From Sean. 23 July, 2010.
It’s Friday night, about 9pm. I’m here in the room with Steve, and while he’s snoring away I thought I’d string together a few iPhone/Flip video clips from our time at the zoo on Wednesday.
Part of the rehab process here at Harborview is what they call “recreational therapy”, which is all about integrating back into the community; learning how to be in public in a wheelchair; and in Steve’s case, beginning to experience life outside the hospital with his family. When Steve first learned about going to the zoo, he began planning ways to create a special time for his boys. You can imagine the enormous life disruption this has been (and continues to be) for the entire Ruetschle family… all the more inspiring to see both Steve and Michelle shepherding their boys through this with a bit of whimsy and joy on a sunny afternoon in Seattle.