Monday – 12/13/2010

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in BLOG | 11 Comments

The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tried it, for every step will show.”

It’s been a week since I had my trache removed and everything seems to be healing nicely. I feel much better since getting it out, and I’ve been able to do some more stretching with my neck than before. However, I still have very limited mobility in my neck due to all the hardware in place. If you haven’t checked out the photos yet of my neck, please do so in the gallery — My Injury. I think they are pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. They are also a little freaky when you see the degree at which my neck was bent backwards. You can access the photos directly by clicking here.

I continue to work with Dave, Pat and Mary to keep my muscles nice and stretched. Recently, Dave and I have started doing more yoga — type stretching on a regular basis.

Yoga

Below is a photo of Dave and I during one of our recent sessions. I also attached a photo of the dogs, Max and Ruby. I was only able to get Max to pose with me as Ruby was more interested in her nap.

Dave and Scott

Max and Ruby

Max

I have finally secured a spot for therapy at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. However, it will not be until next April as they are very busy and in high demand. I am hoping to partake in some other therapy sessions prior to April. There is one in Mason, Ohio that someone was able to get information on, as well as Metro. Since I plan to be in an apartment soon, I will be eligible for Metro’s outpatient therapy program. The only issue I need to work through is the insurance issue to determine how many sessions they will cover. In any event, I plan to find a way to make it happen.

The snow has finally arrived. Last night I laid in bed with the blinds open watching it all pile up. Fortunately for me, I did not travel in it or have to go anywhere, so I was able to enjoy it more so than in years past. It might be fun to try my wheels out in the snow, but it wouldn’t be so fun if I got stuck, which I probably would, so I think I’ll pass on that for now. Although this winter I have been invited to go skiing — yes, they offer skiing for quadriplegics. I am excited to try it out. At least I do not have to worry about breaking my neck as I have already taken care of that. Sorry, quad humor. But seriously, they do offer quad skiing which I plan to try out, even though I have never tried regular skiing. I need to find some way to enjoy the snow.

I continue to receive a tremendous outpouring of prayers and support from many of you. I don’t really have the words to express my gratitude, other than Thank You. Until you find yourself in a situation like mine you fail to appreciate the level of support people are willing to offer. I am truly blessed.

Finally, I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know Alex Malarkey, the young boy from the book I read, “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.” We have been Skyping each other on a regular basis, talking sports most of the time. He never fails to remind me how bad my Browns are and how good his Steelers are. Just wait until the last week of the season, Alex! I also want to thank his mother, Beth, for sending me a memory foam pad to lay on top of my mattress. This pad should go a long way in preventing pressure spots from surfacing.

I hope everyone can find a way to stay warm as the snow continues to pile up. As always, thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Scott

11 Comments

  1. Mike & Gerry Klepek
    December 16, 2010

    Hi Scott,
    We enjoy all your posts. Fascinating pictures in this last one – the ones of you in the yoga excersies and the X-ray photos.

    You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mike & Gerry

  2. Bill and Angela Dunlop
    December 15, 2010

    Scott you look great! Keep pushing and making those strides little by little. They all add up!
    Your Browns do stink :) We would love to make you a Patriots fan. At least you could gloat to Alex when we beat them AGAIN in the playoffs.
    Skiing sounds great! Can’t wait to see some pics of that.

  3. Jenn Miller
    December 15, 2010

    Hi Scott –

    Congratulations on the removal of your trach. You look great! Even though you may not hear from me as often as others, I regularly read your posts and continue to keep you in my prayers.

    If everything works out and you are transferred to the Institute in Baltimore, I make a promise to come visit. It would be great to see you .

    Take care!

    Jenn

  4. kim
    December 15, 2010

    Great pictures!
    Kim

  5. Cherry Marsh
    December 14, 2010

    Hi Scott,
    You look great and you sound so positive. That is good news about being accepted for therapy in Baltimore. What a great idea, quad sking. Knowing you that is something that you would love to do. As always you continue to inspire all who know you.
    Always in my prayers.
    Love,
    Cherry

  6. Donna Trunko
    December 14, 2010

    You are looking good, Scott. Many people ask me about the braclet I wear for you. They hear your story and say they will pray for you. I am glad you are doing yoga. It is good therapy.
    I am getting Alex’s book soon and look forward to reading it. See you soon. More wine?

  7. Isaac Matthews
    December 14, 2010

    Scott,

    Thinking of you and praying for you every day.

    Stay warm!

  8. Paul Angelo LoGiudice
    December 14, 2010

    Scott, you are allways in my thoughts and prayes.

  9. Jim Burda
    December 14, 2010

    Scott,

    I’m glad to see you’re progressing well with a great attitude.

    Last Sunday Father Damian said the 8 AM mass at St. Mary’s in Hudson. It was nice to see him back and I know how close and helpful he’s been for you. God bless!

    Jim Burda

  10. Mary McFeely
    December 14, 2010

    I’m glad you are getting to know Alex – what a wonderful friendship that will be.

    I can’t wait to hear about your therapy in Baltimore – April will be here before you know it. In fact, I am praying it comes really soon after all this snow (ha, ha).

    Please remember my daughter, Kristy, in your prayers. She is 30 yrs. old and she is going in for serious surgery on Friday morning. I really feel that you have a close relationship with Our Lord.

    Enjoy watching the snow.

    God Bless You,
    (Bobbi’s friend)

  11. Pat Andler-Henke
    December 14, 2010

    I love the yoga asana (position)!
    Scott, you would be surprised at how many older people have less flexibility in their necks than you do.
    See you Monday.

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