Movie Night with Mom

Tonight’s movie was “Chef.” I liked it. I’ll probably give it 4 stars on my Netflix queue. It was a nice little escape for a few hours. Entertaining and happy. Well worth my Netflix fees.

My weekends usually consist of a movie night with mom lately. A light Rom-Com is always a good option. Why do we do this? Because we need a little escape and a breather from regular life. I haven’t been writing much (ok, anything at all) for a while now. The bottom line is that I’ve been too busy to write or haven’t known what to write about. I’ve had a lot on my mind and didn’t feel like trying to write any clever, witty or informative posts.

It started back in September when mom had some major back surgery. Everything was going as planned until her knee buckled after she had been home for almost 2 weeks. She needed another surgery and has been in the hospital/transitional care since. Mom is probably going through the most challenging time in her life. She has to re-learn how to walk.

It’s amazing to see what kind of equipment there is to help people re-learn some of the skills that we all take for granted. They get her on a Nustep “bike” and a LiteGait machine. The Nustep is a machine that is like a bike but it also has stuff for your upper body. The LiteGait machine is something that has a harness so you can walk on a treadmill or down a hallway while not supporting your full weight or having the danger of falling.

But the most amazing thing is seeing the determination of mom. Like all of us, she has her good days and her not-so-good days. But no matter what kind of day it is, she accepts her situation and has the courage to move forward and get better. Having a spinal cord injury requires a lot of patience. No one can tell you how much mobility you’ll regain or how quickly (or slowly) it will happen. You just have to keep plugging along and make the small strides each day that will eventually lead to getting back to your normal life.

Seven weeks ago, tonight, I was holding her hand while she came out of surgery in ICU. She has come so far since then. I know it may not seem like it. But the strides she has made are huge. I’m sure it’s difficult for her to see all of her gains and to visualize a future of easier, pain-free mobility. I can see it. I can visualize it. I have faith that it will happen.

My mom is an amazing woman. She has always been a role model, a great friend and the best mom anyone could hope to have. I know a lot of us think that about our mothers. But I have one that actually taught other parents how to do it right. 😉 I know that this recovery is the hardest thing she’s ever done. But I know in my heart that she will conquer this challenge and continue to be the incredible woman that she is!

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