Chuck is my older brother by two years. As I've been thinking about our relationship over the past couple of weeks I've thought about a pair of bicyclists (No pun here, don't worry) who go on a long bike ride thru a mountain pass. Because the road is narrow one of the cyclist rides in front, the other in back. At the end of the ride the cyclist in back rejoices in the excitement of the ride, the beauty of the hills, and great weather they enjoyed. The cyclist in front however finds it difficult to relate to his friend, as his experience in the ride was the effort of creating a draft for the second, the attention he gave to the road for hazards, and the bugs in his mouth. That's how Chuck and I are. Chuck was in front and paved the way for me to have a wonderful childhood, while he took all the lumps for me. Our memories of the same events are different because we experienced them differently. I sure do love him for creating a "draft" for me to follow in.
In other news I'm continuing to recover. I have some pretty good nerve pain in my shoulders and arm, and think it may be a while for that to clear itself up, if it does. I think my neck is healing, but will get an x-ray on Sept. 8 with a visit to the Dr. so I'll know better. I'm not tired of the neck brace yet, I'm still grateful to be walking. I wear the neck brace all the time, including sleeping and showering. The only time it comes off is after I shower, when Heather changes the wet pads out. She does this while I'm lying down and my neck is secure. I think this is how Darth Vader felt in his little bubble thing when he got to take his mask off and talk to the evil emperor (no other similarities, other than taking off something you have to wear all the time).
This was taken over a week ago, Heather has removed the upper steri strips (very painful as they were attached to my beard!).
When I was done with surgery in the hospital the surgeon thought I would make a full recover, which would take 1 year. I'm sticking by that diagnosis until I get more information. I wear the neck brace for 3 months from my surgery. I will be excited to get feeling better soon! Today when I told the Dr. I was feeling burning in my shoulders he thought that was a good sign, apparently a burning sensation is a sign of nerve growth.