I realize we haven’t posted in several months, sorry for dropping the ball! Some of you may believe that we are still out adventuring in the van, others know that we have been living in Ohio for the past 7 months.
Its true that we had purchased a permit to hike along the John Muir trail in July. Its an 156 mile loop in the Sierra’s that was going to kick our asses. Unfortunately, as that date got closer on the calendar we began to realize that I would not be able to travel due to injuries from the accident in June (see previous post).
Laying in the hospital bed, I didn’t think for a second that I would miss that trip. A couple weeks after I got hit I joked with my dad that he better get his ass in shape cause I’d be ready. Fast forward to today and we’re approaching 6 months post accident, still at home, still recovering.
Lots of dates have come and gone, lots of anticipation has turned from a roaring flame to a careful flicker. We are more realistic, not so eager, and a lot more patient (most of the time). Instead of planning our next trip we are planning our next project here in Ohio, and learning how to be happy where we are.
So we have tentative plans to move to the Pacific Northwest in early 2018, assuming my recovery continues progressing as we hope (anyone with a brain injury knows that’s rarely the case). We had planned to leisurely drive up the coast after spending time in California. So since we didn’t get to travel as hoped, we’ve decided to roll the dice and try to find jobs somewhere up there. I guess its more of a dream than actual plans, we’ll keep you posted!
Now the last few months haven’t been a complete wash. Sebastian has been developing an app called CoffeeQ, a pay-it-forward platform for local coffee shops. It allows people to pre-purchase a coffee for someone in need, or send it to a friend. Check it out at coffeeq.org :]
We’ve also been doing a lot of pottery at a Cleveland ceramic studio called BRICK! The community is incredible and its been very therapeutic for us to have this as a creative outlet. I have also been propagating succulents, not only because I love to nerd out on plants, but also in hopes that we might make a little money off selling them with our pottery. Stay tuned for a possible new section of the blog that would allow you to order these cute guys!
I’ve been doing a TON of therapy with a lot of different specialists at the Cleveland Clinic. They are slowly repairing me to my former self by working mainly on my knees, brain, eyes, and neck. Although I look and might seem completely normal, I still have a ways to go in my journey to feeling like myself again. I have made lot of progress lately and believe that with the help of my doctors I will make a full recovery.
In time I would like to share more about my experiences as I have taken great comfort in reading the stories of those who have experienced similar injuries, and I hope to be that to someone else. In the mean time, one blog that helped me not feel like a crazy person was written by a woman named Paige Decker. She suffered a concussion while playing hockey for Yale. If you’re interested in this topic I suggest checking out The Invisible Injury. Another great resource was Love Your Brain for information, yoga videos, and support.
Thanks for checking in on us! I hope to start writing more and hopefully we’ll have some adventures to share soon!