This last year has been, simultaneously, the longest and the fastest year of my life. In some ways, the months have flown by, and I can hardly believe that time has passed so quickly. But at the same time, it seems like it has been an eternity since Robb broke his spine.
I'm really, really nervous about leaving Robb to go do this job in New York. Prior to the accident, I would often leave home for freelance painting jobs. I spent five months in Connecticut, doing an internship. I worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for three months. I spent eight summers living in rural New York, painting opera scenery. But, I never had any doubts that Robb could manage without me.
As a bit of a reality check, I took a look at what was going on twelve months ago. I needed to see how far we've progressed.
One Year Ago
Robb was home from the hospital. At this time, Robb was only able to stand for forty-five minutes at a time. He was exhausted most of the time, but we were starting to go out on little recreational outings. He was still using the walker and the wheelchair, a lot of the time. He was not permitted to walk up or down stairs without someone "guarding" him, in case of a fall. I had just returned to work, and we had therapists coming to the house. Robb wrote his first entry on this weblog. Robb was able to laugh, without causing himself terrible pain.
This was a difficult time, but we were beginning to get the hang of things.
And now, because I'm taking this brief out-of-town job, I'm worrying about how Robb will do on his own. I'm not just worried about the domestic stuff, or if the cats will lose their minds and eat his face off as he sleeps.
I'm worried that Robb will feel isolated and lonely. So do take a moment to leave us a note on the blog (click the word "comments" at the bottom of the posting). Or give us a call, or stop by for half an hour some time.