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What Now?!?

I am happy to share with you, my readers, that this will be my last blog with my left tibia as the main subject.  So unless unforeseen circumstances occur in the future, please consider this my farewell address regarding my injury.

I flew over to O’ahu this morning to meet with my surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Harpstrite, with the hope that he would have nothing but good news to share with me.

Time heals all wounds…well, time a damn good surgeon, some screws, a titanium rod, some swearing and duct tape.

I can report to you, with confidence, that after 17 arduous months, my left tibia is finally healed.

As soon as I landed back on Maui I left the airport parking lot and drove directly to work to give human resources the signed documentation that shows that I am cleared to resume my duties (albeit, slightly modified). My body may never fully heal to what it was before the accident, but in all honesty…neither will my mind…and that’s okay.  If the saying “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger,” is true, than I think I’ll be just fine in the long run.

After 17 months of dealing with so many questions without answers today’s news came as such a relief.  I’m kind of excited to be in the position to ask myself, “What now?”

Even the external fixator screw holes are beginning to fill in.

I cannot wait to have some sort of structure to my days.  To be able to interact with coworkers, guests and acquaintances on a daily basis, to collect a paycheck, to feel productive and useful again in some capacity.  Of course, eventually I will begin to tire of these same items I am longing for right now and I will begin to look forward to my days off.  I do not plan on calling out sick for another decade or so…it just isn’t worth it.

There are things I cannot do, that may get easier with time and hard work, but I just need to pace myself right now and understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I have a lifetime to work on developing my body and mind.

Thank you for everyone’s support throughout this adventure.  I could not have done it without my friends and family.  I tried to remain positive throughout this ordeal, but I cannot imagine if I had to go through all of this alone.  So, from the bottom of my left leg…and my heart…please know that I love you all very much and I am glad to be looking forward to moving forward with our lives.

And to answer the inevitable next question: Yes.  I DO plan on getting back on the horse and will ride a motorcycle again.  If you cannot understand why, I cannot explain it to you.