First Time Chesapeake Bay Swim Competitors Cross the Bay

My husband Peter Crilly and swim buddy Jonathan Kagan, swimmers with the masters swimmer’s group at the U.S. Naval Academy, both swam the Chesapeake Bay Swim for the first time and they both made it across! ¬†They’ve been training hard for the past month. Congratulations to a job well done. The longest open water swimContinue reading “First Time Chesapeake Bay Swim Competitors Cross the Bay”

National Arboretum Family Excursion

FInally some lovely weather for enjoying Nature. Yes, by all means make a visit to the National Arboretum. Below are the original pillars from the Capital which stood during the time of Abraham Lincoln. If you live in Annapolis like me and you don’t have the time to visit Washington D.c, there are many beautifulContinue reading “National Arboretum Family Excursion”

Blue Skies Today in Annapolis

Another beautiful unseasonably warm day in Annapolis and a Sunday morning means plenty of time for a long walk. First to pick up a cup of coffee and then down to the end of the dock to gaze at the water and look across to Eastport and the U.S.Naval Academy. Fortunately, this morning I rememberedContinue reading “Blue Skies Today in Annapolis”

SERC in Edgwater: a Hidden Gem

Wednesday my daughter Alex and I combined a nature hike with a visit to my son Chris, who is now doing post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). Who knew that one of the leading environmental research centers in the world is located right here in Edgewater Maryland. Two thousand six hundred andContinue reading “SERC in Edgwater: a Hidden Gem”

Midnight Madness Celebrates Annapolis

I love this town, Annapolis that is. Midnight Madness is just another good example of how great it is to live downtown. No worries about parking and a chance to do local errands and shopping all within a 3 mile radius. Last night’s Midnight Madness was everything it should be. Carolers on every street corner.Continue reading “Midnight Madness Celebrates Annapolis”

Physical Therapy Can Be Painful

This morning was my first Physical Therapy session since the accident. I can’t do anything with my back, this month, so the focus is on my neck. I already know the drill, having been through PT after surgery on my broken left wrist two years ago. Heat first to loosen up and relax the muscles,Continue reading “Physical Therapy Can Be Painful”

A Lesson of Determination from My Father

My father, the artist Herman Maril, dislocated his ankle– not only breaking bones, but tearing muscles, tendons, and ligaments when I was a child. It was a traumatic event, requiring the arrival of the Lower Cape Rescue Squad and ambulance, which took him Up Cape to Hyannis and Cape Cod Hospital in the dark ofContinue reading “A Lesson of Determination from My Father”

The Patient Turtle

Today I feel like a turtle. I have this thick shell around my middle that seems heavier and increasingly awkward when I attempt to sit in a chair or roll over in bed. It’s a funny thing that now without the cervical collar, officially called a Miami J collar, which prevented me from turning orContinue reading “The Patient Turtle”

Let’s Have a Neck Brace Burning Party!

The cervical collar is toast. I hope. But the doctor says to keep it for now, in case my neck starts hurting. But for now I got to remove the accursed thing which rose up in the back to midway up my skull– a real challenge for my hair style. (Part of my hair inContinue reading “Let’s Have a Neck Brace Burning Party!”

Good News

Yesterday afternoon I learned that instead of having three avulsion fractures in my spine, I only have two! The one the hospital had initially diagnosed in the cervical area, is just a calcification not a fracture! So now I no longer have to tell anyone I broke my neck.The big goal I’m aiming for isContinue reading “Good News”

Who Needs a Shower?

One of the highlights of my day, yesterday was getting my hair washed by stylist friend Anna at Regis in Annapolis. I can’t take a shower or a bath… only sponge baths. Just think how much water I’m so not wasting these days. Instead of having the pleasure of warm water beating down on myContinue reading “Who Needs a Shower?”

Nadja Walks to City Dock!

Today I reached another milestone, or maybe the correct description would be walked to another milestone. I walked, with my husband Peter of course, all the way downtown to City Dock Cafe for morning coffee. We left the house about 6:30 a.m. There weren’t too many people out. I noticed on our return that theContinue reading “Nadja Walks to City Dock!”

Navigating with Props

It was another tough night last night, trying to stay asleep for any period of time beyond an hour. I was diligent to take my Alleve an hour before attempting to go to bed, so theoretically I shouldn’t have been feeling so much pain but maybe part of the challenge of “living in a clamContinue reading “Navigating with Props”

Living in a Clamshell

Although I can hide it under my clothing, I am currently confined 24/7 to what is called a Total Contact Orthosis Jacket (TCO) which is specially designed to protect my spine while my broken vertebrae heal. In earlier times, accident victims were confined inside body casts, but with new modern materials, I get to wearContinue reading “Living in a Clamshell”

Overwhelmed with Positive Support

Thank you thank you everyone for your positive prayers and wishes for my speedy recovery. And thank you for all the beautiful flowers– I’m beginning to run out of display space. To my friends near and far, I don’t have a lot of news to report except that I am still taking short early morningContinue reading “Overwhelmed with Positive Support”