|...and the top is down!|
My windbreaker is zipped to the chin, and my gloves are on. Dad's even wearing a sweater! But who cares? The sun is bright, the sky is blue...
She's beautiful, and I can't take my eyes off her.
|It's like meeting a movie star|
and a mentor all in one!
Winter is a DOLPHIN AMPUTEE.
But there's one scene from the movie I'll never forget. It's when the trainers first try on Winter’s prosthesis.
Winter swims around for a moment or two, and you think everything’s just fine. For one magical second, you think that swimming with a prosthetic tail will come naturally to her. That it won't be hard at all. But then Winter starts wriggling from side to side. She slaps the prosthesis against the water. Finally, she all-out THRASHES -- clearly upset -- struggling and banging her tail against the side of the pool. Trying to cast off that foreign machine.
Trainer John sets out rubber mats beneath her in the water. He gently presses against her spine to stretch her muscles. One of the first lessons I learned as an amputee was to lie on my stomach. Without that daily stretch, my hip flexor would become contracted and tight. When I watch Winter swim, I notice her residual tail pulls forward, just like my little leg. I’m not an expert on dolphin anatomy, but I'll bet it's the same deal.
When the measuring's complete, she squeals happily, eats a fish or two, and then shows us her tricks. (Go ahead, take your own 2-minute Winter Break...)
|In Winter's own words...|
|Thelma and Louise --|
Nurse Sharks :)
It reminds me of the care I’ve received over the past 3 years. The doctors, nurses, prosthetists, and therapists who've been dedicated to my recovery. And the friends I've made along the way, who start from scratch and refuse to give up.