Change… It is always happening. Sometimes it comes at you so fast you cannot react. Sometimes you see it coming at you from miles away. Today was a day I knew was coming and didn’t want to come. Tomorrow I am moving out of my current room and heading east. Here at Craig there is east side and a west side. The east side is for those who are gaining independence. I am moving to the east side. I am excited and nervous. Additionally, I am no longer going to be taken out of bed with a sling. Simply put, it is a big sheet that picks me up and drops me into the chair from the ceiling. This change is similar to the new room. Things are moving so fast, and I am still trying to understand what is going on. The bottom line is I am not mentally ready to gain independence. After the last month, I have relied on so many other wonderful people and I have adapted. But I am sure I will adapt back to independence pretty quickly.
The last thing of change here at Craig is that Erika has gone back to attend school and tend to some of her things. Her being here over the last two plus weeks has been so greatly appreciated. Her patience, help, encouragement, and support have been the large part of my success here. She has seen me when I have been at my lowest and seen me at my highest. I know she will be back soon, and I will be counting the days. For those at ASU, when you see her, tell her to focus and study hard, and I love her.
For those who don’t know, I have a class that teaches me how to use my wheelchair. A bit of a milestone today: I passed my first test. I had to hold a wheelie in one spot for a full minute. Up next is circling the gym with a wheelie and turning 360 degrees in wheelie.
I was in therapy this afternoon and getting really frustrated. I have this skill I am trying to learn where I balance sitting up. It is not quite as easy as it once was before. But I noticed that I was getting frustrated by the lack of success. Since the day I got here, I have been horrible at balancing. I didn’t get perfect at balancing at the end of therapy, but I got better and that is the important part.
Tomorrow is the Stock Show and then the weekend. When I first got here I hated not having therapy on the weekends, but now I realize the couple days off are great.
I think I have said enough tonight. Pictures tomorrow.