Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just a Supersized Walker

Today was very much a walking day. It felt good to start stretching my legs, especially on what was almost like a Spring day.

This morning I had the wonderful experience of playing the Bottesini piece with our coach Bill, who was of course playing Deborah’s part with his super-expensive Italian bass. Deborah and I have this way of understanding each other’s difficult parts and making allowances. Bill kept me honest, exposing all the times when I cheated a beat or slowed the tempo. It was a fantastic working session, which hopefully will put me in better shape to play the piece with Deborah.

After my lesson, I walked several blocks to the car (at least the equivalent of 6 houses), turning down the offer to be picked up in front of Bill’s house. It was a nice day and I felt happy to walk.

Then we stopped at Safeway to refill a couple of prescriptions. I opted to come in so I could find a ripe avocado, some little tomatoes, and the cottage cheese I had dreamed of for lunch today. What I discovered is that a shopping cart makes a terrific walker, utilizing some muscles that my crutch doesn’t exercise. The local Safeway is a rather enormous store and the things I needed were on far distant aisles, so add a couple more houses at least.

I was rather tired when we finally got home, but I felt good about all that walking.

After my nap, I went along on the CSA pick up and plotted how I could do it myself next week. It may take a couple of trips to get the produce and me safely into my car, but I’m ready to try.

Tomorrow is my first attempt at driving. Once I am good to go, I doubt I will stop!


Blogger Kristin said...

Way to go, Barbara! The strides you have made in the past few weeks far exceed six houses.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

Uh oh... she'll have wheels and isn't afraid to use them!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- Reading tomorrow night will require me to drive myself, so I may or may not make it.

Kelly -- Still a little afraid, but maybe not after tomorrow.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the community I now live it I am cognizant of the enormous utility of the shopping cart as an aid to those whose walk is unstable. Congrats on discovering another assistance to your recovery!

(Blogger is being defiant again about letting me sign in!)

11:04 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

I find myself getting elated when reading these posts where you are out and about--and cheery--I'm an optimist myself so I love a person who goes for it! I admire you SO much. sincerely!

12:28 AM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

Glad to see you are making such excellent progress!

2:14 AM  
Blogger Fire Byrd said...

It's amazing that Safeway provides these giant walkers, and that you so usefully decided to use on it to put your food in. Perhaps the store could market them as shopping trolleys....

Sorry British humour, just loved the idea of you finding another use of the dreaded trolleys

3:00 AM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

I like the idea of you doing your laps at the market, safe too, to lean on since the shopping carriages are so heavy-- I think you could write a poem called six houses...

4:24 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

You're an inspiration. I thought I might add a half mile to my daily walk for every house you add but gosh, I'll be walking all day if I try to keep up!

6:42 AM  
Blogger Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Hello Barbara, I came across your blog through Fire Byrd. I must tell you that my family owns a mid-size grocery store in a small Georgia town. Some time ago my sister-in-law fell & broke her hip. After going through rigorous PT she began to feel confident in walking. Now she goes to the store every day, takes out a grocery cart and walks several "laps" around the store to get her exercise. It is a BIG walker & much more sturdy! Hope you are out & about more in the near future.
I'll be back to visit.

9:33 AM  
Blogger bozoette said...

Good for you! My mom used to insist on going to the store so that she could get her exercise -- using the cart as a walker!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Woo hoo! I love the fact that you've found a therapeutic reason to go grocery shopping! (Always one of my least favorite tasks, I must admit.) Congrats on the continued progress. :)

4:49 PM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

Mrs. Sneed just remarked tonight that the cart at the store made a good walker. she has chronic back pain.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Lizzy -- Thanks for stopping by. I've seen your comments on others' Blogs and am happy to find one here. I will check you out too!

Merle -- I wondered why my arms were sore today and then realized it was from leaning on the grocery cart! Sounds like Mrs. Sneed and I would be a fine pair.

10:07 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

I remember my mum using a shopping trolley in the same way the last time I went shopping with her

which might have been the last time she ever went shopping

It sounds as though you're doing really well Barbara. Congrats! :-)

4:41 AM  

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