Posted on December 8, 2017
It’s been two weeks since Jon & I left the grounds of Craig Hospital. We have relocated to an extended-stay hotel a few miles away, the only place we could find that was accessible enough for Jon while not killing the funds we have. And having been warned of the lack of quality out-patient care back home in Vegas for people like Jon, we decided to extend our stay in Denver to take advantage of the facilities here.
We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to slowly transition from hospital life to normal living. Can you believe that Jon has been in a hospital for over three months? I don’t think either of us had spent more than a few hours inside one in our entire lives. And though my perspective of a hospital has shifted from complete avoidance to complete admiration, I am okay never having to go back to one again. We’ve met our life quota I think.
Now our time is all about getting back to some semblance of normalcy. A NEW normal. Jon’s legs are still insisting on giving him the silent treatment. Over four months of nothing. Our optimism has given way to reality, and we do our best to make the day go by with as much ease as possible. Maybe even a few laughs where we can fit them in. Jon’s body is still healing from getting hit by the semi-truck, so for Jon “laughing ‘til it hurts” happens all the time. And secretly I kinda love it when I am able to get him laughing that hard.
With only half of Jon in full operation & the other half on extended vacation, there’s things to consider every day. He cannot feel anything below his waist, so if there is anything wrong happening (like a cut, pulled muscle, etc.), Jon has no idea. He’s got some wounds that constantly need to be bandaged and tended to. Without the natural ability to know when he has hurt himself, we take extra care to make sure he doesn’t. BUT...it does give Jon licensing to do some unique party tricks. Let your imagination ponder that one.
We are okay overall. The tears flow now and then. But we are getting through this. And in 2 weeks we will finally make it home to Vegas & be back in our old place, Jon’s first day home. We have managed to make the parade of holidays count thus far, and we are looking forward to being with fam & friends for the next few ones. And that’s the extent of our plans. No idea what’s next & where we will go. But if there’s any lesson I have learned this year it’s that you can plan all you want but life is full of surprises. I sure hope the next ones are good. We can surely need it.