lap by lap, pedal by pedal, mile by mile, mm by mm
Posted Sep 08 2011 12:00am
Lap by lap, pedal by pedal, mile by mile I slowly begin to feel more like myself. Slowly that confidence that used to exude from my being but then got replaced by fear, doubt, anxiety has begun to return to me. I am far from being the shape that I was in last year, but as evidenced by the miles I rode my bike and the miles that I ran this past weekend I am even further from the wheelchair bound version of myself of this past winter.
My vanity wants to wear my cute shoes again. My pride wants to be able to be back at work full time taking care of critically ill babies, but not yet. I still must wait. However, with each lap I swam this morning (and there were 80 of them) I could feel my strength coming back. Each mile I run reminds me that I can do anything I set my mind to. I remind myself that great strides and accomplishments are not met by sitting on the sideline by staying with that which is safe. You must risk to achieve. So, I risk. I choose not to sit on the sideline.
Still my real recovery is not measured by the miles I cover in my athletic pursuits. My real road to actual recovery to finding out what will be my new normal is measured in millimeters. As millimete by millimeter the nerve regrows in my foot, the sensation has slowly begun to return to the bottom of my foot. Will I ever recover any strength in my foot, no one knows, but there is reason to hope. So while the rest of my body powers through miles, the nerves continue their millimeter a day progress. And I wait and to build the new version of me whatever it will be.