Monday, December 29, 2008

Life in the southern hemisphere

I got back to NZ two weeks ago and this is my first attempt to update the blog, bad I know.

The flight home was long (as usual) and a bit tiring (also usual), it was made challenging by the fact that I had 5 large pieces of baggage and I couldn’t lift a single one of them… the saddest part of this story is that I couldn’t buy any duty free alcohol as I was carted around on a golf cart!
I acquired a walking stick which I used to my advantage, it makes a big difference with injuries like mine when there is something physical for people to see… otherwise they push you around like normal. I got special treatment by the airhostess – they were great! I was also upgraded to business class (which is the only way to travel long distance I am telling you!!!).

It took a few days to recover from that trip when I got home. My energy leaves have been very low and I haven’t been keeping up with communication.

I am definitely improving on the energy front, I am managing to last some days without nana naps most days now and I am definitely more active. I am going to physio. I had my first 10 minute session on an exercycle yesterday and will be doing more today and after New Year I start a rehab programme in the local pool which will help fitness.

Yesterday I went 24 hours without taking any strong pain killers, it wasn't particularly comfortable. The one good thing to come from this accident is that I am lighter than I have been since I was a teenager; I am down to 66kg which means I have lost about 8kg over the last couple of months. Only problem with that is that I will have to carry ballast on my paraglider as I will be too light now.

I have sent my glider away to get fixed, it will still be a few weeks before it is all together and flyable and I am thinking I will be ready for it then. Grant took me for a tandem flight a few days ago. I was a little nervous in the air but that is to be expected. I think I have a healthy regard for the ground at the moment!!!

It is funny being a minor celebrity in the paragliding world, everyone has heard or wants to hear about my crash… shame the celebrity status isn’t for something a bit more impressive or skill related!


Anonymous said...

It's good to hear from you. I've been meaning to send you an email for ages, but I have been a bit under the wind for the last few weeks. Too many birthday and farewellparties, I guess. But with only two workingdays (and not even full days at that) till January the 12th, I plan to catch up on writing people emails, wishing them Happy New Year and stuff.

I hope you're enjoying yourself back home in the summer. Most of the last 24hrs it was snowing in Yerevan, so you can imagine I am slightly jealous of you.

Take good care of yourself, recover well and fast. Will be in touch soon.

And, before I forget: good on you for going flying again! Kind of gutsy, but I guess the right thing to do for you!

Big hug!

Anonymous said...

thats my girl . pleased that you have been up again.

Anonymous said...

That's my girl , pleased you have been up again