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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Today being a rather chilly exception, we have had some absolutely beautiful days here in Northern Virginia! I would give anything to get behind the wheel on a sunny day, roll down the windows of my neglected vehicle, turn on some Amos Lee or Dave Barnes, and spend the day watching my black lab chase tennis balls into the water as we walk along the canal trail in Great Falls.

But it's been 8 months now since I've gotten my hands on the steering wheel, and we're not quite there yet.

No telling when it will be, but I'll give fair warning when it's time to share the road with me again!

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Dreamin" by Amos Lee

My soul is as open as the sky.
Often time it's just as blue.
People tell me I need to keep on dreamin'.
That's just what I'm gonna do.

Now everybody wanna treat me like a house fly.
Turn me around and tell me to shoo.
Wanna tell me keep on dreamin'.
That's just what I'm gonna do.

'Cause every moral has a story.
Every hand needs a glow.
Sometimes it's full of glory.
Oh, but mostly, it's for the love.
It's the love... Mmm..

It's the love.
It's the love that pulls me through.
'Cause when they tell me keep on dreamin'.
Thats just what I'm, I'm gonna, thats just what I'm gonna do.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

For nine weeks, I have wanted nothing more than to feel 22 again.

I've been under this confliction of feeling absolutely ancient physically (down to even currently possessing - and sometimes using - a cane), while also seeming to have the life status of an early high schooler (one who can't even drive).

I went from extreme independence in Europe with my dream job, to this absolute uncertainty about when I will be able to live on my own or drive myself somewhere again.

Undoubtedly, I'm supposed to be learning some great lesson here… but other than the obvious one's involving patience and trust, I'm still at a loss. I'll keep you posted. :)

Anyway, I FINALLY have some good and encouraging news about my recovery!!

Since my injury, my leg hasn't showed any signs of healing. Normally, a non-union fracture is most common in life-long smokers, people of advanced age or individuals with osteoporosis, those suffering from extreme obesity, and people who have lived a sedentary lifestyle for years.

And then there is me. A 22 year old who was obviously active enough to break her leg skiing.

Go figure.

At any rate, at my doctor's appointment this week, my xrays finally indicated some new bone growth! Very little, so it will still be a lengthy recovery, but bone growth just the same! I left the doctor's office cast-less with a walking boot and permission to start bearing weight as soon as I was ready. I also received a bone stimulator device that should help my body heal itself faster.

So, I still have a long time of recovery ahead of me, but at least we are starting to head in the right direction!