A Texas gal tracking her ATR

A faint glow on the eastern horizon
gets brighter
as if someone were blowing on ashes
lights up more ash clouds
until there is no doubt
the fire is lit
the day will come
from yesterday’s coals.

(part of a poem by Ruby R. Wilson…called "Birthday Sunrise")

I read those words (part of a poem by Ruby Wilson) on another blog I read called A Year of Being Here….each day I get a new poem in my e-mail.  This one (well the first part of it) really struck home with me after my visit with the doctor this past Monday, May 20th.

Needless to say it was (in my opinion) a very positive uplifting ‘moving forward’ visit.  I am as of today 8 weeks post-surgery and doing really good.  After taking and looking at the X-rays, he told me I have healed very well and my recovery is actually ahead of schedule.  I was hoping to get the green flag to take the boot off…but that didn’t quite happen.

I have to wear the boot one more week…sort of….let me explain.  I no longer have to wear the boot to sleep in and at the end of this week….as in 2 days…I can start wearing a tennis shoe with full body weight for an hour a day.  Adding an hour each day after that I am to start weaning myself off of the boot.  I am also allowed to walk to the bathroom at night without putting the boot on….so I keep a pair of sturdy shoes right by the bed…along with my walker (just to be safe) and it feels great!!!

But here’s a funny story about Monday night…..even after doing the teeth bared, fist clinched, elbow pulled quickly back …as in a BIG YES!!!! when he told me no more sleeping in the boot.  I laid down Monday night and I tossed and I turned and I got up and walked  a little in the sturdy shoes, I laid on the couch, I got back in bed…..and I absolutely could not go to sleep. At 3:15 AM, I said to myself…"this is ridiculous, I have got to get to sleep" (I had a 7AM physical therapy session!)….I said to heck with it, I’m going to put the boot back on and see if that makes a difference ……….. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz  need I say more! :)

The doctor told me I could take my tennis shoe to physical therapy and start doing some stand up exercises.  So after the regular stretching up and down, side to side and leg massage, they had me walk a little, do some step ups on a solid block and on the thick foam block (to get back to some balance training) and 10 minutes on a recumbent bike.  I can also go to the gym and do 10 to 15 minutes on a recumbent bike as well a upper bodywork every other day. Yehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

And then to my total unbelievable surprise, I asked the doctor when he thought I might be able to get back to walking any distance or getting on the treadmill……..I braced myself hoping he might say August (that would kind of be pushing it since that will only be 5 months post-0p)…….well you can imagine I almost fell off the table when he said….Oh I think if you start really slow with no elevation you should be ready in about 3 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy Oh Moly!  My world just got a whole lot brighter.  But he did say more then once……..I’m not talking any speed and absolutely no elevation and only about 10 - 15 minutes a day.  HE JUST MADE MY DAY!

So you can see why when I read those words in that beautiful poem this morning……..I thought how fitting….the embers of my past goals have never stopped smoldering and I am ever so slowly blowing on them…and "the day (of continuing my goals) will come from yesterday’s coals"

Today’s the day I can go to the gym to ride the bike and do some upper body work……and by golly I think that is where I’m off to…I’ll be back though to read your thoughts and advice and the other interesting and informative blogs on this site.

Have a beautiful day….and please join me in warm thoughts and prayers for those who lost so much in Granbury, Texas and Moore, Oklahoma. If you live there we hope you and yours are safe.

May 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am
2 Responses to “I’m blowing on those ashes….”
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    momto4peas Says:

    That is such great news! I was just given permission to sleep without my boot as well and I can’t sleep at all! I do refuse to put it back on though. ;) Good luck on your recovery!

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    kellygirl Says:

    You sound great, Peg. I’m excited for you. You are going to be wearing two shoes! Hallelujah!


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