Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Day of Firsts

Yesterday was a day of firsts for me. First and foremost USC remains ranked #1 in the nation for college football. It was a good game for the first quarter. Seemed like it just might be a close nail bitter with USC scoring first followed by Nebraska. What should happen next, Nebraska will have the lead, 10-7 but not for long. The final score 40-31. This score does not necessarily reflect how well USC played because during the 4th quarter the 3rd and 4th lines were playing. That is one of the things I really like about their coach, he will play all the players and give everyone a chance to play. Another first for the day. I went for a walk with my new buddy. This is one of my physical therapy exercises. To walk carrying a dumbbell in my left hand. At first it was easy, I thought what is this going to do, but let me tell you, the longer you carry this the more you feel what it does. I will walk again today with my new buddy. I think he and I will become good friends. He only weighs 2.5 lbs but that is plenty for now. I do have a 5lber awaiting for when my wrist strengthens to that point.
Another first, I drove for the first time since the accident. I was supposed to go to my sewing group but I forgot how to get to the place we were meeting. I don't know what happened. I have been to the house many times in the past, thought I don't need the address or directions, I've been there before, but I just couldn't remember how to get there. I felt like such a dummy. Good thing all the ladies are understanding and I am sure they got a good laugh.
Another first. I sewed by hand. I decided hand sewing could be good physical therapy for fine motor skills, I will be needing these skills when I go back to work, so I thought I would slowly work on hand sewing. I slowly and I do mean real slowly sewed on my Grandmas Flower Garden quilt.

I think I probably sewed about 10 white hexagons on the quilt in the 3.5 hours that I watched the football game.
My last first of the day. I cooked dinner. It was cheap pizza that I just put in the oven and took out, but I did cook it. I also cut the first one but didn't feel like I had the strength to cut the second.
All in all a good day and I feel like my recovery is progressing satisfactory. Have a great day. Dot


12 comments:

Katie said...

Baby steps, then toddler runs! Beware of the tumbles. Those weights really do work to get the wrist back in shape.

Sweet P said...

What a wonderful day of firsts. It's amazing what we do with our hands and when we can't use them we feel lost.

I'm glad to hear your recovery is going well. Enjoy your walk with your new friend.

Finn said...

Hi Dottie, what wonderful progress you are making. I'm sure each step that sounds small when you write about it, was MONUNENTAL when you are one attempting it again! Hurray for each one of them!!!!! I think the flower garden is looking wonderful...and 10 is more than was done before. I sew by hand in much the same way and I've not had surgery...LOL Even crocheting..a crochet a bit, and sit a bit..works for me.
Love, love, love the popcorn tin post...LOL We are definitely cut from the same piece of cloth my friend...LOL. The little plaids you had me ship are from just such a tin(only a smaller one at the time). Having come as samples, got tore off their paper sheet and put in a popcorn tin for safe keeping. But enough was enough for this old girl, and I was happy to have someone else take over from there. Your blocks are are really pretty scrappy and happy ones *VBS* Keep healing, hugs, Finn

JoAnna said...

Congratulations on a productive day. I love walking and hope you and your buddy are having a nice time. Taking things slowly is hard, but well worth it in the end. Hang in the there!

Your flower garden is lovely!

Libby said...

Sounds like good therapy all around . . . the weights, the hand stitching and an SC victory! *s*

Karolee said...

I'm glad that you are on the road to recovery!

- and any team that beats Nebraska is on my list of favorites! I used to live in Nebraska football territory and...well...I won't say anymore.

Shelina said...

You have made a lot of good process - lots of firsts. Keep up the good work. Just take it slow and easy. Your flower garden is blooming nicely.

Bren said...

You are sure making progress!! I LOVE your GFG quilt. Oh my gosh is it gorgeous!! It is a wonderful project to take slowly! I bet the pizza was awesome! Take it easy.

atet said...

Great progress! Keep it up. I know it doesn't seem like much -- but before you know it you will be up and running! (my fil had a major mortocycle injury last Nov. -- it was March before he was able to get back to work -- I remember how hard it was for him to take those baby steps!)

andsewitis Holly said...

Hi Dot! If I lived closer I'd walk with you. It would be tiring to walk with a weight, though. I can't believe what you have accomplished while injured. You do more with two broken arms than I do with sound arms! Your GFG is looking awesome. Makes me want to make one.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Glad you are slowly improving. Loving the colours in the Grandma's Flower Garden.

Patti said...

Well done!