This weekend Keenan and I were able to do some lovely walks through the the trails around Morfee Lake, which lucky for us is 5 minutes away from our house. We walked along the woodland trail and collected some Labrador Tea leaves and found a flowering current bush.
It is May and at last the North is becoming the place that I love. I love the early winter and the summer. Ask me my opinion in March or April when "The Melting" takes place and you will get a very different answer.
I feel especially lucky this year as I am able to go for walks and mange modest trails. The last few years at this time my back injury has flared up to the point that I have been bed-ridden and have had to crawl up the stairs in my house... dramatic I know.
I try not to talk too much about this on my blog as it is my happy place. But for those who are wondering in 2009 I was riding my bike in downtown Victoria and was hit by a car. I went flying off my bike and had a heavy impact with the pavement. This resulted in multiple fractures in my hand, a very messed up wrist, a cast on for almost 6 months and various other nagging maladies. Despite all this I know I am very lucky to be "O.K" and that I did not get a head injury. I was wearing a helmet of course but braced my fall mostly with my right arm.
This accident made my life very different and I to change career paths, look into upgrading and changing the direction of my education and so far ending my time as a competitive athlete. At the time of the accident I was on my way home from work but it was also 2 days before my first Triathlon. I had been training for the Triathlon for 6 months. Anyway I really miss swimming and riding my bike and running of course. Not riding my bike is the hardest as I used to ride everywhere to commute and it is also one of Keenan and my favourite activities to do together.
I am very glad I have a lawyer because the case with ICBC the auto insurance company is still ongoing. Who knew it takes 4 to 5 years to be compensated even when you are at zero fault for the accident (I was hit from behind).
Anyway I am still waiting on results from a MRI to see what is wrong with my back even though it has been plaguing me for years now. All I know is that since the accident my back has refused to get better. I have to be very careful and I am not able to do much housework or other everyday things one takes for granted. It is suspected that I have a disc injury and/or compressed vertebrae and nerve damage.
Currently I am cautiously optimistic that maybe things are finally going to take a turn for the better. I have been seeing a registered massage therapist which has really been helping and now I am able to go on modest walks through the woods and on local trails without too much pain. This is something I am incredibly thankful for and I hope so much that I can make it through the summer without a flare up.
It is hard being so enthusiastic about outdoor activities, nature and gardening while having to be very careful of all my movements. Though I have high hopes that sometime in the future I will be able to do more of the things I used to excel at independently. Keenan has been so supportive and helpful through all this, I feel very fortunate to have him.
So this is me out and about getting slowly reacquainted with parts of my life that I have missed over the last few years very much.
|The trail down to the narrows where we like to swim as it is so sandy, and some long views across the lake.|