Nyel on the Move!

Nov 29, 2014 | 3 comments

Nyel on the Move

Nyel on the Move

Now that Nyel has ‘boots on the ground’ and is striding on out in his walker, my job description has changed. For the first ten weeks after surgery, I was Leg Mover Extraordinaire. Nyel could not change positions (at least not if his leg was involved) without my assistance.  Now that phase of recovery is over and I have become Hovering Woman.

I try not to be intrusive (and I am getting better) but I can’t help going into Full Standby Mode whenever Nyel is on the move. At first, when he was still pretty wobbly, I walked behind him in case… of what? There is no way I could have kept this six-foot-two, two-hundred-pound man from falling. It was scary. But, progress is being made by baby steps (so to speak) and in the ten days that his cast has been off, he has become increasingly sure-footed and better balanced.

Look, Ma! No wheelchair!

Look, Ma! No wheelchair!

Yesterday, though, when we decided to see if Nyel could get into our car, I was back to hovering big time. For these past three months, transport has involved a much larger vehicle than ours so that Nyel could sit crossways on the back seat. Getting him in and out required the marvelous help of our local fire department EMTs. So, the question was: would the 20° bend at the knee allowed by his brace be enough for him to fit into our little Prius-C?

I parked the car facing south so that Nyel could get onto the back seat from the passenger side. Walking from our front door to the car involved several ‘firsts’ – two steps down (fortunately. not together), the walk along the porch in the great out-of-doors, and backing onto the seat without help. That 20° made all the difference and it all worked perfectly. He was able to ride in relative comfort to and from Astoria and back, allowing me to do a couple of errands. Wow!

My only regret – I was too busy hovering to remember to take any photographs so we have no visual documentation of that momentous occasion! Maybe I can get some pictures today when we go to Adelaide’s for coffee…

3 Comments

  1. Pat Thomas

    Vroom! Vroom! Nyel!

    Reply
  2. Marion Freshley

    I just love hearing of Nyel’s progress!! Three cheers for your trip to Adelaide’s!

    Reply
  3. Stephanie Frieze

    Nyel must feel that he’s been let out of jail– albeit a lovely jail, but jail none the less.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *