Ten Degrees of Reckoning: The True Story of a Family's Love and the Will to Survive by Hester Rumberg

Ten Degrees of Reckoning: The True Story of a Family's Love and the Will to Survive by Hester Rumberg

Author:Hester Rumberg [Rumberg, Hester]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: General, Transportation, Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Travel, Ships & Shipbuilding, Essays & Travelogues, Sports & Recreation, Australia & Oceania, Sailing
ISBN: 9780399155352
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2009-02-24T06:00:00+00:00

Dear Friends and Family,

I want to thank everyone for all their love and prayers. It’s very comforting to be surrounded by my friends and family, even though we’ re miles apart.

I was discharged from the hospital on December 22, 1995, after 3½ weeks. I went from totally immobile to a walker and then walking with the aid of crutches. As I was walking “laps” down the hospital corridor, I overheard a nurse say, “There goes Judith, taking her crutches for a walk,” so I put them down and realized I really didn’ t need them anymore. It felt good to be walking without any of this hospital equipment, as there were moments when I wondered if and when that would ever happen.

I’m now living north of Whangarei, in Tutukaka, in a cottage overlooking the rugged coast. It’s beautiful, safe, comfortable and very relaxing. I love it here. I’ve been doing a lot of walking up and down hills, and can do about three miles a day. It feels great to exercise and get my strength back. I have to wear a corset brace for a total of three months because of the healing of the two crushed vertebrae. I’ve also started swimming laps at the Whangarei indoor pool. I wear a float around my waist to keep me from bending or twisting my back. I’m only at two laps, but can see that this is a great way to exercise those muscles that walking doesn’ t affect.

When my sister and niece visited, we went to Auckland for additional medical appointments. A second opinion on my back was very positive. A neurologist checked me out, and I had an MRI. I passed all the tests with flying colors except for the visual recognition part. The neurologist opened an International Time Magazine and asked me to identify three photos. I did not know who they were. They now will allow me to stay in this country because I couldn’t recognize Bill Clinton , O. J. Simpson , and Princess Di.

For me, getting my physical strength back and my bones mended is my first priority. New Zealand is perfect for that. The medical care here is excellent, and I’m being looked after daily by a team consisting of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, and hydrotherapists.

Some days are good, some days are hard, and I know I have a long bumpy road ahead of me. Your thoughts and prayers make this horrible tragedy easier to bear. Thank you again.

Love, Judy


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