Thursday, January 7, 2010

In Which We Have Another Fantastic Day

We had such a great day today!

This morning Jeremy not only got back up onto his crutches, but he did an entire lap around the indoor track at the YMCA! The track is a sixth of a mile long, so it's quite an accomplishment, especially after getting up on the crutches for the first time only yesterday! The track was pretty crowded and we were really, really slow (it took about 35 minutes to make that lap). At first people simply ran around us without a word, but as we got closer to the finish line more and more people started slowing down and offering encouragement as they ran by. When we went by the balcony that overlooks the basketball court a guy down there started cheering for Jer and pumping his fist in the air. It was pretty cool.

I have to admit, I teared up a bit when Jeremy reached the finish line. It's been five long, long months, but he's back on his feet at last.

Of course we still have a long way to go-- right now Jer can get from the chair to the crutches, but not from the floor to the crutches as he has to build that muscle strength back up, so he needs a spotter right now as he wouldn't be able to get back up if he fell down. Also it hurts quite a bit to walk, as all of the scar tissue is stretching and his feet aren't used to taking the weight any more. And of course, perfectly level ground is needed right now as he has to get used a new way of balancing-- his left ankle doesn't swivel back and forth and more, so that means that he has to balance from his hips. But I have no doubt that he'll be switching to a cane in no time and who knows where he'll go from there?

And while that was already enough to make the day a fantastic one, it just got better from there! We met with Pam, Becky and Rhonda over at the new house to talk about things to come in the next few weeks. While we were there, the tilers were just finishing up the bathroom floors (they did both bathrooms in one day-- talk about hard workers!) and they look absolutely beautiful; I'll have to take some pictures to share with you when I get the chance. We talked about window treatments, furniture, the kitchen and master bathroom counter tops, lighting, and the faux painting that will be done on the oven hood and the ceiling of Connor's room! I swear every time I go over there it's like walking into a secret garden. I'm not watching a house being remodeled; I'm watching it bloom. Every week some new gorgeous detail unfolds, and I never know what I'm going to see when I walk through the door.

I can't wait to share it with you!


Knowledge Safari said...

Woo hoo to another good day! Will be sending good vibes that it continues! :)

Kristin said...

Congrats to Jeremy and his determination! That's awesome!

Julia O'C said...

I teared up reading about Jeremy's lap around the track. So happy to hear all of these wonderful things.

Galen said...

That's a great accomplishment after only one day of being up on crutches! And I'm anxious to see the bathroom pics...ours needs rehab badly and when I can afford to do something to it, I want to make it more accessible.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh that is exciting news all around. I'm cheering for Jeremy too :0)

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

OK, you really need to stop making me cry every time I come to your blog! Walking the track at the Y is so amazing - good for Jeremy!

So glad the house is coming along nicely - definitely would love to see pictures (you know, in all your free time!).

Andreas said...

Awesome news about Jeremy! Can't say I am surprised though, but still really great to see and read about him being back up on his feet!

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