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Updated posted by Bonnie Norton 1 day ago
PART ONE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER: I am terribly...
PART ONE NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER:
I am terribly behind in my monthly Newsletters! As I write this Newsletter for November, there are only 2 weeks left until Christmas! November has been another crazy busy month for Bri and me.
I had another interesting experience at the bank last week in my full body suit and facemask. Although the tellers in the bank seem to know me now and are more comfortable with me banking on my own with my facemask, I reckon I may have frightened another customer … I was the only customer when I walked in and was greeted by the teller and we got on with the banking I needed to do. As I was banking the other teller beside us noticed another customer walk in and as he tried to greet her, she must have seen me in all my gear and got frightened – maybe thinking the bank was quietly getting robbed by me? I dunno. She quickly turned and ran back out, as the other teller asked her if she was ok and needed assistance. She kept going and didn’t come back, so if I did scare her. I feel bad about that! I guess I never thought how other customers may react and the impact that I may have on them in all my Second Skin garments. Generally most people out in the street are ok about me, I am just careful not to scare little kids. I do often hear kids ask their parents “embarrassing” questions sometimes when they see me, which I find amusing as I see their parents trying to answer the little ones questions.☺
Bri’s cousin had her parents over here for a few weeks visit this month, so it was a great opportunity for me to meet Bri’s Aunty and Uncle for the first time and for Bri to see them again after many years, as they work in Bolivia. We had a good time catching up and spending some time together.
One weekend we went to Kingscliff for church. It is amazing who you get to meet on the off chance. I meet a relative there at the church, as well as a former pilot and all his family, who I used to work with in PNG with Adventist Aviation Services PNG.
So was nice to catch up with them and see their little family growing up. They just happened to be there that day for a family wedding that weekend, so pure coincidence!
Bri has been battling being crook on and off this month but still manages to find the energy to look after my needs and get my garments on and off everyday! She is a trooper! I am so grateful and in awe of her dedication to my recovery. As we got to the end of the week recently, Bri was hoping she would be better so that she could drive us both to church, as I am not allowed to drive yet with my bent/stuck elbows! But as we woke in the morning, Bri felt worse, so she was in no state to drive. I decided I would find a close church to attend, one that I could catch a bus to or walk to. Bri helped me get ready and off I went on my own, to a church I hadn’t been to before. It was a nice surprise as I walked into church to meet relatives of some friends of ours from Perth! As we chatted, I discovered that our friends were actually over here in Brisbane for the weekend and were at church this particular day! It wasn’t long before they arrived and I met them. They were nice to me and let me sit with them so it was a good time that I experienced at this new church. It was a nice unexpected surprise for me and so good to see some familiar faces again from WA, who I hadn’t seen in over a year!
Bri has had a kind friend, who she only just met at church when we were at Kingscliff a few weeks ago, offer her some paid design work.“Kate” (not her real name) was also at Kingscliff just for the day, as some friends of hers were getting married that weekend.
Bri and Kate met, exchanged numbers, and discovered that they had both worked as Graphic Designer’s, with Kate working in Brisbane at one of the Universities in-house design department. Kate has kindly invited Bri to attend some events and social outings together with her and her friends over the last few weeks. The other day Kate asked Bri if she wanted some paid casual design work, because at her work they are currently busy with a lot of additional design work. Bri and I were a little unsure, as this would be Bri’s first attempt at going back to work since I came home out of hospital, but being casual work and fortunately the university is very accommodating, Bri decided to accept this kind offer of work. She has really enjoyed the work (so far has done around 2 weeks and we are both coping ok). The other members of the design team are all very nice and we are grateful for the opportunity to have some paid casual work. We hope that Bri can continue there if the workload keeps up and justifies Bri’s position.
Updated posted by Bonnie Norton 1 day ago
PART TWO NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER: This paid work...
PART TWO NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER:
This paid work has come at a good time for Bri and me, as we are saving to head back to WA for a few weeks break over Christmas and New Years. On the way we will visit Sydney to attend my cousin’s wedding. This will be a great chance for Bri to meet members of my mother’s family, which she hasn’t yet met. Our return tickets we bought a long time ago while they were very cheap and we were able to use our credit from our previously purchased tickets to the USA for our originally planned wedding in the US, before my accident. But holidays and Christmas always seem to cost a little bit more than first budgeted! So it is nice to have a little extra money if we need it.
