The weekends are a little easier at RIC. On Saturday I woke up, ate some breakfast, got together with my hands group and played Dominoes with Kalli and one other older gentleman. Then, I made words with the game Boggle. After that, we talked to the doctor about getting a pass so I could actually leave floor number 7 for the first time since I have arrived. The doctor ok'd the pass and we had an hour break until the next class so Kalli and I went down to the second floor on the elevator and saw the elusive Red Tomato. (Pelke, after seeing this place for the first time - there is definitely no chance in getting reservations. It is a first come first serve kind of joint.) After that we came back upstairs for my next class, and last class of the day - occupational therapy, upper body workout. We jammed to some good tunes like "working at the car wash" "I Will Survive", all kinds of great 70s and 80s jams. At the end of this great little arm workout the therapist made us do three laps around the floor. This was definitely the furthest I have wheeled yet - and truthfully, it wasn't that hard. So that was cool.
Also, yesterday was the first day in my wheelchair after it had been finally tuned to perfection. I got a taller back, clothing guards on the sides so I don't rub on the tires, and a really nice cup holder for my roadie. The new chair is lightweight, comfortable and easy to push, but hopefully I won't be in it very long.
After class I was pretty tuckered out and I wanted to make the journey over to the apartment for the first time, so I decided to hop in bed and take a little nap. Meanwhile, my Aunt MaryAnne, Uncle Jerry, good friend Bob Schmelzer and his wife Bethany popped in. Then shortly after, my cousin David Denor and his family stopped in with handmade cards from each of the kids - they are beautiful. I finally slept for about an hour after everyone left.
When I woke up I hopped in the chair and we headed on my first voyage out of the building after being there a week. It was very nice out, about 65 and sunny. The short little jaunt over to Kalli and Mom's apartment was no big deal at all. Once up in the apartment it really felt like our new little home here in Chicago. Everyone has done such an awesome job of pitching in and bringing stuff over. The apartment is fully furnished. The view from the 35th floor, overlooking the lake, marina, and several other high rises in the area is beautiful. It makes you feel like you are in some big house, or mansion, not a 850 square foot apartment. The apartment is perfect and I am so so happy that the girls were able to find something so close and convenient. After my mom cooked me up some home-grown garden asparagus that my dad picked earlier that day at the cabin (mmm delicious) Mark Lee, Laura Dworak, Kalli, Mom, Dad and I sat and chatted for a while. As quickly as can be it was time for me to go back - I only get 3 hours at a time to leave the building, on a normal pass. So, Mark, Kalli and I headed back to RIC and hung out for a while - then it was 8 o clock and it was time for them to go. They headed to dinner and I got ready for a shower and bed.