Handicap van is back from the shop

Yesterday with the help of Ted and Murlene Grizzle we picked up our handicap van from the body shop. It looks good as new and was cleaner than most vehicles since it was not out on the roads with the melting snow.

We got the van back in time for a trip to the NuMotion office to evaluate my wheelchair situation. It was good to have the confirmation that my Uncle Vic’s chair that I have will be the best to serve my needs. I am so grateful for have the use of the van and now the power wheelchair. It is a tremendous blessing and a special emotional tie to an Aunt and Uncle that I highly valued.

Also, yesterday Steve Grimes, who was in charge of the crew who constructed my wheelchair ramp, built a set of steps to help me in my rehab. The steps are beautiful work of craftsmanship made out of aspen which is appropriate for Colorado. The steps will not only aid  in fall recovery, but will also be helpful in others ways as I regain the strength needed for full recovery.

I had to “try out” the new steps; so I lowered myself to the floor and was able to crawl for the first time and then scoot my way up the steps back into my wheelchair. The irony of the timing was that this morning as I was making my way from my recliner to my wheelchair using the walker I had a fall. Steve had taken the steps to put some finishing touches on them and constructed one more level so they were not here for me to use. Debbie was home so she was able to help me get back into a chair without too much difficulty.This fall recovery was much better than the first one I had several weeks ago and fortunately I have avoided any injuries.

My physical therapy session was this morning. I used a walker to get from the living room to my office with about three rest stops along the way. This is the longest distance that I have walked. I was surprised that I was not as strong as I expected. However, with some of my recent activities it made sense that I would have a more difficult day. So unlike Friday, I did get in a good rest this afternoon.

The progress that I have been making is encouraging and I appreciate those who are continually keeping me in your prayers. I am seeing prayers answered all along this road to recovery. Sometimes I need to stop and realize that I am now able to perform movement with my arms and legs that at one time seemed like it would take forever to recover.

After my initial forty pound weight loss and an emaciated looking body that even scared me I am back to within 14 pounds of regaining my pre-illness weight. The dilemma is that it seems to be accumulating around my middle. Some days ago, I expressed my concern to my ever-encouraging wife looking for reassurance I said, “I feel like I look six months pregnant!”  Debbie responded with a reassuring, “no you don’t!..I think its more like four.” I felt…better!?”


But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:10,11