Hi all, Shannon here. I can't believe it's been a year ( July 18th, last Friday was the one year anniversary) and it felt so short and yet so long. I have not had any huge improvements lately, but I have found new ways to get most things done with what I've got. I am learning to accept that I will never play the piano again or cook, garden, or bicycle like I used to, but I have modified pruning sheers to hack away at my plants, and a modified cooking knife which has not drawn blood yet. Everybody tells me I am doing so well and asks me how I manage and the truth is that I have an amazing support group. Early on I was lamenting on all the things I could no longer do and a wise man told me that anybody that has lived long enough goes through the same thing, mine just came earlier then expected. Another day I was super frustrated at how much I need to rely on others and another wise man told me that I need to spend some time each day being grateful for my blessings.
I have so much to be grateful for, most of all my family. Eric is a rock that gathers no moss because he is crazy crazy busy. Yet somehow he always manages to find time to take care of all the details of caring for a quad. The boys have had some difficulty adapting but now are doing quite well, especially when they found out that they can skateboard quite quickly when holding onto Mom's wheelchair. I know that when I am down I can always count on my sister Suzanne to give me a pep talk. My friends Colleen, Mandy,Tracey, and Jamie are always there for me. I look forward to their comforting presence and appreciate their help. I can not believe how much support I have received from my neighbors, my work, my friends from college, and my community. Your kind words are an amazing support.
I continue to go to physical therapy once a week. My therapists Shelly and Ryan are awesome. We celebrate the small victories, like the return of my left tricep and the fact that I can feel my pectoral muscles. My current goal is to be able to exercise on the exercise machine longer then it takes to get me on it.
So, before I get all blubbery, I want to thank all of you for your help. I am strong because of all of you.
If I manage to do it right I will have posted a picture of a selfie that Kirin took. It makes me happy every time that I see it.