July Week 1 update

PT, OT and Appointments

It’s hard to believe it is July already! This week, I finished outpatient Occupational Therapy, and started Independent Physical Therapy. It feels really good to be working out in a gym setting again! We’ve also added a few pieces of equipment to our home workout gear, including a trampoline and balance board, so I can continue many of my exercises on days I don’t have Independent PT. I will also be continuing to use the tools we have for occupational therapy. My wrist is able to turn as far as 45 degrees, and that may be as far as it will ever go, but we are going to keep trying to get it to go further.

I also had a doctor’s appointment and some testing this week. I will be having surgery later this summer for some of the internal damage during the accident. It is a fairly simple procedure, with a 2-3 week recovery time, so hopefully things will go well and I will be back to “normal” pretty quickly.

Photos From This Week:

I will try to share a few photos each week. With all of my appointments, and living in north-west Lower Michigan, we often end up traveling and get some great views!

Writing a Book

I’ve been working on a book about our experiences with the accident, and some of the things we’ve been through the last few years. I wanted to share an excerpt here:

From the non-fiction book I’m working on:

“This journey we are on isn’t one that I would have chosen.  But I think all great adventures start out that way.  You don’t choose the adventure, it finds you.  And so we are on a path we never wanted to take, but nonetheless find ourselves going down.  We are stronger for it, even though we do not wish to be.  We are caught up in something far greater than ourselves, something where we know our ending is happy but we do not know what dangers we may face along the way.

It’s like in all the great stories, where they faced danger and heartbreak, sorrow and pain but in the end good won against evil.  In the end, all was right with the world.  This journey we are taking isn’t pleasant, but we trust in our King that all will be well in the end.  The battles are hard, the journey is long and life goes on around us, even when our own lives seem to be caught between what has happened and where we will end up.  We are still on a journey we didn’t wish to take, and may yet face giants, monsters and danger along the way.  But in the end, it will be ok.  I often think of the quote from the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which says “Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end”  We have not reached the end of the story yet. “

Quotes from this week:

Quotes I’ve been focusing on a lot this week:

These quotes means a lot to me! When I feel like giving up when doing a physical or occupational therapy exercise, or I’m struggling to use my left hand or bend down, I remind myself of these quotes. One is from the Bible, the other is from one of Brandon Sanderson’s books.

Songs From This Week:

Songs I focused on this past week:

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