Last week we decided, for a variety of reasons, to put Robby's swim lessons on a permanent hiatus. I called his swim school to withdraw him only to be informed that I was paid through the month of November. Since I hate to pay for services that aren't used and refunding our money was not an option, Robby will continue with his classes through November. For the next few weeks we will have a busy family schedule as we chauffeur Robby between swim and ice skating!
Robby began skating
lessons on Monday, and he was thrilled to be back on the ice. I could
see his ear-to-ear grin from across the rink! I stood at the side of the
ice, freezing my bum off, watching him slide (and fall) for an hour. He
never complained, and the smile never left his face. When my little
sweaty, red cheeked boy climbed off the ice, he gave me a hug and told
me that he had a great time and can't wait to come again.
skating once a week, but Robby is already begging to go back to the
rink. He was provided with a pass for all open skate sessions and is
eager to practice his "snowplow stops." Unfortunately he needs to have
an adult skate with him. Neither Scott nor I can skate.
not being able to do things with Robby because of my amputation. I
realize that some amputees are able to skate and ski without an issue.
That being said, the thought of strapping a thin blade of sharp metal on
the bottom of my prosthetic and trying to maneuver a smooth sheet of
ice terrifies me!
I don't want my own anxieties to stop me from
trying new things, and I certainly don't want my fears to impact Robby.
However, so much of remaining upright on skates depends upon ankle
strategies. Lacking an ankle and prior skating experience, I am doubtful
that I would emerge from the rink without at least one broken bone.
feeling comfortable with an activity because of my prosthetic is
extraordinarily rare. I have always been able to accommodate any
activity with my prosthetic. I am not one to give up, so (with the help
of my mom) I've devised a creative solution. After some research and a
few brainstorming sessions with Mr. Bill, we are going to convert the
pool platform into an ice skating rink. Mr. Bill is going to build a rim
around the platform, and I will lay thick plastic sheeting. After
everything is smooth and the platform is flooded, all we will need is a
strong freeze. Voila, we will have our own ice rink for Robby to
practice his skills.
Not only will he be able to skate, but also
I'll be able to help him with his skills. Where it is frowned upon to
wear traction shoes at the ice rink, I can do whatever I want at home! I
can wear my ice grippers for stability, climb onto the ice and lend him
a hand whenever he needs it.
I have figured out a way to engage
with Robby in a beloved new activity while remaining safe! As an added
bonus, we'll finally be purposing the gigantic platform that has sat
idle in the middle of our backyard.since the pool debacle. All we need
is a hard freeze and we'll be skating!