The ironic thing, again, is that without the pandemic none of these meetings would be online, and if you were in the hospital, or homebound, or just not anxious to get in the car or whatever, you wouldn’t have a way to attend. While now, you can, and people do. So I’m definitely seeing that things have changed, and that when this is over, or however it is characterized and things are “back to normal“ I predict there’s going to be a permanent change in some of these ways of getting together. I think there will be a permanent Zoom or other online component to many gatherings, such that a number of you can attend in person or by phone or computer and really maximize participation. It’s been possible in some places but that might become more of a standard. Very interesting to think about.
For therapy I continue to go out for four or five sessions daily, down to an activity room on this floor, or even one a couple of floors below, that has extensive machinery of different kinds that I use for one or another kind of exercise. We do a lot of stair climbing though, that being a principal activity of crucial importance for me! That and just walking. Because I really have to learn again from scratch. Pretty humbling that. It’s plenty awkward. The good thing though is that I do seem to be improving daily, so that is encouraging.
Having the staples out and washed my hair a couple of times now, my appearance is actually getting somewhere back to passable, and I actually shared a Skype call with my friend Lary, letting him see me for the first time in a couple of weeks. That felt like a step too. I don’t exactly have my smile back, though the facial droop is also on the improvement.
All right, here’s a picture one of the nurses took It’s on one of our evening walks (I have one assigned each night, to increase my time on my feet). Anyway Iuliano, that’s his name, from Brazil, with an Italian boyfriend (!), is one of the tallest guys on the unit, only of course way you shorter than me, so he had me do this picture holding my hand over his head to show how short he is.(If I can figure out how to put it in. Apparently not in this entry, maybe it has to go on the gallery.Well stay tuned.)