As the mornings grown, it has progressively gotten bigger! And better as a matter of fact! So how could I not be happy? My caretaker, which I thought was going to be a nightmare to find was a breeze, got here early again (as Lauren "yells., "I have no homework! in the background) Funny!, my life that is! and got a nice HOT shower!!!Then up into the chair and working ever since. I thought life after this type of life changing injury ws easy! If that was a fact, we've changed the world JMP! And we'll all live much different liestyles!!! Hollywood; Pary of 10 + please!! Haha, thats a lot of shirts!!
I've stuydied some old riding foot, The Acrchive, and tried to pin point a subject, but couldn't find a specific topic that relly caught my interest, so I thought I would just bring "Between the Wheels" to your entertainment! So far today, I have woke up at 9 and took a Nice, Steaming shower and brushed my teeth, rolled over to the hat rack and grabbed the best Monster ENERGY Stros impression. What a day! Had some guests' over. This doesn't happen every day! So it's nice.
And as some of you know, I was struggling to find home care but that is officially over. Thankfully i was able to find great help on my first try! Truely God Sent.
An old riding buddies Mom led hert to an ad on Facebook! Social networking is a wave of our generation! Now I think, "whats next?
We'll let time answer it. It's nap time, I'm out!! see you at the races!
Many things have been upside down and a lot of things have been beyond spot on. I felt horrible over the weekend then flipped the script on Monday...Well Tuesday actually! I was supposed to get up and do some moving around and just felt horrible. I got up Sunday, still feeling horrible, headed towards Conroe to 3 Palms but just could not catch a break. The freeway was closed. C'mon.. Leaving my trainee with no trainer on hand. I felt bad and still feel bad.
But we were able to go over a few things and figured out his weaknesses and strengths, but we are ironing things out.
Yesterday, we loaded up and went to prep for www.miles4miraclestoday.com as the ride nears Houston as I'm writing right this moment. Things Are going good with that preperation. Michael Keating has been helping me Tremendously. We have worked on all aspects; flexibility, strength, power, endurance and of course nutrition. But my one big downfall is the weather, whiuch includes any quads (cervical spinal injuries). If the weather is headed iun with say..a cold front; it kicks my tail. But the impact that we're going to make is going to be all worth it. Bottom line_
People & things may change, but the heart stays the same.
I had an idea and I will call it: Between the wheels
Some may wonder what life is like for me now. And I wonder how each one of you think of me now. But since I can only answer 50% of this topic, let’s see how my side’s grass grows.
I wake up at anywhere between 7:00 to 9:30 A.M. I don’t sleep very well anymore since I can’t lie on my stomach. First thing is Cathing (a catheter to empty my bladder). Then onto either getting dressed or doing bowels, shower, shave, teeth, etc. Dressing usually takes around 10-15 minutes; as opposed to bowel day, we are talking 2 – 3 hrs (3 hrs is a long time & doesn’t occur all the time) to be done and in my chair but then teeth, hair and the whole works. Be at my desk, which is conveniently next to my bed, between 8:30 and 10:00 A.M. Then I find the ride tip from yesterday and upload outlaw452.com’s training session and begin my internet marketing. Work on the JMP (jamesmarshallproject.com) and think of certain directions we’re trying to guide the company. There’s a lot of work that goes into it. I have to make sure the Home Health Services got the time sheet and everything was filled out correctly. I do this on the first and the fifteenth each month. It can be an absolute “Nightmare” at times. I am actually interviewing new people for the position at the moment, so that’s another list of problems itself. You have a lot to think of when it comes to caring for someone, i.e., can I trust them handling my money? Can I trust them with my life? Because I’m stupid if I can’t. We also added an addition to the family, so theres another plate on the table and one more to care of one more to the household head count. So since I sit at the laptop all day, I get phone calls to google phone numbers, addresses, etc. Not like it bothers me though, it only takes a second and it makes me feel decently important. So I play a secretary roll sometimes as well. I take a small lunch, whether, I eat or not. I’ll watch a race and study them, read, or get out of the house on occasion; Either just relaxing on the back porch soaking up some sun (like today) or getting out, hitting the streets. After lunch I check my list of people to contact for whatever reason. If they haven’t answered my calls or E-mails then try contacting them once more. The calls can be for JMP, Outlaw452 or things that are required on a daily basis. Sometimes, if things are going slow I’ll throw in some art work. Check Analytics from the sites and try to wrap up my day by typing up riding tips. So this is a short summary of my life as it is today. Let’s compare this to before 2.11.06.
I would get up on average around 7 – 8 A.M. depending on the time of the year, it varied. I have always eaten egg whites for breakfast with Oatmeal or fruit w/some orange juice. Then start my day with either cardio or go riding. I usually did my exercises first so I’d contact the trainer to get the daily agenda. But training off the bike was always fun and challenging so I really enjoyed it. I knew there were only so many cool hours in the day and not many, so I would service the bike and double check certain things for practice that day. Get gear ready and load everything. I usually took the boxvan because it had spare parts and tools always on board; just a little easier. Though I only raced, a LOT went into the business side as well. So I would check E-mails, order things such as certain parts we were low on or more gear, etc and keep my sponsors updated on a daily/weekly basis. Get some last minute gadgets like water and head off to the track. Getting to any track was usually an hour in travel time so I made a lot of phone calls. Mostly calls to sponsors or potential sponsors, but a few personal calls here and there. Practicing would usually run between 2 and 4 hours. There are so many aspects of the track to be perfected so I would try to break them all down. I burnt a LOT of gas. Once I finished here, I headed back to the house. Though I was exhausted from the day’s festivities thus far, I had to prep for the next day. Once I got back, wash the bike; record everything that went into the day all the way down to what foods I ate. Talk to my trainer then try to find “James time,” wake up and do it all again.
Both are cut to an average but very tough lifestyles, but I guess that’s how I got stuck with Outlaw. Thank you for reading.
Things get crazier by the day, maybe by the minute...I'm not sure why either.
I have 10 days to find a caretaker. Stress is getting crucial...and I'm getting nervous. Things seem to keep piling up. But time will unfold itself like anything else. It's just extra tension that I'm not sure what to do with. But if I follow my New Years Resolution I will prevail. That's it though, too many bad thoughts, gonna go find something fun to do!! Holla!
Man, how crazy life can get turned around! One minute you're training for your next race and blink your eyes and you've been in a wheel chair for five years. At least thats how things have been for me...5 years, really? But life is never given to you, in my eyes; It's earned.
Fortunately as a child, I was always forced to earned everything. I begged and pleaded for a Z50 but they wouldn't buy me one unless I could earn half the money. I mowed lawns all summer at around 10 years old and earned $850. It was long days...pushing the mower everywhere I went to scrape 20 or 35 here or there, but I did it, I earned it.
But unfortunately, we don't get signing bonuses when we're born. Or choose a lifestyle, country, etc. We are delt one hand and you play it strong until your cards are out. Do I blame motocross for this? No way! I love it too much. I believe it was just meant to be. It was in someone elses hands, Someone much smarter, more articulate, artistic than me. And I realize it daily now more than ever. But there is no time machine...only if I knew then to what I know now, only if, only if, only if... If it were all that easy, we'd all do it! but in reality, it's not. You have to carry unwaivering faith. Without faith, what do we honestlt have? Not much. Materialistic items, of course. But I've never seen a hurst with a luggage rack.
I still have a card or two left, a few mentors to guide me through them, so I'll be standing tall at the finish after I leave my Hand Print for my time spent here.