So, I did announce this on both Twitter and Facebook, but the news is BIG and deserves its own post here on my poor, neglected blog...
I AM CANE FREE!!
I began to wean myself from my cane a couple of months ago--using it only in the shower and outdoors and away from home. And then I stopped using it at home altogether, only taking it with me to new places, or out if the weather was bad.
I began to leave it in the car for church (since it's a familiar place where I am comfortable and safe).
Then I began to leave it in a corner at the stroke center, only using it to walk outside to and from the bus.
I went cold turkey and left it at home all the time. And the last time I used it at all was Mother's Day since we had five inches of snow and safety seemed prudent.
So I have been totally cane-free for weeks now--shopping, church, appointments, the stroke walk this morning (two quarter-mile loops around a lake at a local park).
It feels great! With a my right hand free, I can set and clear the table at meals, cook some,walk Maddie and make and carry my coffee in the morning. It's awesome! A miracle even! Something I wasn't certain would happen. But all this hard work at PT and perseverance and prayer (thank you!) has paid out some big results!
Seeing progress like this has motivated me to keep working hard to stay positive, to refuse to consider giving up.
Just had to share my big news with you!
Enjoy your weekend!
With love and gratitude for your support and prayer,