Last Friday I decided that I needed to move my 1970 Boss 302 car parts from our house ( that we sold in San Jose) to our house in Walnut Creek. Our plan was to get in our new/used Toyota truck and head down there to pick them up. After many attempts to get in the truck we decided to call it off. Earlier in the week I was talking to Chris Van Andel – he offered to help me retrieve my car parts in San Jose. I called him and he was more than happy to help! We ER Chris in San Jose and packed his van full of parts. We then headed north to Walnut Creek. Much to our surprise, traffic was icing along for a Friday afternoon. We arrived in WC, unloaded, and Chris shot the shit with me for several hours hanging on the driveway. It was nice to just hang out and visit with my good friend.
Friday night, Anneliese and I decided to venture out to my daughters’ HS football Game – where her cheer team was mentoring the young girls and performing with them.
It was good to get out and I saw lots of good friends from high school. I even decided to bring out my “4th child”, my Canon Mark III 1D. It was fun taking pics of everyone but I quickly figured out that a big camera and a big lens are hard to holdup without almost falling over in my chair. Saturday started very wet -and I quickly figured out that rain and being in a wheelchair do not mix. We ventured out to breakfast and by the time Anneliese, Eddie and myself sat down – we were drenched – but had a great breakfast. When we got home, I quickly noticed that the gutters were over flowing and water was spilling over and bouncing in through the open door. I told Anneliese that, ” if I was normal and could walk, I would be out there cleaning those right now”. My amazing wife said, tell me how to unplug the gutters and I will. She proceeded to drag a 10 foot ladder around the house and unclog all of the gutters. Anneliese is amazing and I love her very much.
Sunday started with my friend Steve coming over, who is also a paraplegic, I met at a stop light when I asked about his hand cycle. Steve has been a great friend and a wealth of knowledge for me. He was at my house to show me that a paraplegic could get into my truck. We spent a few hours talking and him showing me transfers In and out of trucks.
Thanks Steve. Later that day, I was greeted by great friends, Martin Szwarc and the Normans. Kenny rounded the kids and had them break down all the boxes on the side of the house and they proceeded to load the truck full of recycle. It was nice to watch the boys all work together. Kenny brought over old road racing posters – and we proceeded to decorate my empty garage with mid 90′s era road racing poster. They’re great.
The girls folded laundry on the floor, the kids shot Nerf guns and Kenny, Martin and I
sat around BS and laughed about funny racetrack stories. We all then decided to order Chinese Food, as we were starving. We laughed while eating, as half of them sat on the floor and the other half sat on the counter ( still waiting on furniture.). What a great time with good friends.
This week we made a lot of progress with confirming appointments and testing new equipment. On Friday, I will be heading to the wound clinic, for much needed surgery on my horrible pressure sores. My tailbone is pretty bad and they are unclear of how severe this wound is. Its pretty deep. My home health nurse suggested a hyperbaric chamber while I’m there- I’ll let you know!!
I’m hoping tomorrow gives me answers and much needed help with these.
I also tested a standing frame – which I ordered, to help me with my circulation and all around health.
Monday is my MUCH awaited surgery at Stanford to get my filter out. I’m told it will be about a 3 hour surgery and I’m hoping it works! This doc seems pretty confident that he can help me. I will bet there all day, here’s to my surgery and them getting this filter out!
We are going to Laguna Seca on Saturday – to watch my good friend Steve Rapp, try and rap up the Harley Davidson Championship. Should be a fun day seeing everyone and watching great Racing.
Thanks again for the continued support – I’m hoping this surgery goes ok because I’m looking forward to the Benefit at Sonoma Raceway on Nov. 18th!
I’ll blog next week and let you know!!