Recently I came upon a blog wherein the author will, for each day in 2011, display a sense of gratitude about something. Since my recovery is expected to take 6-12 months, I thought that each day I could chronicle some small progress or otherwise show some gratitude for improvement in my condition--but then I realized that people don't come here primarily to read about a gimp's recovery, and soon, very soon, such posts would become exceedingly boring. So I decided not to do it.
But today I am, because I've got some gratitude to display. Yesterday I got the staples out of my knee, and the x-rays "look good". But that's not the best part. This morning, for the first time since that fateful day over 2 weeks ago, I got to take a real live genuine shower. Praise be to Jesus!
Recently the best I've been able to do was a washcloth bath, or sometimes just sit on the toilet seat and lean my upper body into the shower and use the hand-held shower squirter. It was enough to keep me from feeling gross, but not enough to feel clean and shiny. But today, oh, today was different.
Taking a shower means having to maneuver without the leg immobilizer on--and that petrifies me. I have one of those plastic stools in my tub, and it took me a couple minutes to figure out how to get my bad leg, which must remain perfectly straight, into the tub without the immobilizer. Fear, panic, dread, but after a few different attempts I devised a procedure to get the leg in there. And then, there I was. Sweet Mother of God, did that hot water falling from above feel good!
I feel clean, refreshed, and happy.