This will be my first trip back to WA since January this year, so it will be nice to spend Christmas with family and see friends again that I haven’t seen for a long time. Hopefully they will still recognize me.☺ Inside I am still the same person but realize I do look different wearing this facemask and full Second Skin suit for the time being! Even I look different to myself☺ I am also very much looking forward to meeting people and thanking them in person for all of their kind and unselfish support of Bri and me. Each weekend we will be at a different church, so we are going to be doing a fair bit of traveling and hopefully visit/thank as many good people as possible! You are all so good to us!
We have also been very busy with a film crew that flew out from the US to do some interviewing and capture some footage of me. The Director is making a documentary on Adventist Aviation Services PNG (the organization I was working for), its history, etc, in preparation for its 50th Anniversary July 2014. He decided that my accident and recovery so far are a relevant part of the story. So he and a cameraman flew out from the US, arrived at 10 am Sunday, and we shot footage until 8 pm Tuesday night, before they flew out early Wednesday! It was busy and intense for all of us, but we had fun and a good time working together as productively as possible, so that their trip and time was worthwhile. We enjoyed getting to know each other and did interviews with my various therapists at the hospital, myself, Bri and lots of action footage – shopping, out on the street, housework, catching public transport, etc. Of course all of this had to be arranged and permission sought well ahead of time, as well as on the day we were shooting, so I was busy weeks before all the footage was shot teeing up everything so the time the guys were on location would be as productive as possible. I think we achieved that, except for some files of minor footage getting accidentally wiped off a USB or computer somewhere along the line!
It is often enough of a challenge just fitting in all the “normal” therapies each day that I have to keep up with, so anything additional really adds to the challenge and pressure, but we have survived. It keeps my brain developing back to normal again and keeps me on my toes so I don’t get lazy. I figure I am only going to be like this for a short time, once in my life, so if there is interest in my story and people who are interested in capturing my present experience, then why not.☺
The Record magazine is also about to publish an interesting story on Bri and me, so we have been working together drafting and getting all that finalized. Keep an eye out for that.
So, as I said, November has been CRAZY busy, hence my lateness at getting this newsletter done.
I sincerely thank each of you who have and are supporting Bri and me financially with your prayers and kind words/thoughts. We really appreciate each of you very, very much!
Your support has helped me keep a positive attitude and has spurred me to work hard from day one!
Wishing you and your families all the very best as you prepare for the Christmas season that is upon us!
Linden and Bri
Updated posted by Bonnie Norton 8 days ago
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER FROM LINDEN: Posted in...
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER FROM LINDEN: Posted in three parts due to it's length. Be sure to read all three parts. (:
October has been a busy month for Bri and me, as I am sure it has been for each one of you and your families. As I write this, there are only 4 weeks to Christmas! Halloween, a new holiday we seem to now be eagerly embracing (or being forced to embrace as part of our multicultural Australia) is over now in the shops and of course all the Christmas decorations and silly seasons are now being pushed onto us to keep the retail sector ticking along☺
The weather over here in Queensland, and specifically Brisbane, is sitting steady in the high 20’s/low30’s Celsius, but the humidity and some rain has started to come – along with it some bigger storms with hail! So it is certainly a bit cooler than I was dreading for this time of year, but the humidity is taking some getting used to in my Superman Suit.
After coming home from the gym, Bri reckons I am all “yucky” as she peels off my “Second Skin” garments, before my shower. What this bride is choosing to endure every day is inspiring to me, and I am so grateful that she is my wife!
Although Bri hasn’t yet been able to go back to work, she been using her design skills in several projects - including logos for her Uncle’s Pathfinder Club in the US.The other bigger project that she has accepted in her limited spare time, is designing logos for some T-Shirts and banners for Adventist Aviation Service PNG’s 50th Year Anniversary coming up in July 2014. Additionally, Bri has been asked to assist in the production of an 80 page “picture book” in preparation for AAS’s 50th Anniversary.
This book will be a collector’s piece of Adventist Aviation Services PNG history from 1964-2014 including features on PNG, AAS’s operations, all the aircraft and personnel that have been involved in AAS’s last 50 yrs of history, etc. The work involves selecting from over 8000 pictures, including a hundred odd print pictures from the 60’s-80’s, and fixing them up digitally to a suitable quality to print. The man-hours that are going into this book to have ready by March 2014 are almost uncountable! It will be a great piece of history, so keep an eye out for it when it is available for sale next year! The sale price will be less than $50.00.
