Happiest dude EVER! Look at that smile.
All the therapy he’s done has been leading up to this awesomeness.
Nick scuba diving, me snorkeling taking photos. The view wasn’t that great in a swimming pool, but the feeling was priceless!
The amputee adventures are a Go!
Nick’s first underwater experience as an amputee was wildly successful. First he practiced kicking with a traditional fin, which was too rigid, so he switched to a more modern split-fin design. The weakness in his right side was very obvious as he swam around the pool. Those fins create a lot of resistance and require a lot of leg strength to use.
We were all surprised to discover Nick’s buoyancy was fairly neutral, meaning he was able to keep his body parallel to the pool bottom without touching the ground.
He surfaced after 15 minutes, took off the fins, and put on a pair of webbed gloves. He liked this set up much better. He could swim faster and had more control using his arms and was less fatigued by not loading up his legs with resistance.
We were high all day from the experience. This was the first taste of familiar adventure Nick has had since his accident. The first attempt at a former hobby that he loves and longs for. Being weightless under water took his pain away and made him feel alive. No gravity weighing him down, no phantom pain, no stress – just calm, relaxed breathing, exploring the limits of his body. Soon, he’ll be exploring the ocean and all it’s majestic sea life.
A huge thank you to Bill and John at Sport Chalet in Menifee. They met with Nick before their shift started, for free, to help a broken man dive again. They were genuinely as excited as, if not more than, Nick and I. Wonderful, wonderful people. We’ll be diving with them soon!
Why am I blogging at 2:30am? Because my elevated heart rate won’t let me fall back asleep.
MIA dog just delivered this slobbery, dead creature into our bed while we slept. More specifically, she quietly set it in my hand, declaring her kill with pride.
Feeling the soft and soggy body was such an odd sensation, I jumped out of sleep screaming and onto my feet so fucking fast that the whole house was suddenly on alert.
Dan came running, he heard the killing only moments earlier. MIA dog, the boastful hunter, was now running around with her tail between her legs as I fumbled for the camera and a plastic bag. She’s an intuitive little shit, very aware of how upset I was, but too damn cute to get mad at.
Life is a marathon. Hardship either builds endurance or makes you quit.
Nick is getting stronger. Life is getting easier. I’m not only talking about physically. The emotional fatigue can make a 5K feel like an Ironman.
Today a woman walked up to Nick and thanked him for serving our country. That’s not the first time it’s happened. Nick always assumed it’s due to the camouflage on his legs, but this woman hadn’t even noticed. She admired his strength and attitude. She could tell he’s a warrior!
Tomorrow Nick goes to a SCUBA training pool to work out the specifics of bouyancy with prostheses.
Amputee Adventures start now!