Thursday, April 03, 2008
A new path
Last Wednesday I was informed that my position at the Walden Inn had been eliminated. This was not due to any performance related issues, it was merely a business decision. Of course, it stings a bit, but in all honesty I'm pretty releived. I've slept better this past week than I have for over a year!
I'm still on Sodexo's payroll for 60 days, during which time Sodexo is trying to find a mpore permanent solution, and I'm looking at other options as well. In the long run I'd like to focus on more public speaking and find a way to turn it into a career. In the short term I'm willing to look at all possibilities that arise.
There's a big part of me that likes the idea of having 60 days to relax. However, it's already looking like that time will actually be much shorter, and even my time off has become busy. I've barely been home since receiving the news last week!
Physical therapy was extremely successful this past week. I think Renee has learned that all she has to do is threaten to discharge me and my progress will take another leap forward! We haven't tried walking with one crutch since the disastrous attempts 6 or 7 months ago. In fact, that's what led to the canes. Well, a while back Renee started talking about discharging me because she didn't feel there was much more Physical Therapy could do for me. Then she saw me unweight my left leg to take a step forward and decided we might want to try the single crutch trick one more time. So, we scheduled another session.
That session was last Friday. I can't say that it was beautiful, but the session was beautifully successful! On the first try I only made it about 3/4 of the way down the hallway. My left knee gave out on me and I wound up on the floor. (Renee controlled my fall, so don't worry about injuries.) Due to the fall we decided to put the left leg into it's second mode, which doesn't allow the knee to bend as freely as the walking mode.
This was really the first time that I had a real reason to use the second mode. I have remote controls that allow me to switch the legs from one program to another. I'm not sure that I've ever talked about that aspect of the c-legs before. It's very cool, but hasn't been very useful until now. After switching into the second mode I was able to make it down the hall and back with no major problems! I'm no where near ready to try this outside of PT yet, but I hope that with continued practice it will become a useful option for me.
So, things are good. New doors are opening in regards to my career, as well as my mobility. My 33rd year is definitely off to an interesting start!
Hopefully, we'll get to see each other soon -- it's been too long! Sorry you can't make it to Shannon's on Saturday. As Sarah has suggested, we'll have to schedule another cousin get-together soon.
I think God's opening that window, much as we thought he might. Good luck with this chapter...
Interesting how the decisions we make are ratified in ways we don't expect. I'm excited for you but I also know how stressful uncertainty can be at times. Look at it as freedom--also stressful--but more exciting!
Congratulations on the new level in PT. Timing is everything :)
Change is good. I really, really, believe that- I anticipate great, positive, and unanticipated positive things for you-! Matt
This has nothing directly to do with your post but then,maybe it does. I want to thank you for allowing Bob to send me some info to pass along to a young man who just had a foot amputated due to an auto accident. I have not heard if the young man is up to talking to you or not but I will certainly let his family know you are willing. I will also give them your blog so he can, if he wants, go to this and see how far you've come and all the support you've had from God, family, friend, and even strangers. I'll let you know what I find out and when. I'll probably e-mail you since I have your e-mail address and hope that you don't mind.