I’m anxiously waiting for April The Giraffe to have her baby.
She might have HAD her baby by the time you read this.
I’ve seen a giraffe give birth before and I have to say it’s not a pretty sight.
(Also, the baby drops about six feet when born – ouch!)
I keep waiting for April’s calf anyway.
My son left on Saturday afternoon and I’m now trying to catch-up on everything I’ve ignored over the last few weeks.
Sunset in Newport Beach
Yesterday, I spent my morning with Paul Newman and my afternoon in Los Angeles with my surgeon.
I’m eleven (11!!!) weeks post-op.
The good news is very good …
The worst of my pain-causing injuries are gone/repaired/removed …
Which means I’m in a LOT less pain.
If nothing else ever happens, I’ll be forever grateful just for that.
The bad news …?
After nearly eleven YEARS of not being able to use my arm and/or use it normally ….
I still can’t.
I get SO frustrated!
(I have a logical understanding about my Arm Situation, and an emotional tantrum about it happening simultaneously.)
Since the teeth-clenching pain is gone I feel like I should be progressing very quickly.
But, even the simplest, very-beginning, post surgery PT exercises are still defeating me.
Paul Newman is encouraging …
He tells me he sees progress even though I don’t.
My surgeon explained to me it will be harder for me to see day-to-day progress than it is for Paul Newman.
“It’s like you’re watching paint dry,” he said.
“You don’t see it changing, but other people do.”
I’m allowed to do some light shooting if I’m careful and if I don’t carry my equipment (extra cameras/lenses/lighting).
That means I have to leave my gear at home or hire someone else to carry it.
And, my surgeon also told me he expects it will take a year of strengthening work until I’m done.
I wasn’t expecting that, and it made me SAD.
And “done” is also an unknown …
No one really knows exactly what my arm will be like a year from now.
I was thinking I’d be finished with arm rehab by the beginning of summer, so BUMMER!
But, hell – what’s another year after nearly eleven years, right?
I’m focusing on the positive …
I can start taking my camera out and about now, even if I can’t haul a ton of gear with me.
Just the thought makes me very happy.
So, that’s what I’ll try to stay focused on.
Even if I have to start with just a few photos a day …
It’s a start.
And that …?
Is a very good thing!