One small step for man
One giant leap for mankind

Neil Armstrong

First lunar landing, 1964

January 11. Saturday.

Pain 7
Mobility 5

I knew eventually I was going to have to force myself outside. Being cooped up even in the most luxurious and relaxing of surroundings does tend to fog one’s mind and debilitate one’s body. So I bundled myself up, taking at least 20 minutes to manage to dress myself, and took to the streets. Unfortunately, or maybe a well disguised blessing, we live close to a creek which means that all the sidewalks around here are either up or down in grade. The up proved to be no problem at all, but the down was a different story all together. I am glad I took one crutch with me “just in case” because without it I would still be standing in the snow at the corner of our street unable to make it down the grade without assistance. But all in all it was a wonderfully relieving experience. I was out for about 15 minutes, did a small circle around our little gated community and made it back in one piece. Lofty goals I know, but at this point, survival is my only driving force.