I took a break from personally blogging this summer, and need to get back into the swing of doing it at least once a month. For these reasons, I thought I would post about my summer and the beginning of the school year.
For starters, the first week of the new school year is over. Woo hoo, 🙂 I did it! I will say that I notice my energy went up over the summer, which is exciting. Still, I am quite exhausted in the evenings and have spent a good bit of time sleeping this weekend.
I am still going to physical therapy at the local hospital to work on my continued recovery. Yes, this means that I’m continuing to also improve physically too. I do still have foot drop, but I have become much stronger, the spasticity has decreased, and I can walk faster. One of my goals is to be able to run, and I am happy to say that I got to a speed of 3.5 on the treadmill (which is the lowest speed for running), and I can do that for just over 3 minutes. Yes, to do this I wear a harness that is attached to the ceiling in case I fall, but I can still do it!
This summer I worked again on the book I’m writing about my January 2015 life explosion (as I now call it). I finished another draft of it in early August, and am having someone edit it for me now. I actually think it isn’t too bad, and might possibly be something folks want to read. I’ve kept it focused on the patient perspective of everything I’ve been through. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is worthwhile.
Third, I did get to go to my favorite place, Lake Vermilion, MN, this summer for two weeks. This year I had a chance to spend time with family, and I swam in the lake. I tried out a pool later in the summer too. FYI, swimming is very hard, but also very enjoyable. A special moment was when my niece taught me to do all of the swimming moves she learned from her swim instructor when I told her that I was afraid to swim. Like a good student, I listened to her instructions.
I also taught a summer course, which was quite enjoyable, and I prepared for my fall semester courses. Now that I have a better understanding of my disabilities, I was able to be more strategic in my planning. All of this is to say that I feel as though I’m both improving and adjusting…hopefully the first year back was the hardest for this “new” body I inhabit.
It was great to see the students both in classes this week, as well as those in the Western 1st Generation Society (W1Gs) group. I am very excited to say that all of the students in the group came back to WIU this fall, and are prepared for the Activities Fair next week. I anticipate it will be a great year thanks to all of them too!
Finally, no great year would be complete without a new dog. He is a 5 year old PomChi mix that we adopted from the McDonough County Animal Shelter. I know that not everyone is a dog person, but it is pretty awesome to have something SO EXCITED to great me each time I come home. Dogs are the best! 🙂