The most important thing is to try and enjoy life because you never know when it will be gone. If you wake up in the morning and have a choice between doing the laundry and taking a walk in the park, go for the walk. You’d hate to die and realize you had spent your last day doing the laundry.
No further comment needed.
It’s one of those pictures that speak a million words.
It was a test run. Getting Pádraig and the wheelchair into the car, driving it up to the park, going out for a walk. With Pádraig standing up. Sounds straight forward. But it ain’t. Until you’ve done it. Next time Pádraig will not be the only person the An Saol therapists will take out for a walk. Now that they know how it can be done it’ll be a group excursion.
I wasn’t sure whether I was going to say this, but: I felt left behind. I didn’t take that picture and I wasn’t even in the park. I sat upstairs in the office, checking bills, accounts, and reports. I wasn’t needed. Didn’t feel that good for me. But it felt brilliant for Pádraig to have experienced just a little more independence.
How do I know?
Because he said so when he came back.
-… (B) .-. (R) .. (I) .-.. (L)
In morse code.
What more would you be asking for?
Well, I asked for a walk down 40 years of memory in 16th century renaissance live surroundings.
This weekend it happened. It was like a dream, but it was real.
It was pure bliss and happiness.
It looks like you actually made it to beautiful Salamanca again after so many years. Wonderful. Love the photo of you and Pat.
Norma Sexton said:
Pádraig , thrilled that new experiences continue for you and all the family… Took Reinhards advice and instead of a lie down after hotel breakie this am, we took a walk in the woods by the sea in Cork..What a reminder to all of us to live life to the full and use opportunities presented to us. Norma
Padraig and the morse code. Fascinating. Reinhard, Padraig, you are relentless in your efforts to help us understand what is within a person who has sustained such a critical traumatic brain injury. You give Hope. An tSaol too. The picture and the supporters tell that story of Hope.
Maybe I can recommend a book, you might be interest in. It is written by Veronica O’Keane, Psychiatrist (Neuroscience), Trinity College. The Rag and Bone Shop. I have it placed on my desk because it explained a lot that I did not understand about the brain.
Thank you for sharing the photos. I hope you had a well deserved and happy time.