june 30. one week post liberation
well tomorrow is canada day. we feel so far removed from all of that these days. i’m not sure but i don’t think i’ve ever been out of canada on canada day. oh well, we’re surrounded by canadians here so that’s something i guess. and today a newfoundland couple and their little boy showed up for liberation. the dad has had MS for 19 years and he’s ready to be done with some of the issues. so i cranked up the newfy accent this afternoon and chatted with them in hopes of making them feel a little less freaked out then they looked. it’s their first time out of canada and they were still trembling from the crazy traffic they experienced on the way here from the airport. good times.
anyway, today was another slow and low day for us and it was beautiful. we sat by the pool all day and even though we’re in the rainy season, it didn’t rain at all.
i had another great physio day with very obvious improvements in my balance. and i was on my feet a long time today around dinner time to see if my endurance had increased and i was pleasantly surprised to have not felt the usual exhaustion once i finally decided to sit down. so we’re gradually improving for sure. still lots of room to improve but i’m without question in better health than i was a week ago. i feel very good about it all.
i don’t have much else to report on. cate is loving it here. she’s discovered calvin and hobbes and when we read it to her she guffaws with laughter which makes me and erinn keel over laughing ourselves. we’ve laughed so much while we’ve been here. that in and of itself has been as good a therapy as we could ever pay for.
tomorrow i go back to the hospital for a checkup with the doctor. i have no idea what he’ll do but i hope it doesn’t involve any needles. i have to inject blood thinners into my gut twice a day, and when i was in hospital i felt like a pin cushion. but the most pain i’ve had in this whole process was ripping all the bandage tape off of my body. let’s just say i used to be a lot hairy-er than i currently am thanks to the stickiest tape i’ve ever experienced. they couldn’t have welded the bandages on me any better.
ok so i will once again pack it in. it’s not the same tranquil night by the pool as usual. it seems it is party central here tonight. so my usual calmness over my evening blogging session is not quite here tonight. but it’s all good.
my comforting passage of the evening comes from isaiah 40 again tonight;
“Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”