Bri is still working on designing and hand-making her own wedding dress in preparation for the “fancy dress” party, as some have called it, perhaps in late 2014. She has also re-upholstered some second-hand furniture that we bought cheap for our little apartment.
Other than that, Bri continues to keep our household going, is my at home Physio, keeping me on track with my rehab, and caring for what I can’t – either physically or due to lack of time because of my very full days.
I have recently been issued my second set of “Second Skin” compression garments that cover me from head to foot. Every 6 moths my OT’s measure me up again and re-order another set. Bri is kept busy mending by hand my expensive (nearly $4000.00 a set!)
“Superman Suit” suits because I sometimes damage or wear them out before I am due for the next issue. Particularly my gloves, as I am always exercising my hands and using them to do as much as I can. If I loose or wreck them within 6 months, I have to pay for them! So we are careful and look after them as best we can.
We have been blessed with being able to sell off on Gumtree this month things that we don’t need, can’t use anymore, or don’t have space for in our little apartment. So that has been good for our finances.
We had a one week visit from one of our very good friends, Paul, from WA the last week of this month. (See previous post by Paul Gersbach about his time with us.) From my point of view, it was great to see my mate again and to be able to spend time out and about, walking around and doing more normal things with him, rather than him visiting me in my hospital room, all busted up and not even able to walk on my own, etc., when he last visited in April.
Other friends of ours from WA were over here for a family wedding, so it was great to catch up and spend some time with them. One of them has actually been on a tough journey over the last 18 months, battling cancer, so we had a good chat about each other’s journey. Even though the experience is unique for each person (and their family) that goes through a traumatic life event, there also are many similarities with other survivor’s journeys. So it was a good time just relating our individual experiences. I was inspired and encouraged by Pete’s positive attitude and the way that family and friends had encouraged and supported him on his battle. Talking with and seeing Pete looking so well gave me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Although my knees are still stiff and don’t bend back past 130 degrees, and my elbows are basically stuck at 90 degrees because of the calcification in the joints, I am still working hard on my cardio and general overall strengthening. I am able to jog 5km on a treadmill in 30mins and my core strength is pretty good. So I figure I can keep working hard on the things that I can and the things I can’t, I just have to be patient until after surgery.
Unfortunately I had to buy a new pair of shoes this month. Over the last 6 months or so, I have completely worn out my shoes with all my exercise and walking everywhere. (We only use our car on weekends when we go to church.) I have been putting it off. I have had my old ones repaired twice and once under warranty, but when they fell apart the 4th time at the hospital and I had to have my OT fix them up for me so I could finish off the day and walk home, I decided the old ones had done their job!
I decided to pull my mountain bike out and pump up the tyres. After pumping up the tyres off the car in the car park, I thought, “What the heck, I am going to see if I can ride a real bike again!” Much to Bri’s surprise I jumped on, and as she looked on in horror and was in the middle of asking, “What are you doing?” I just kinda rode off around in the car park! It was a bit awkward. Try riding a mountain bike with elbows stuck at 90 degrees, Most people, including me, can’t do that for long. But it proved one thing – I CAN balance, pedal, and control a bike again! So once my elbows are operated on, hopefully early next year, I will get back into riding again. It gives me hope that I can maybe try to ride a dirt bike at Christmas time, if I have the opportunity. And certainly that I will be able to ride a motorbike again long-term, if I choose.
My other surprise this month for Bri, was to actually RUN out in the real world on the footpath. Funny enough, having my arms bent and stuck at 90 degrees is quite natural for running, but very AWKWARD for walking and carrying things! The small apartment that we are renting is at the top of a steep hill. Walking back from the hospital one day, I asked Bri, “Wanna race me up the hill?” She said, “Yeah … ok,” not sure what I was on about.
I started jogging slowly, with Bri right beside me, to see how I went. Then I went a bit faster, running a bit quicker up the hill as I went. By the time I got to the top, outside our building, I had actually beaten Bri! I don’t know who was more surprised?!
The only other time I made it that quick up the hill was when both our mums and Bri ran, pushing me up the hill in a wheel chair, back in April! I was scared because I thought, “If the small front wheels dig in on the uneven footpath I am going to go over with the wheelchair or get thrown out!” My other thought was, “If they trip and fall over, I will roll back down this hill on my own, faster than they are pushing me UP!” Life is very terrifying after coming out of hospital and being pushed around in a wheelchair!
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