Friday started with my usual PT/OT classes, but was great because I had Steve Dalton (an AFM turn worker) and my new friend Troy hang out with me in the afternoon. They are both in chairs and gave me some great advice about life in general in a chair. We played a little basketball, rolled out to the parking lot, and Troy lent me one of his high mobility wheelchairs to test out. Steve has continued to be a great source of information for me to learn what it is like to be in a chair, and I have to say, Steve can go up and down stairs like you wouldn’t believe.
We were trying to work on Troy’s wheelchair, so the seatback position is correct for me. To adjust the seatback we needed allen wrenches and Troy didn’t have any. Steve said he had some in his car, and he was there and back before Anneliese could’ve walked to her car, which was much closer.
On Saturday, we started by finding out that my doctor hadn’t submitted a request for my trip home that day. This caused problems as my Saturday PT schedule needed to be much shorter because I would be leaving at noon. Resty, my nurse that day, was able to get things straightened out that day in time for us to leave at noon. Anneliese and Alli were there to make the transfer from rehab to home. The car transfers are still a struggle. We had another day of heightened discussion in the driveway during the transfers. We were able to make it work, but it was a bitch. Everything after that (especially the custom Craig Sillers ramp) was smooth.
Earlier in the week, I was talking with Wayne Rainey on the phone about how to configure the bathroom for a paraplegic, During the conversation Wayne asked where my house was, and I told him Walnut Creek. He asked if that was on the way to Sacramento, because he was going to watch the Sacramento Mile on Saturday. I said “yes,” and he said “well, why don’t I stop by your house and look at your bathroom to see how it should be configured.” I gave him my address and a time window in which he should be there. We arrived at the house at 1:00, and the time window for Wayne was between 1 and 2. Wayne arrived at 2 pm, and we went outside to greet him. I rolled over to Wayne to see how he got out of the car with his chair, to help me figure out how to get out of the car with my chair. We all went inside and started talking about wheelchairs, etc, but the conversations quickly turned to racing motorcycles, things we did as kids to get in trouble with motorcycles…and before you knew it 2-hours had gone by. At that point, I asked Wayne if he wanted to take a look at the bathroom. He said “sure,” and we went back to take a look. He offered several suggestions, some great ideas that we had not thought about before. Wayne needed to get going to Sacramento, so we all went outside to say goodbye. At that point, Wayne said “I forgot to give you something,” and gave me a signed copy of his book. Then we asked if it was okay to take a picture of all of us before he left. He said “absolutely,” so Pete Doyle took the attached picture below.
From there, we went out to dinner at El Charro in Lafayette. Once again we had trouble with getting me out of the car, but we were able to get me out in one piece. We had a great dinner with immediate family and the Normans. Our night at the Lafayette Park hotel was fantastic. Anneliese and I got some much needed rest.
The next morning, after another almost-disaster getting into the car, we went to Jon and Molly’s house to see how the bathroom demo was coming along. Matt Orange and his wife Lindsay (and friend Steve Greg) came all the way from Half Moon Bay to help with the demolition of our bathroom. Also there helping were Kenny Norman and Jeff Lee. By 11 am, when we got there, there was nothing left of the bathroom, and Matt was putting a list together of things he needed to finish the job that day. We thanked everybody and left for the hospital, so we wouldn’t get busted for being tardy. Once I got into my room, I realized how tired I was and what a great weekend it was.Wayne Rainey came to my house and hung out for two hours, how cool is that?! This was the best one day weekend I’ve ever had!
Thank you for all your continued contributions.
Here are some pictures from Friday and Saturday (including Eddie and Jack getting a little time on the water with Eddies Dad, Happy Birthday Eddie!!!):
Here are some pictures of racers and fans, showing support with the “Stanton 53″ sticker. Included are Mike Guasch representing while racing America Le Mans Series, Colin Edwards and JT from AFM, and others from Laguna.