This weekend was all about renewal for me, and exploration for Fener. I stayed home and hibernated while Nick was out and about.
After his training on Saturday we visited Mom. But before we went up to the house we decided to use the flat road as a pathway for a little walking. But wouldn’t you know, in the span of fifteen minutes of walking down the street in front of his Moms house, we ran into three(!) separate people Nick knows. I couldn’t believe it. And not just acquaintances either. He ran into two old buddies who were once great friends, but who he just hasn’t seen since the accident. It was all so very random and awesome!
When we got home from Moms, Nick literally walked from one car to the other and drove away to a friends house, leaving his wheelchair behind! The wheelchair and I stayed home and watched TV together while Nick was out experimenting with his own personal limits. Not only did he navigate a few various slopes and steps with the hand crutches, he sorted out the logistics of using the restroom without the convenience of being in a wheelchair. These are huge confidence builders for him, and me. Even though he still needs a spotter when on an uneven surface or steps, he is getting stronger, more stable and a lot more capable of anticipating balance issues. I only had to catch him once when he attempted to go up Moms stairs without the handrail, using crutches only. We immediately decided that was a bad idea though an had a pleasantly uneventful rest of the climb.