I've already admitted to being lost without the girls around. Well I am also in "what can I get done while they're gone" mode. Our week has been crazy. For some reason our van doors don't open anymore on their own. It's really weird. We took it in yesterday and they're ordering the parts for it. So we'll be waiting 7-10 days on that one. Luckily the seats and driving controls work great so the important things function perfectly. But when the doors don't work, that puts more responsibility back on me, which is of course no big deal. However, when you've been cruising along for so long and have to step back for a bit, it takes you a minute to get back to a previous spot.
Last night Chaz asked me to come with him today and help him and of course I said yes. He has to have my help for so many things. I truly try to back off and let him be as independent as possible. I know I would want to be independent if I was him. But since his wrist and elbow are fused his shoulder is taking a beating and it's starting to bother him. We're trying to protect that shoulder, so that's where I come in. Thank goodness he asked me to come with him because this has been an interesting day.
We parked at the hospital and Chaz got out of the van and went to sit in his wheelchair and it tipped over backwards. His anti-tip bars broke a few days ago. We now know why those are so important. So accident number one was Chaz flipping out of his chair. (Not fun). Of course he laughed and I did not when he flipped out of his chair. Then he basically made me laugh. He has this amazing contagious laugh that just makes you join in. We got him off the ground and we were off to PT.
Then he had a great workout at the MATC. He felt really good and went to the mat to stretch. He came around the mat and pop. His prosthetic broke. It was the craziest thing. It just snapped off. He falls to the floor and our friend Tyler broke the shock and awe in the room with his laughter which was perfect. Once again I wasn't laughing but Chaz made me laugh and Tyler and I took pictures. His therapist took his leg to the prosthetic guys. I laughed and said, "Ah heck I bet we've got some super glue or duct tape." Chaz left his broken leg with the guys and told them he'd pick it up tomorrow. We got him off the floor and finished his workout and then headed back to the apartment.
We parked and I got Chaz's chair for him. Unfortunately the parking lot was wet and the chair slipped back and he fell out of the van. Luckily I was right there this time and helped him get into his chair. Yes there was more laughter.
We came back and had some lunch. Chaz asked me to look at something on his back. It was a bruise from the first fall this morning. After I looked at it and explained what I saw, he went to go back to his computer and leaned back too far and flipped out of his chair again. Yes there was more laughter. But this was more like, "Holy moley are you freaking kidding me" laughter. I joked and said that perhaps we go to bed and try to restart this day. In all seriousness, it has not been a bad day. It's just been a frustrating day. But the good news is, we can laugh it all off and get up and go on.