It’s been crazy around these parts hence the several month hiatus from the blog. While the kids went north this summer, the hubby and I worked. Oh and I tore my posterior tibial tendon, which has been so much fun. Needless to say I didn’t do much this summer but work and elevate my leg. Now I’m bootless, scooterless and ready to write!
I did take on a new, super girl like identity as the summer ended: Scooter Girl. You know like Avril Lavigne’s skater boi just older, with a boot and a lot less coordination. I spent eight weeks in a boot and on my glorious scooter. Whoever invented the scooter, also known by its significantly less sexy name as a knee walker, is my hero. I can’t imagine having to spent eight weeks in a boot and on crutches – I wouldn’t have gone anywhere. The scooter was a complete lifesaver. It helped, of course, that my scooter was pimped out with a basket, a cup holder (how else would I carry my coffee), a memory foam padded knee pad cover and a bell (thank you KB.)
While I was on the scooter, I noticed that people were much nicer and helpful. Even the snowbirds near me were sweet – amazing. It was, however, a little demoralizing when a woman in her 80s told me she had been in the same boat and that I’d be okay. She was so sweet. Seriously, the snowbirds were sweet and if you lived in S. Florida you’d understand how amazing that really is. It also sucked having to put on a cast bag to go outside or take a shower. Having a cast during rainy season isn’t awesome.
The scooter also got us VIP entrance and upgrades at a couple of concert. I definitely was not looking forward to being on the law at an amphitheater with my scooter. However, nothing was going to stop me from seeing the Imagine Dragons or Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence. I think maybe that’s the lesson in all of this. No matter what life throws at you, don’t stop living. P.S. The Imagine Dragons with shirtless Dan is a must see show!
Thankfully, I’m off the scooter as the craziness of hockey season is in full swing. I did have a scooter buddy at the beginning of the season, but I’m happy to report we’re both off our scooters! It was a challenge to fit my scooter and their gear in the car. Not too mention it’s tough to navigate the rink and find a comfortable viewing place for the games. I’ll admit that the bell prevented several potential collisions as I glided down the ramps at Ice Den. Fortunately, the breaks on the scooter were quite effective.
Perhaps the hardest part of the boot life is the inability to really exercise. For eight weeks I was relegated to water workouts only. We don’t have a pool at home, so I was at the mercy of traffic and the weather. It’s been tough to be outside my normal workout habits. It’s also tough to be passed in the pool by a geriatric swimmer, but I digress. I’m still not cleared to run or do Zumba, but spent sometime on my TRX this past week. It felt amazing.
What progress looks like
What progress looks like
At any rate, it feels good to back at the blog and bootless!
While I won’t be able to run this year’s Purple Stride, I am still captain of Team Deb Force Five and am taking on an expanded role at the event. Please join the Fight by joining Team Deb Force Five as a participant, donor or virtual strider! Together we can help PanCan double survival rates by 2020. Here’s the link: Join Team Deb Force Five