I've never really considered Laura handicapped until recently. Four weeks ago, she had surgery to build a thigh out of her femur and tibia. So, we use a wheelchair for long distances and a walker in the house. Sunday, our ramp at Sunday school... was blocked due to a very INCONSIDERATE carny ride in the back lot of church. Thanks alot Maynia!! I had to unbuckle my gal, carry her up the ramp, have her hold onto something, then go walk back down and two of us Moms had to carry the wheelchair over all these big electrical lines. Grrrrr!!! Patrick had to do the same thing after church too. So much for her first day back to Sunday school since her surgery huh? The last four weeks have really opened my mind up to how hard it is to be in a wheelchair- that's for sure!! First it took 3 1/2 weeks to get a ramp on our house and now this!
The experience of the last few weeks has made me more sympathetic and understanding to the needs of others, especially those in wheelchairs or that use walkers.
It's been four weeks since surgery. The first 10 days or so Laura was in a lot of pain and needed a tremendous amount of help. She was also on some pretty serious pain medicine. The end of the second week was better, Laura's pin sites started looking better and a lot of healing took place. On day 14 Laura wanted out of the wheelchair and started using her walker in the house.
Then week three came....
Not so happy.
But Patrick and I still try to smile.
and try to have a good attitude when she tests us...
We are tired, but we smile....
and act silly.
Alex says Laura tortures him.
I'm sure the feeling is mutual. Laura can be very grumpy and demanding especially to Alex.