As Easy as Riding a Bike – Chapter 16

As I reached the 1-year mark post-accident, I continued physical therapy, but I had to see the doctor less and less. At the ‘anniversary’ of surgery, Dr. Childs said – “You’ve made great progress, so I think we’re done.” After major surgery, rehabilitation, and a year of healing and hard work, he released me from […]

Mailbox to a Mile – Chapter 14

When I got home from the hospital, I had only been walking for a short distance – only 10-20 feet at a time. Dr. Childs told me that walking was one of the best ways to build up my strength, so that’s what I did. On the first day home, I decided to walk….all the […]

Back Home Again – Chapter 13

After two months in the rehab hospital, I was discharged and sent home. I wasn’t doing great, but I could stand, sit, and walk a few steps around the house. I got used to the routine of being upright, but also had a number of limitations. I could walk across a room, but I would […]

Life Happens – Summary Chapter 1

When I got on my motorcycle on July 9, 2004, I had no idea what was about to happen. Had it gone slightly differently, I could have walked away from the accident, been permanently paralyzed, or worse. As it was, I suffered a devastating injury, and it took months of rehabilitation in the hospital just […]

Peace Out – Chapter 12

Peace had been there since my first day at the rehab hospital. I was getting close to three months since the accident, and I talked with Peace more than anyone else, including my family and visitors. Since she saw me every day, she got to see my mood change, but she didn’t see all the […]

Hulking Out – Chapter 11

From the day of my accident, and throughout my time in the hospital, I went through a range of emotions. Some days, when I wasn’t making progress, I felt depressed. Other days, I felt excitement when I reached a new level in PT. Some days I was bored, and other days just flew by. The […]

First Steps – Chapter 10

Every day, BJ, my physical therapist would push me a bit further. She’d assess how I was doing, and adjust her approach depending on what it took to get me moving in the right direction. Some days, she’d start off easy, but others, she’d launch into me like a female R. Lee. Ermey, the drill […]

Standing, Still – Chapter 9

As I got stronger, I began to get tougher physical therapy assignments. I literally had not stood on my own for over a month. Each day, I’d roll out to the elevator, and go downstairs for physical therapy. The initial exercises were pretty easy. Flexing my feet, raising my lower leg, or even wiggling my […]

The New Abnormal – Chapter 8

Over a few days, I began to adjust to the routine at the rehab hospital. My TV was turned on, and visitors brought me books and magazines. I became a fan of watching old films on Turner Classic Movies  and became a whiz at Sudoku puzzles. They slowly introduced real food back into the plan. […]

Breathe – Chapter 7

  Peace was my intake nurse at Mt. Vernon hospital. She was friendly, but very business-like as she got all my vital signs recorded. She was very competent, but I could tell she was very stressed out at the same time. I wasn’t sure whether it was my condition, or just her workload. Every nurse I’ve […]