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The Dawn of a New Morning

Posted By Al Martinez On July 2, 2014 @ 12:53 pm In Notebook | No Comments

I took the first step of my new life [1] today. It was only kind of a baby shuffle, but, by God, to me it was the dawn of a new morning. It had freedom written all over it.

Al Martinez [2]I was at last feeling able to dump the walker that had helped me amble around the house and I was ready to walk, really walk, as any reasonably mature Homo sapiens should.

That first step was accomplished just a few mornings ago as sunlight streamed in through the glass wall that brings the outdoors indoors, adding a golden glow to our amber-tinted tile floor. I was leaning on my walker [3], but that view of the world out there tempted me. Like a visitor to Lourdes, I wanted to be whole again.

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So I pushed the walker aside and stepped forward unaided, and took that step. Any physical therapist will tell you it was a crazy thing to do; I should have built up to that moment. I could have fallen and, to put it in the vernacular, broken my ass. Everyone gave me hell. Even the dog growled.

But once having tasted freedom, I would insist on walking again [5] and again, but with caution and retraining involved. Yesterday I went food shopping with my wife. The other night we went out to dinner. My therapist, who comes to the house, asked me to at least carry a cane. I thought about how, well, cute Charlie Chaplin looked with a cane, twirling it into the sunset, and said,  “Sure, why not?”

I have a dozen canes collected from all over the world. I chose the London cane with a sword in it. Touche!

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It has been about four months since I was hospitalized for pneumonia, congestive heart failure, internal bleeding and diabetes, plus the COPD [7] I already had. But I’m upright, I’m walking and I’m loving it.

Well, no, I don’t look anything like Chaplin. For instance, I can’t get the duck walk right. But I’m working on it. Join me on the road, walkers. There’s a new sun arising and it shines on us.

Photo: Adam Weatherall


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[1] new life: http://possibilities.aarp.org/

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[3] my walker: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/29/walking-and-working-with-the-extenders/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[5] walking again: http://states.aarp.org/june-is-great-outdoors-month-its-time-to-start-walking/%20?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

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[7] COPD: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/06/trouble-along-the-way/%20?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[8] Seeing Life from a Rolling Chair: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/14/seeing-life-from-a-rolling-chair-2/%20?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] This Week in Boomer History: Remember the Bicentennial?: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/29/this-week-in-boomer-history-remember-the-bicentennial/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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