Wednesday, March 28, 2007
First of all, if you've been reading the comments from last week my Cousins are making me out to be a speed demon. On Saturday I drove to Brown County for my Cousin Denny's funeral. This proved to be quite a test of my ability to control the car with the hand controls as we were on many curvy roads. Colleen followed us back to Indianapolis. My Sister was in the car behind us and Colleen was behind them. For the record, I followed the speed limit the majority of the time. Occasionally I bumped it up to five miles over on the straight aways. My Mother can support this as she could see the digital speedometer in my car the entire way. (see the picture that shows my point of view)
Driving again has been a wonderful release. I've driven myself to work, Pilates, the funeral, and today to the hospital to support a friend and his family while he was in surgery. (quite a role reversal) I also drove to IUPUI where I spoke to a class about my journey from the accident till now. It was a great group of students who made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived. They asked some intelligent questions and were engaged with me the entire time. The last question that was asked was "what makes me happiest now"?
The answer was walking, working on the blog (which includes reading comments), and talking to others about the accident and where I am now (especially other amputees who are just starting down this path). What I left out was driving and listening to music while I drive. The independence that has come in the past week has been tremendously refreshing. On Monday night I went to the pharmacy on my own to pick up a prescription. Today I went to get a haircut. Simple things, yes, but they're things that I needed help with a week ago. I guess the short answer to "what makes me happiest now?" is living. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
We Love You,
Skeets and Merrilinda
Love the car, it's quite sharp.
Driving still amazes me personally. I often get this weird sensation of "Wow! I am old enough to drive!" even though I have been driving since I was 18.
Some things never lose their appeal, independance is definitely one of them. Reminds me of a line..."I'm not there yet, but I'm getting there."
Anyway, love the Honda, kinda looks like mine except I got 4 doors because I'm older :-)..hee,hee;
Glad your getting out and about, does wonders for your spirit !!
Keep up the hard work Jeremy you are an inspiration to ALL of us !!
Just be careful (yes, mom).....
I know it's been a looong time since I posted. My new boss would rather be fed and have his diapers changed than let me play on the internet, but I have been checking in on your blog now and then. Congrats on the new car. She's a beaut! I'm glad things are going so well for you, and that you're getting your independence back. That's a wonderful thing! Sorry I missed you while I was in Indy. The hospital life kept me pretty tied up, and then our departure came about rather suddenly.
I hope things keep getting better and better and better for you. I may not be able to post often, but I'll definitely keep reading.
I just wanted to let you know that I thought you did an amazing job presenting in Mary Jo's calss. I think you had half the calss in tears. You are a great motivational speaker.
I hvae not idea if I am blogging correctly or if I need to sign in. Your web wage is wonderful too.
:-) Katrina Markov
This is Roleen from IUPUI---
I'm the one who asked your favorite question :) Just wanted to say hello and hope your week is going well. Mary Jo said you might come back and visit, since many people were absent and didn't get to meet you. Thanks for sharing your story with us and continue to bless others with your strength and faith.