Watering my garden with the use of one leg is a snapshot of who I am as a person. I take risks and I am tenacious. It all started when I kept having dreams about riding a motorcycle, but I was always worried a cop would pull me over because I didn’t have the right kind of license. So one day, I woke up and decided that the dreams meant I should get a motorcycle license. We used to ride mini bikes, go carts, small motorcycles and such on our property in Sonoma. It was an absolute blast! So out of the blue, I decided to get my license.Okay. So stop right there. I know what you are thinking. “Oh no, Nancy, don’t do it! Don’t tell me you did it! What were you thinking? Riding motorcycles is dangerous!” And then there are those who have told me, “Cool! You rock Nancy!” “I could totally see you doing that!” Or then there were the ones who still believe women shouldn't do anything like that. You know, from caveman days? They would look at me funny, with a subtle smirk and say, "Ohhhh!" You see, I really I don’t care what people say. If I really want something, I will find a way. And that’s just what I did. So many things had been piling up that I needed something I could do that was really fun. Something for me. But all it took was a second and everything changed.
So back to the story. My husband really didn’t want me to do it. He would often say that statistics showed that most of the motorcycle accidents happen to people in their fifties or older, they have more money to spend, and they don’t have the experience on a big bike that they need. But I didn’t think it would ever happen to me. I was going to be careful. I took the motorcycle training class approved by the DMV, passed and got my license. But I didn’t have much experience on a large bike. I was going to do that when I got it. I had a friend suggest that I could get the bike and learn to ride around the neighborhood.
So I saved up my money and one day I decided I had enough and went looking. Lo and behold, I found a beautiful black 2007 Harley Davidson Custom 883. Just over 3000 miles. The guy who sold it to me agreed to let his girlfriend drive it home for me because I didn’t feel comfortable driving it on the freeway.
|This photo shows the first splint they put on my foot when I went to ER, the day I dropped the bike on my foot. Poor little Zoe needs a vacation from providing dog therapy. Notice the blue hue of Law and Order reruns in the distance.|
|Notice how I am in my chair again with my first cast after surgery on July 21, 2014. If my Zoe could talk, I wonder what she would say?|
Now notice this cast. Isn't it beautiful? A friend of mine from church liked the color so
much that she bought a new car in this color. This one will stay on for six weeks.
|And all I get to do now is look. My brother Ed gets to have all the fun. He comes over every week or two to start it up for me so it will stay charged. And then I get to listen to it. It is such a beautiful bike.|
So here I am, a month after the accident. I had decided that I needed to get out of my chair and go outside. (Anything I do now takes a very long time to do, and I am very tired and out of breath from lifting my body with my arms and one leg.) And, I watered part of my garden for the very first time. It was beautiful outside and it felt good to work hard. This is where I have had some of my best therapy sessions, talking to myself, the garden, and the dog. The neighbors probably think I am crazy. Before the accident, I was going to keep my garden small, but I ended up with another big vegetable garden, which consists of a variety of heirloom purple tomatoes, hot peppers, red bell peppers, mint, basil, lemon cucumbers, green cucumbers, strawberries, and cherry tomatoes. I have just begun to enjoy a summer garden salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, sesame oil, and balsamic. So delicious! And don’t worry, I have a walker and chairs I was using while I was out there. I think tomorrow will be a good day to get out there again!
I will keep you posted on my progress, with more details of my current journey. By the way, I did get to ride Seabiscuit before I bought her. I am not sure now what I will do when I can walk again, but for now I get to sit here and write to you.
God bless you all!
God bless you all!