I started off my day with a little physical therapy, which is usually the toughest class that I have. We worked on transferring from my chair to a workout mat and back from the workout mat to my chair. My body just feels so heavy sometimes, especially my legs. That kind of stuff is extremely tiring and very difficult. But, I do get a little better every time I try.
After that I ate my breakfast - french toast - in the day room. Then, I went to the middle area by the front desk and they set up "bags", the game where you toss bean bags onto an angled board with a hole in it. There was some pretty fierce competition in the group, but I would say I was probably the best. The guy I was up against was only about a foot and a half away from the board and i was throwing them overhand about ten feet, draining threes left and right with my left hand.
Next, I had a little break so I came back into my room and for the first time trimmed up by mustache a little by the nostrils and my lips just to stay looking good for Kalli and a couple of the cute nurses. After that was one of my favorite things we do - because it really works my muscles and even makes me a little sore afterward, OT exercise. Basically, an upper body workout routine, kind of like you would see on TV where half the time we just keep the arms and body moving and the other half the time we strap weights to our wrists and pump iron.
After that good workout I headed back to the day room for a quick lunch, I only had a half hour. My mom and Aunt Maureen came to eat with me. Aunt Maureen bought me three different books, two informational ones to help me understand the body better, especially dealing with my spinal cord, and one Joke book to keep me laughing. While at lunch in pops his head - Bill Pelke - one of my coworkers on the marketing team for Sheffield Plastics. He was in the midwest and didn't feel like he was going to get this close again for a while so he took advantage of being able to come and see me. It really meant a lot and it was great to see Bill. Bill came bearing gifts of incense and myrrh, also known as sailing door county t shirt and a deck of cards from door county, which really brought back a lot of memories for me.
After our visit, we all went up to the 12th floor to try for my first time transferring into a car. The 12th floor has a 1992 Dodge Spirit cut in half ready to load and reload. The car was pretty funny looking and had a slight odor, but what a great challenge and prop for achieving what is a pretty difficult task as well. Getting in was easier than getting out. I can't wait to try again.
After practicing with the car, Bill helped me get down to the first floor where they have what is called the Life Center. This is an interactive library information center to help people find information about themselves, activities of life, basically anything that you may question and would like help with. During the class there were a couple experienced veterans. One, five years in a wheel chair. One, twenty-five years in a wheelchair. They volunteer so we can talk with someone and really throw ideas back and forth about anything from sex life to putting up a wheel chair ramp on your apartment. One neat thing I found out was they have a class to help you learn all your rights and regulations of traveling in an airplane as a disabled passenger. This could be really helpful as I move towards getting back into my daily routine, which definitely involves travel. They also mentioned they have the form you need to fill out in order to get a handicap sticker - so I am going to get that soon and I will find out if I can get some spares. I asked about getting 150 of them and they gave me a pretty strange look, as if I owned a fleet of some sort!
After talking with the group for a while, I went back upstairs and got together with my occupational therapist Diane and just worked on techniques for brushing my teeth, washing my face, general hygiene and operating my wheelchair in different ways.
Three o clock came around quickly after a day of seven different classes and boy I was exhausted. Kalli and I basically sat in the room and chitchatted for a while and then around 4:30 or so I was ready to just be sitting in bed relaxing, getting ready for dinner.
Today was another great day, activity filled and spirits up just as much as always! Maintaining enough energy is really my only battle, the rest just seems to keep coming as they feed it to me.