefuly some day we'll see other again.
We love you,,
Ana and Manny