March 12, 2013
(Almost) Running Around Town
My conspicuous absence from the web world last week left you wondering Why?, didn't it? Yep, I knew it. Well, here's the rundown.
My friend arrived last Sunday, and around midnight, the two of us hopped a bus (literally, because I'm only using one leg at this point) and headed for Asuncion. About the time the sun came up, we arrived at the station and figured out which city buses we should take to run our errands. We had a long list but hadn't gotten the memo that Monday was a holiday. Seems it was supposed to be the Friday before, but for some reason, it got changed country-wide at the last minute. So we did what we could, then met up with some gals that afternoon for a ride to a women's conference being hosted by a team of five ladies from the U.S.
Let me pause to insert a paragraph about how wonderful this friend of mine is. She hauled our backpacks and my rolling suitcase and her terere equipo (thermos, cup, yerba, etc.) all over Asuncion, in and out of buses and buildings. She learned the easiest way was to let me on first, get behind me and P-U-S-H (did you hear the strain in my voice?) me up the steps of the bus, then get off first so she could "catch me" in case I lost balance coming down the steps. Only once did she have to seek help from someone else, a nice man who gave me a good shove when, late in the evening, I didn't have another hop up the steps left in me. And she wasn't offered the coveted handicapped seat, so she mostly stood on all those buses. Shout out to that gal!!
|The crutches were a hit with our |
littlest conference attendees!
|About 40 of the missionary women of Paraguay. Can you find me?|
|Bring it on!|
The PT agreed with the doctor and said my bone is in great shape, and the only thing holding me back from walking now is the fact that the muscles of my left leg (hip to ankle) are wasted. I told her I prefer the maximum recovery program in the minimum time, so we've hit this thing running (no pun intended). Bicycle, magnets, electricity, exercises, and I've already moved from crutches back to, today, a cane. This time, I don't have to end there. No stopping till I'm trotting on the jogging track and passing my cane along to somebody else. WOO HOO!