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Tara Llanes Update Part Deux
Wed Jan 16, 2008
Source: http://www.myspace.com/mtbtara

January 7th 2008

I FREAKIN' WALKED TODAY!!!!!!!! How bout' them apples! I couldn't believe it! I mean I could, but I couldn't ya know. Okay, I guess I should have prefaced the whole walking thing with I didn't just get up out of my chair and I walked across the room like some kind of miracle, BUT my threapist did put braces on both my legs and got me up between these sort of parallel bars and I walked all the way to the end three times! I had no idea that was what she had planned for the day so when I showed up I was so excited. When I was walking and moving my legs using mostly my hips I was sort of crying and laughing all at the same time. I didn't know what to do! I don't think Kathy my therapist had any idea how emotional that was for me.

Oh and before I forget my mom took a video of me walking and it's on her digital cam so hopefully I'll get it downloaded by tomorrow and can put it up on my myspace.

So I guess you could say that I started out on the right foot. Okay, that sounded dumb I know. So besides all that walking business I spoke with Jeep today and had a great conversation with my contact over there about the new vehicle they are giving me. Jeep has been amazing through this whole thing as has everyone at Eclipse and I can't thank them enough. So when I get my new Jeep I'll have to post some pic's. They said that they would make any changes needed so we talked about putting some different handles inside of it so that it's even easier for me to transfer into it. It seems alot easier for me if there are handles on the top of the doorway and also in that part frame of the car between the front windshield and the door. I hope that made sense to you because it did in my head.

I have been pretty much floored today and I just got home and am pretty tired. Tomorrow is another day of doctors visits, phone calls, and emails. For all of you that have either sent in donations for t-shirts or asked a question about the t-shirts I promise I am getting to them as fast as I can. At this point it's just my mom and I filling the orders until the weekends when I can recruit some friends. :)

Okay, I'm off to bed but I'll definitely try to get that video up in the next couple of days.

Never Give Up!

January 15th 2008

Ups and Downs

Sorry it's been like a week since I've written anything. I was on a such a high the last time I wrote and couldn't have been happier about being able to walk with the braces on. However the very next day I had some tests done and one of them was an ultrasound. Turns out I had another blood clot. I was soo bummed out I can't even tell you. Not only did that mean that I couldn't do any physical therapy for a couple weeks, but it also meant that I was had to have Lovanox shots in my stomach twice a day, and also an in home nurse would come and draw blood every other day so they could monitor me. And I freakin' HATE needles!
Blood clots can be very serious so no matter how bad I wanted to lift weights or go on an endurance run I didn't because I didn't want to be stupid about it. Instead I've just tried to get caught up on emails, etc. I did my best to turn it into a positive.
It's been a week now and I just went back into see my Dr. yesterday and he had some good news. My blood levels were where they needed to be, but they still need to draw blood tomorrow and Friday and then he needs to get the results before I can start physio again next week. So crossed fingers everything looks okay.
In other random news I was asked by a friend and one of the coaches of the USC Women's Basketball team to come and speak to their team on Friday so that should be fun. I told them I'd only do it for a pair of sweet b-ball shorts since I collect them. That's a little known fact about me. I collect b-ball shorts from all different states and teams. Every time we would have a race in a different state and if we drove from race to race I would try to find one of the bigger colleges around and try to stop and buy some.
I also want to say thank you to Giant for getting the next batch of t-shirts ordered. I will hopefully have them within 3 weeks. I apologize for it taking so long, but we're getting there. So if anyone has an order that has not been filled it should be shortly. :)
Okay, well it's almost midnight and I've hit the delete button way too much to still be up so I'll write more later.
Cheers!
tara
Never Give Up!

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