I already decided that I’m going to mix it up today with Ryan’s routine. He’s going to get the day off (mostly) so that we can enjoy the cool day forecasted here in northern Virginia. This should mean some quality patio time! They are calling for temperatures to stay below eighty-degrees through the morning and into the early afternoon. The weather here, over the past several weeks, was entirely too hot and humid. On top of this, his HBOT schedule (early morning and early evening) sucks up any chance of getting him outside.
When Ryan finishes his HBOT session this morning, we’re headed straight out as soon as the misty rain stops. I’ll give him a light stretch — say, forty-five minutes worth — in his wheelchair. I’ll follow this with passive exercise on the ActiveCycle with about an hour on the legs and thirty-minutes on the arms. This can all be accomplished on the patio. Who knows, by the time I’m ready to sit down maybe the outside patio-chair cushions will even be dry. Could I be so lucky?
Sue will not be available to enjoy much of this time with us. She is making a Costco run that, as we all know, is more of an event than simply shopping. Unfortunately, Ryan’s Wish List isn’t getting the support it once did and we need to do some major restocking. The cold truth is I don’t even list some items anymore because they didn’t get purchased in the past. I hope it’s just because summer has everyone preoccupied, but I can’t help but admit this didn’t happen the last two summers.
I fear Ryan is losing relevance. Yes, the decline in community financial support is an indicator but there are other signs that can’t be ignored. It almost feels like the sunshine is fading.
I blame myself.
I hope to make some time this week to find ways to rekindle the passion and support that once blazed like an inferno.