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Posted 2014-03-11T12:12:29Z

First Fasnacht

During my last visit to Saturday Market in Portland this summer, I met a couple who had lived in the Black Forest region, and they told me to be sure to visit Basel for Fasnacht - one of the oldest carnival celebrations on earth. This hippie couple was emphatic that it was an experience not to be missed, but now knowing some Basel residents, it seems to be a much less impressive event. The PTs and nurses acknowledged it was a big show, but none of them seemed to think it worth being overtly excited about. "You can always go next year," they all shrugged, commenting it might be worth seeing once. 

I slept through the main event - a parade at 4am Monday - and I don't feel any remorse over it. I don't feel any allure to a Mardi Gras type celebration of separation from the church, but it made me pause and think about what I'm celebrating when I have PT each day. I took a few more steps in the parallel bars yesterday with just on PT helping. It almost felt normal, and to me, that was a far greater cause for celebration than the carnival down the street. My greatest struggle was to lift my thighs high enough to get my feet off the ground since I have no movement in my feet and they just want to hang and drag. I'm praying that the muscles currently weak but working in my hips would wake up and be able to pull up the weight of my legs more easily. With that improvement, I would be able to be more in control of the steps I take and need less help from the PTs. Please pray that this week my hips would be significantly strengthened. 

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Comments (12)

  • Sharyn Galvin
    Sharyn Galvin

    Good choice, going to PT rather than the celebration. I have been to it and was not impressed.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Corrine Rogers
    Corrine Rogers

    Best thing about Fasnacht is the wafers/cookies they sell in the stores! Don't think you missed much. I didn't enjoy my encounter with the Fasnacht visitors table side in Switzerland at all. Your celebration seems much more important and encouraging. Keep up the great work! Love you.

    7 years ago · Reply
  • The Taylor Family
    The Taylor Family

    Hi Laura, We prayed for you again at Moms in Prayer group at BFA this morning. You must be a good sleeper to sleep thru a parade, unless it was not close by...remembering the earlier days of requesting prayer for good sleep and less pain at night, this report makes me smile! hugs, Helen

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Gloria Crawford
    Gloria Crawford

    Praying for strength!! Lori Crawford

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Patricia Rogers
    Patricia Rogers

    Will be praying my love. Granny

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Stephensfam
    Stephensfam

    Praying God's hand of healing touch your hips today. Looking forward to hearing how God responds to all our prayers! -karin

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Lu Hawley
    Lu Hawley

    Praying, too for those muscles to wake up and engage themselves with the rest of you!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Johanna Taylor
    Johanna Taylor

    I was at the Faschnacht parade at 4am Monday and I would agree that the progress you are making and what God is doing in you is way more worth celebrating!!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • ginger hanford
    ginger hanford

    Just a "HI" from JB21. I'm ready for a break, but you remind me to keep on going. Bless you,

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Laura McGlothlin
    Laura McGlothlin

    Love you!! We're off to chaperone the Berlin German 3 trip on Th. We'll be by to see you next week! :-)

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Howard Dueck
    Howard Dueck

    thanks for this report, Laura. Praying for you every day!

    7 years ago · Reply
  • Carol Newlin
    Carol Newlin

    Glad to hear you are making some progress and working so hard to make bigger strides in walking and in your recovery. Praying for your strength.

    7 years ago · Reply