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Saturday, December 1, 2012

I've been absent from my blog lately, a hiatus caused mostly by school work.
Here's what's new:

I've been walking more and more using the Allard ToeOFF AFO. It's been working great. I was finally able to ramp up the amount of time I spend wearing it so now I can wear it all day (with breaks to give my skin a break).

My leg brace with extra padding in the background.

I love that this brace gives me the ability to raid my closet for shoes. Now that I'm not wearing my bulkier brace I fit into some of my old shoes, some of which I haven't worn since before the accident. 

It's like my feet are going back in time to before the accident.
Wound VAC
For those of you who remember this little bad boy right here, I went through a stint on the Wound VAC. It sucked out all the unwanted buildup in my back in order to help fight the infection I was dealing. It's healed up (finally!) but I still have to be careful.

WoundVAC with complementary awkward man-bag.

Once it's had a few more days to heal I can...
Return to the Water!!!
It's difficult to convey how extremely excited and overjoyed at this I am!

I've been exiled from the water since last year, when I had to wait for my surgery scars to completely heal. Every few weeks I'd get excited that I might get to go back but to no avail. I'm not making this whole post all about that or it won't happen.

School is kicking my butt as we move toward another round of finals. I've got to get through the fall and the spring and I'll have my bachelors in biology. After I graduate I'm going to be looking for a career in bioinformatics. This fascinating field is all about paring microbiology and computer programming. I never expected to love computer programming but I seem to have a real knack for it. I'll soon be looking at grad schools for next fall.

Bioinformatics. Yeah, it's kind of like that.
I've been filling my spare time with painting, an activity I picked up recently. I currently have several underway. Here are a few fun one's that I've done recently:


 Long shadows are long.

Not actually mine. This picture is from my Dr.'s office in Albany this summer. I will have to paint my own version of this at some point.
My take on the Mutts comic strip.

The turtle I painted onto the stopper of my cane.


  1. Funny I have recently seen that mutts painting as a tattoo

  2. We're so glad you're enjoying your ToeOFF! Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything further! We love your paintings!