Today started out on an upbeat note with a good physical therapy session involving a brisk walk in Bridle Trails State Park. I followed this with a discussion with my counselor, about goals and accomplishments. Then, the afternoon loomed free. and I thought about one of the aforementioned goals, which was reconnecting with people at work.
So it was quickly off to the bus to get to the office. I looked up the schedule online again, and this time entered the correct AM/PM setting, and then walked very quickly down to the stop, catching the bus with about 5 minutes to spare.
An interesting side note of traveling to work by bus. I passed the accident site for the first time. There appears to be an orange-painted outline of something tall about where I would have landed. It’s possible but not certain that this is an outline of me where I landed. I tried snapping a picture with my cell phone on the way back, but clicked too soon. I’ll need to head back and get outside and walk around a little. I don’t know why this is interesting or important, but it’s an impulse I’ll definitely indulge sometime.
I arrived at work after a fifteen or twenty minute trip. Understand that I wasn’t even sure that my badge would work. I vaguely recalled my manager saying something while i was in the hospital about being concerned that I’d lost it, and that he might have flagged the card as lost. So I was happy when I was able to open the side door nearest the bus stop without any issue. I walked to the receptionist and got a new bus pass (which I need now).
Now the fun part. I wandered up to my office and saw that a very kind person next door has been watering my plants. There were some new things waiting for me on my desk, but I didn’t want to take much time to examine them today – I needed to get back on the bus after about 90 minutes.
I wandered the halls for a little while and really enjoyed talked with a number of folks, including several from my team. It was heartening to hear people’s surprise at how well I’ve recovered, and I shared with them my feeling of how fortunate I am. I tried to convey how much I appreciate the positive support I’d gotten from the folks at work, including thanking some of those who had come to sit with me in the hospital.
I felt amazed at how warmly received I was. My intent was simply to go in to reconnect a bit, and that was very easy to initiate with everyone I saw. With a couple of folks I actually talked a bit of work, which was also fun. I can’t tell you how much I miss my "everyday" feeling of life, so touching a bit of that is great!
Predictably, I ran out of time all too quickly. I’ll definitely have to make a trip back in sometime soon to see more folks. But I coasted through the rest of the afternoon and evening on the positive vibe I drew from visiting the fine folks at work.