It was the worst? or best? of times…

22 04 2013

WheelchairOne year ago today my hubby crashed his mountain bike and was paralyzed from the neck down. I’ll never forget that phone call from his biking buddies, the ambulance ride, standing in a deserted hallway at UMass Emergency, days in the ICU, months in Spaulding rehab, and months on months working his ass off at home on every nerve, muscle, body functions, mediation – you name it – a spinal cord injury affects everything in the body and everything has to be worked to recover.

Ed-Lowell

Ed at a charity event this March

I kissed Ed this morning, shook his hand, and told him to give me a kick in the ass – all of which worked well. He is well down the multi-year recovery road – able to walk, limited use of his hands – although he has many battles still to fight, some seeming more exhausting than the ones already past.

I want to thank each and every friend – the support you all gave us this past year is what made this past year a great year, even though it was a tough year. Charles Dickens said it well… but I had to change the order of each phrase to really express what I mean…

Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
Modifed by AmyO: A Tale of Two Perspectives…

It was the worst of times (pain and despair), it was the best of times (friendship and strength), it was the age of foolishness (how little we know), it was the age of wisdom (how much we learned), it was the epoch of incredulity (how could this possibly have happened), it was the epoch of belief (it really is possible fight to get better), it was the season of Darkness (oh no, the spinal electrical shocks continue to cause more damage), it was the season of Light (when an amazing neurosurgeon fixes that bad issue), it was the winter of despair (no need to explain), it was the spring of hope (we’re out walking!), we had nothing before us, we had everything before us, …

Thank you all for your support. Love you!

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3 responses

22 04 2013
Ann Bischoff

Amy and Ed – you have inspired so many of us by your positive attitude and unwillingness to give in. So wonderful to see the progress. Thanks for the perspective. on on…

22 04 2013
Carol Bowers

Love you guys, keep fighting the fight you have come so far and through so much. We are with you every step of the way!!

23 04 2013
Lynn McCarthy

“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall and falling,
they’re given wings.”
― Rumi
Thank you for sharing your wings with us.
Sending love,always, Lynn & Fred

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