I'm here at our local Starbucks waiting while Principessa, our bichon, gets a bath and trim. I usually hole up at a Starbucks near her grooming salon, but this morning everyone in that neighborhood decided to have coffee. I'm having a Chai, which really tastes great. It's non-fat, so I'm avoiding most of the fat and cholesterol. :-)
This week has been another good one as I progress down the road to recovery. Kath let me drive to my rehab on Friday, probably ten miles or so. She had me call her from the parking lot when I got there and then again before I left to come home. Felt like a teenager with a new driver's license who was driving to the high school for the first time. And it felt a lot like my first solo when I was in pilot training fifty some years ago. The instructor turns you loose for three takeoffs and landings, the last one to a full stop.
Then the instructor usually flies several more dual rides with you, making sure you aren't too cocky from the first solo. That first solo is a real adrenaline high. You are king of the skies. So Kath had me drive her to and back from her hair appointment in the afternoon. She's the instructor giving the student a couple of dual rides after the initial solo. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Rehab is going well. The therapists are increasing the intensity on the machines. And I'm doing upper body strengthening with stretch bands. I've got a series of about a dozen stretches that have been helping me get the strength back in my arms and shoulders.
All is going well. I'm much less tired on the days I have rehab. The first few weeks, I needed a long nap after I got home and had breakfast. Yesterday I didn't need a nap until I was parked outside of Kath's hair salon, in the sun. Oh man, naps in the sun are God's gift to those who take advantage of them.
I wrote a haiku this morning that combines my reaction to our cool, wet weather this weekend and Easter.
rain from low gray clouds
creates explosions of green
the color of hope
Denver has needed moisture. We've had several wildfires in the past several days. Nothing like Texas, but several groups of homes were threatened. Reverse 911 systems are getting a workout these days. And schools are serving as shelters for those who have evacuated. Let's hope the weather will now be more spring-like and give us some rain.
I'm glad that my blogging buddy and good friend from Casper, Cathy, is eating lots of yummy chocolate candy. I can only eat dark chocolate and just little bits of it. And she looks good in red, as the little sentence inside the Dove Chocolate wrapper said. Wonder if she's been to the gym yet? She said she was headed that way. But the buzz from chocolate can make you say crazy things. ;-)