I never thought or even put into perspective how much I took WALKING for granted.
Even something so simple and so easy as
getting in and out of the car,
getting up from my seat to get a drink or being able to run up to
Levi after seeing him for the 1st time from a long day of work!
Everything now takes so much more effort than that.
I can't carry anything
that is bigger than my
That takes running errands to a whole other level!!!!!
Getting out of the house isn't so simple anymore.
And might I add as bloody hot as AZ summers already are...
having a backpack on,
with crutches under your pits 24/7,
BUT...there are SOME perks to being in my situation
*Co-Workers GET to help me out with things that I cannot do. Like...
Bringing back my patients
Putting away my dirty set up
Doing Start and Final Records
*I get to drive the remote control carts at the grocery store
(I take my crutches with me so people can look at my funnier than they already do
at a 23yr old in an old grandma mobile! See a few pics below...)
*I get treated like a QUEEN at home! Levi has been amazing and currently does
EVERYTHING for me!! Cleans, dishes up food for me,
puts my shoes and groceries away, etc.
*I get a wheel chair at the Mall! Which also puts Levi in control.
AND!!!! Handicap parking!!! Which if you look closely...
doesn't expire until 12/09!
Hello front row parking on Black Friday and
for all my Christmas Shopping!!!
Just Kidding...I would never do something like that...
My amazing mother so generously made these darling covers for me.
Not only do they match my apron I made,
but they are stylish and compfy! Thanks to a little padding underneath :)
My crutches have become my shadow. Where ever I go...
they come too.
I've become quite attached to these things.
We also now have 2 covered parking at our Apartment Complex.
Which this Handicap parking just so happens
to be right in front of our apartment.
*Crutches put me 10min behind, ALWAYS!
*I have gained 5 pounds.
(Imagine not being able to do any sort of cardio. Period.)
*Going to lunch on my lunch break by myself=annoying.
*Shopping is no longer enjoyable. Who's gonna take what I want to the register!?
*This one might sound quite odd and crazy to 99.9% of you.....
I can't clean and I MISS IT!!!! I honestly cannot wait
to get on my hands and knees and DEEP clean.
*I don't particularly like asking for help...but really, that's all I can do at the moment.
*I can't help my BFF plan her wedding
while she is in town for 2 1/2wks.
And help that I can do, is anything sitting down.
*And...I can't do my grocery shopping on Fridays anymore :(
Levi has to come with me so he can carry everything to the car and then upstairs.
We now do it on Saturday's after he gets home from work.
Which takes away almost 2hrs of play time we
COULD be doing instead.
...Crutches are to my left...can't really see them here...
When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be on crutches. (Probably for the attention reason)
I had crutches when I was 18 with my first hip surgery.
I was fresh out of High School,
just started hanging out with the "older" crowd and it was prime wake boarding time!! Please...I used those things for a week and didn't go to PT once!
Now that I have been on these for 4 weeks and 3 days (which feels like months...and the entire summer!!), I am doing PT 3 times a week for 1 1/2hrs each session, I will never wish for crutches AGAIN!!
31 days down...11 to go!!!!
I was just told by my Physical Therapist that I won't be able to
wake board or snow board for at least a year.
And it is going to be quite some time
until I can start running and doing intense cardio.
But that wasn't it....
I was also told that I have a very high possibility of having arthritis in my hip by the time I am 30.
I know that isn't the end of the world, but for some reason it really hit me hard.
That gives me 7 years to prove the Doctors wrong.
I don't want some "unknown" hip accident
preventing me from doing what I love to do.
Once these 11 days are over, I am turning OVER a new leaf.
I am going to keep my body in tip top shape
so I can always be that wife and mom who is athletic and out
playing with my kids.
My mom is my inspiration. I want to be JUST like her.
She had 8 kids and STILL plays volleyball and softball.
I am going to keep my head high and always give a thumbs up!!
Thank you Levi for being such an amazing supporter through out
all of this. I know it hasn't been easy.
For always being willing to do and get whatever it is I need.
For laughing instead of getting frustrated when I get
because of my
"always in the way cructhes" moments
For holding onto the back of my backpack as I go down to stairs,
just make sure in case I fall, you've got my back:)
For always taking crutches and putting them into the car for me
and then getting them back out for me.
For making me ice my hip.
For keeping our place clean, tidy and organized.
And most importantly,
For being you.
I love you and couldn't have gotten through any of this without you!!