Nature Wheeled: Talus Recovery (Week Three)

It has been three weeks since my initial Talus fracture injury, and one week since surgery.

In an attempt to “stay ahead of the pain” I was faithful about taking my strong pain meds, to the point of setting an alarm to wake up in the middle of the morning (meaning I wasn’t sleeping very well either). After my body adjusted more and I relied on lowed level pain meds and ice therapy to dull pain I began to feel better.

During those first few days I had my sweet mother in law to take care of me. I was also able to be patient with myself, prescribing more tv binge watching: Downtown Abbey. By the time my MIL left we had watched 3 seasons!

My tune changed after a post op check in on the state of my stitches. Huge praise, the incision was healthy and infection free. In not so pleasant news, I’d not been wearing my boot due to discomfort so my foot struggled to lie flat. The brisk nurse forced me to get it flat to get it back in the boot correctly before we left. I bit back tears during this process.

While in town we stopped by the grocery store. The rest of the tears flooded out as my fears came back about painful physical therapy and the need to return to the stronger pain meds and forever feel sick. I blubbered by my MIL stayed sweet and asked if there was anything special she could get me from the store. I asked her for my comfort snack, gummy bears!

Waiting in the parking lot, and continuing to cry, I decided to log into my pokemon go account. Well I was surprised when a special like week only available pikachu with Ash hat was hanging out. I didn’t even need to move before it popped up! I was thankful for the silly blessing to help redirect my thoughts towards God’s companionship and positivity versus the unknown scary future.

Then, my MIL returned with several gummy bear packages (they were on sale) she said she figured it was enough to get me through the next few months!

This past week has been about “nesting” really settling into life on the couch. We purchased this pretty cart from Michaels to help me have more things near me (and to keep them organized).

Before MIL left we were able to arrange an outing. Camp Reset‘s movement challenge for the week included a nature photo scavenger hunt. I was dying to show MIL our favorite walk/park downtown.

Since the park was already downtown, I talked hubby into stopping by my very favorite giant pizza slice location. MIL was in shock at how big the slices are! I was thankful to actually eat sitting up, at a table!

Then we trekked to the river walk. I was thankful that hubby approved this one as more “wheel chair” friendly.

We took the “must have” picture at the love sign.

I tested out my arm muscles determined to wheel myself some, and quickly tired out, how do people wheel chair through entire 5ks?!

During this time period a new perspective has been revealed to me regarding those who need mobility devices like wheel chairs. I hadn’t expected to be able to get on the overlook platform and was elated to discover it actually had a wheel chair ramp. (I’d never noticed it before). I locked the wheel chair, and braced myself on the ledge, standing on one leg. I lost myself in the moment: hearing the music from an event, watching the flow of the river, and feeling the breeze on my skin.

After the appointment with the nurse I’d resigned myself to not have a nature trip outing, due to her insistence on elevating higher, more, in order to finally get the swelling of my foot back down. But, I was thankful that hubby had advocated for this knowing how much I’d emotionally need it.

We couldn’t scout down on the actually island, but we rolled the trail at little longer. I snapped a few more pictures, but didn’t stress myself out over finding everything on the scavenger list. I knew the importance was focusing on being present and that the list was to help us to “focus” on the things around us.

Afterward I was able to talk hubby into stopping at an ice cream place I’ve been oogling for like a year! It was nice to finish off my MIL’s time here with a memorable outing.

This isn’t a journey I would have chosen, but I’m determined to learn everything I can from it!

Won a Photo-Shoot!

I actually started the “draft” version of this post back in November, because around that time frame is when everything actually began. I was on facebook, and I saw that a DevinOlsonMedia was offering a promotion for how many facebook friends their facebook page had accrued. So, I “liked” their page, thinking little of it because I never tend to win promotions like that, and later I was contacted that we won! I was sooo excited because I love having photos, and I had been an unrealistic bride not understanding a limited amount of time and how long it actually takes to shoot several photos/locations, etc. This award was very timely, because I really wanted to do an outdoor shoot at a local park with all of the beautiful fall foliage, so I would call this a “2nd Anniversary- We Did” photo shoot.

I had met Devin while on campus, he was dating (and eventually married) a sweet lady I lived on a hall with, so I saw them around on campus. Devin was also well known for the monthly videos that he produced (which I actually had the honor of being a part of my senior year, standing on top of what is now the Tower Theatre).

We were excited and a little nervous for our photoshoot. With getting photos taken, I think there can be nerves wondering if the photographer will really be able to capture the couple, and even just the awkwardness of posing, but not feeling/looking posed. Working with Devin was great! He was really able to set us at ease and quickly understand us as a “goofy” couple. So, he suggested a lot of fun poses where we were just playing (like throwing the leaves at each other) and it felt like we were just having fun, instead of being fake and posing for pictures. As a bonus, Devin was even comfortable with us carrying our firearms, and allowed us to be ourselves in that way. (We were sure some photographers would have felt weird about us carrying, or not wanted us to for a social media promotional award). We really enjoyed the experience, and would recommend his skills/services.

Once the photos were taken (we waited a little while to schedule until the fall colors were at their peak), Devin quickly uploaded copies of the images for us to chose our favorites that he would edit. He said that those would take awhile to edit. However, he completed those much quicker than anticipated, and had provided us with digital copies within the next few days! I linked above, but you can get to his website at

For the photoshoot, we decided to be nice but casual, including the hubster wearing a tshirt, jeans and his favorite giant boots. As much as I adore the epic enchanted fake wedding pictures in bridal magazines, I realized that the best pictures would be real-life representations. Here are some of our favorites, and I know many of you have seen the pictures we’ve been tagged in on our facebook profiles.

My glock 19 with the pink grip, and husband’s  357 magnum
I honestly feel like a wizard in this picture, lol.
Practicing a princess twirl
My Cinderella shoes from the wedding
I love swings!
This is probably my favorite picture. I was so glad that Devin didn’t think I was silly for wanting to incorporate this item from our wedding. I love the look of the clear Cinderella shoes with the diverse bright autumn colors.