Monday, May 08, 2006

Unfettered!

I'm so happy! Robb hit a huge milestone today, and I want to jump around and celebrate!!!


During physical therapy today, Robb had his back brace off for thirty-five minutes.

Since getting the go-ahead from his surgeon on Friday, Robb has had his brace off long enough to take x-rays, and for about two minutes on Saturday. Today, Robb took his brace off and did exercises with Doreen. Then we walked with the walker. And then, and most excitingly, he walked laps around the apartment with just the cane.

In the past three months, Robb has never stood up without his brace. He has taken the brace off to sleep and to dry off after showers, but that's it. He has been a turtle.

Not surprisingly, he was pretty exhausted when I got home. We had a nice dinner and an otherwise quiet evening. I caught up with Gina in Baltimore, and made plans to get together with Ellen and Kara tomorrow. Ashley had hoped to come over tonight, but Robb was just too tired for company. Hopefully, we'll be able to get together soon. We're about to start technical rehearsals for the next show at Berkeley Rep, which means that she will be very busy in the evenings.

In case you're wondering, that's Robb at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. We drove across country last summer after I finished my contract at The Glimmerglass Opera. Anyone who can identify the other photo wins a prize!

7 comments:

Lock Wench said...

Congratulations on the little dose of freedom. I am sure it was absolutely divine..even if you DID have some discomfort later. I imagine some day you running....like in Forrest Gump...with that damn brace falling away from you in shattered pieces.....

"Runnnnn Robb, Ruuunnnnnnn!

Anonymous said...

Oh Happy Day!

The second picture looks like a human turtle!

Bandaid

Anonymous said...

But *who* is in the turtle shell???

Anonymous said...

Mom says it was Robb when on tour Dad

Anonymous said...

The "turtle photo" is actually a photo of me, taken by Lisa and Robb after an especially hard night of drinking. The photo shows me at the moment I wake up and am wondering how I got there.

Lisa, you promised you would never show this to anyone, thanks for posting it on your blog, and allowing me to confront my problem publically in an online forum.

-Annalisa

Robb said...

Turtle is right. Regardless of who it is ( and I'm not saying) my therapist tells me that PTs refer to clients who wear a hard plastic brace such as mine as "Turtlebacks." So.. half a mystery solved...

Terri said...

A group called "Out Professionals" bought out all of the tickets to our show tonight - do you think they are all turtles freed of their shells too?

Congratulations!

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