I have really come to learn how the mind and body are intertwined. When the mind is feeling strong, the body follows and vise versa. It is an important relationship. The only hard part is when the body is down, it is really hard to get the mind in the right place. I find it a fight to feel good when my body is struggling. I guess I have finally understood why I have exercised all this time. It was not to look good, but to feel good. I was creating a situation where I was making my body feel good so my mind could. I wish I would have learned that a long time ago. I guess I still have a chance to feel good with a little exercise.
Today was a long day. I am starting to take this drug to manage some pain I get in my legs. The one downside to this drug is that it makes you sleepy. With all that I do during the day, the drowsiness really slows me down. Fortunately, I was able to get past the drowsiness and be productive this evening.
Mom came down here with her truck and I learned to get in the truck in a situation where the car seat is higher than my chair. I seemed to pick it up pretty quickly. It felt nice to accomplish something without struggling. She even brought a burger, which was pretty good.
The brace did come off today. I will be weaning off the brace over the next few days. When I took off the brace for the first time today it was the closest thing to feeling naked. I wish I could explain the odd feeling of having it off. The opportunity for greater independence is here, I guess I better take advantage.
I also wanted to thank a friend for the great picture. It was a great gift and it really lifted my spirits. I have it sitting on my counter and I look at it everyday. So, a really big thank you Amber. It was a perfect gift. See below.
I guess this is a short one tonight. See below for a picture of me without my brace and my shadow. Two more days till Erika comes back, and I am counting the minutes. Those at ASU: tell her to focus, study hard, and I love her.