Today is the five-week anniversary of my husband’s cycling accident. He’s come a long way from being able to walk only a few steps at a time to walking a couple of miles with me. Last week we set a goal for him to be able to walk six miles by the end of the month. We had a stellar start–he even got back on his bike this week (on a trainer)–but we didn’t meet this week’s mileage goal.
The goal was motivated by a summer trip we booked just days before the accident. With plans to retrace our steps in France last year, we planned to do a lot of walking again this year. I’m beginning to think we might have been too aggressive in setting our numbers but my husband was so much more active before this accident that we thought it would be very easy.
What may be contributing to the slower progress is the fact that he’s taken himself off the pain medication. Not a fan of taking any kind of prescription meds at all, he only ever took half pills and now he’s decided to stop taking them altogether. I haven’t decided yet if this was a good decision or not. The pill makes him feel a little loopy and as he’s said to me a few times, he’s tired of “being broken”. The tradeoff is that without the pain pills he feels every little complaint from his body. I think it’s slowing him down but it’s hard to say which is the better road to take.
We’re taking baby steps. He’s still determined to go on our trip and once my husband puts his mind on something, he gets it done. I’m counting on this–not for the promise of a summer vacation but for my husband to have the motivation to get back to 100% as soon as possible!
And despite not meeting our goals–we have three more weeks after all–there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. Overall, he is healing. The doctor told us that his recovery would take eight weeks. We are on Week 5 so by normal standards we’re still on target. My Superman husband just thinks he should heal twice as fast as a mere mortal.
I made these popsicles as a treat for him after reaching an early milestone in his recovery (well, I may have made them more for myself than for him). A small batch of sangria using Sauvignon Blanc and loaded with fresh peaches, kiwi and raspberries was just what the doctor ordered…this doctor anyway. My husband and I loved these popsicles. Who wouldn’t enjoy a boozy treat on a warm summer afternoon? I had one and my husband had the rest. It’s a good thing these sangria pops are a cinch to make–we’re loving these grown-up treats!
- 1½ cups white wine
- 1½ cups sparkling lemon beverage (I used Limonata)
- ⅛ cup rum
- 1½ tablespoons sugar
- 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced
- 1 peach, peeled and chopped
- Handful raspberries
- Combine all the ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to popsicle molds and freeze.
- Cook time is freezer time.