I am finally home after three months of living in a hospital and learning to live again. On my way to the airport I was not sure what to expect. Was every going to be ok? Did I have the abilities to make it on my own? Will life seem normal again? It has been two days since Erika and I landed in Phoenix and there have been some triumphs and challenges. The good news is that there were more triumphs than challenges on day two than day one. I am hoping that trend continues for weeks and months to come.
My first day was full of activities. I needed some things for the apartment. We figured that I got in and out of my chair 20 plus times. During the middle of the day a nap was required. I just ran out of juice. Without Erika and her mom I don’t know how I could have gotten back on my feet without her here. This morning Erika’s mom brought over a bags and bags of food for the apartment. Thanks to Janice for her help. The apartment has everything I need now I have to get out of bed every morning.
Since getting back to Arizona I have not had a chance to go car shopping. I have been looking around and I still think the Nissan minivan is the ticket. Since my return to Arizona I have had the chance to into and out of a number of different vehicles. The larger SUV’s are easier to get my body into but their height makes them tough over the long term. As soon as I go shopping I am sure I will have a good idea what I will get.
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day. I went with some friends from NAU and headed off to an Irish bar to celebrate. I was nice to get out and do the things I did before. Yes, I spent time at bars and drank beer before. The thing that I noticed is that people that would have ignored my before now are nice and say hello. I suppose that I am a different person, on the outside, and people see me being out is a big deal. I personally don’t think it was a big deal, but this is what I have to do. I don’t have a choice.
I have been home two days and I this is difficult to admit this but since leaving Craig I miss it a bit. Over two plus month I found new friends that were dealing with the same injury as me. It is hard to explain, but it is true. I miss the comfort of Craig. It may be Stockholm Syndrome or something else, but the safety and camaraderie is something at time I have missed.
Well, have a great week. My posts may be off and on as I don’t have Internet yet. I will let all of you know when do.