6 of my girl cousins flew in from all over the US including California, S. Carolina, Vermont and Chicago and rented a house together in Miami. It's amazing we got our schedules together to actually make it happen! We called it a Pretty Pity Party because so many of us had terrible things happen ie parents dying and my accident, which affected everyone. It was fabulous... a good treatment for the soul as well as (what I never realize I need to do) a rest from therapy. We went for a walk; everyone did laps away from me and back again while one cousin meandered patiently with me as I resolutely plodded, and my sister helped me to swim in the pool, but nothing was ever for the sake of therapy. We only left the house one time, to go to dinner at an authentic Cuban restaurant. I didn't even know I needed it, but it rejuvenated me!
I figured it's about time for a medical update! I changed from doing physical therapy twice a week at Palms West, which is 10 minutes away, to doing it in Boynton Beach, which is 30 minutes away, because they specialize in neurology. I absolutely love it! She does many different clever exercises with me to challenge my speed and coordination. All the doctors I've seen affirm that my strength is fine; I just need work on speed and coordination. She does thing like she puts 3 cones on the ground and I have to tap each one, always to the ground in between, as fast as I can (which is not fast!) without knocking them over. I can almost feel my brain healing! And also, since it's under a different network than the hospital, I pay a $25 copay each time, and insurance covers the rest, instead of insurance covering nothing at all! I don't understand, but they do, and I happily pay my $25 and skedaddle!
The horse search is in full blown excitement mode! We are trying to stay in the West Palm Beach area first. Jen goes and tries them to see if they're even suitable. So far, nice sweet horses, but not the perfect one YET! Jen is trying 2 more today, so fingers, toes, and eyes crossed!
I'm very excited! One of my clients wants to buy me a suitable horse!! Yippee!!! She felt what I meant about needing that relationship over just purely riding. And so the hunt begins! It doesn't need to be fancy at all. Something like Roxy: sensitive, incredibly sweet, very safe, and well trained. I'd like it to be 3rd, 4th, or PSG because even though I certainly don't need it now, I'm looking for the future, to know I'll have a long lasting partnership. Yipppeeeeeee!!!!
I've also begun therapy at a new place that specializes in neurology. I am excited about it, about the new things they do, seeing the problems with a new set of eyes and fresh ideas on how to work on them. I'll still go to the gym here to do the exercises Sharon did with me, but I'll go to the new place twice a week.
Oh, a follow up from my last entry. Steffen's ride gave me such an incredible, unbelievable amount! I know, at the start, I deplored my inability to FEEL what was going on. But I have to say, he felt FOR me. What I could see him feel, I could feel. So that's opened up a whole new world. That's why I always went to clinics before, to open my eyes to different things. Ahhh.