Traveling without the Scooter

I took a trip June 15-25, first to a conference in Atlanta, then work in Manhattan, then visiting family in Rockland County, NY. I agonized over whether or not to take my scooter. I ended up not taking it, for the first time in 6 years. I did great! I hedged my bets by getting wheelchairs to and from all of the planes. Towards the end I probably could have walked, but standing is hard, so just as well because I didn’t have to stand on line.

I DID IT!!

The next step in the journey…

My Miracle

I can now walk 1.25 miles with relative ease, with only mild back pain. A year ago I couldn’t walk across my house without pain.

I can now stand and cook and do dishes for short periods of time. A year ago I had to sit after just a couple of minutes.

I now have an occasional day where I get out of bed with only mild pain. A year ago it was a mental struggle to get out of bed because I knew I would be in a lot of pain as soon as I stood up.

I have an upcoming trip to Atlanta and NY, and am musing over whether or not I could do it without my scooter. Not sure I can do it, but if I can, it would be the first time in 6 years.

I still have a long way to go, but it feels like a miracle.

More walking!

I’ve recently been able to walk even more. I love walking with the dog! She wants to go for lots of walks, so that encourages me. We have a couple of recent routes in the neighborhood, one of which is about 3/4 of a mile and one is about 2/3 of a mile. Not marathons, but a miracle compared to what I used to be able to do.

Walking

Today at the basketball game at Maples Pavilion I walked from the car and back, and I walked to the T-shirt stand back. But the big news is that between each quarter I walked all the way around the arena. I did this at a pretty fast clip, got a little bit out of breath, but it all felt good and my back only hurt a little. This is a huge accomplishment.

Bought some clothes in “regular” sizes

I decided to look for some cute, sexy clothes for an upcoming weekend retreat. Just a few things, because I’m still changing sizes. I went to Kohl’s, a regular department store, not a large size store. I ended up getting a sweatshirt, a few T-shirts, and one cute blouse. It was completely weird for me to be able to shop in the regular sizes! The clothes I bought were L or XL. The XXL shirts I picked out were definitely too big. It’s kinda surreal.

In pants I’m still big; an XL fits but is snug, and some XLs were too small.

So weird