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Rehab, Day 32, March 7, 2017

My 93-year-old grandmother returned to work a mere 32 days after having knee surgery to repair a broken patella. Here she is climbing the stairs at the office, clearly eager and empowered to get back to her normal routine.   

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Amsterdam (Hasselblad 503, Kodak Tri-X 400) by alejandro lifschitz

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I was lucky enough to help my friend Nick Roney with his music video for The Lemon Twigs earlier this year. These are some photos I took while we shot the video in the cold of winter Utah. The Lemon Twigs are an awesome band and I think the video turned out great. You can check it out below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGzm2fF2Uo

On Feb. 4, 2017, my 93-year-old grandmother began rehab, following knee surgery to repair a broken patella. This afternoon, Feb. 27 (Day 24 of rehab), she received orders from her orthopedic surgeon that she should pack up and move back home. Hereafter, she’ll do out-patient PT and OT a couple of times a week; the only time she needs to wear her knee brace, now, is when she’s putting full weight on her leg. Despite her age and recent injury, she can return to living a fully independent life, including serving as editor of our family business, a Jewish community newspaper. 

Needless to say, she is thrilled to be going home. Discharge from the rehab facility where she’s been holed up for the past nearly four weeks is expected to happen this Wednesday, hopefully.

My grandmother has humored me throughout her recovery process by allowing me to document (via 120mm film) her steps, literally, each day. I suppose this means that this project is going to wind down sooner than later.

With the demands of work, teaching and trying to buy a house at the same time–we’re aiming to close on the property at the end of March–I’ve fallen a bit behind on the film processing (14.5 rolls to be precise), scanning and posting on this blog. I plan to get caught up soon and obviously will share the results and the happy ending to this story. There will be a book when the project is complete.

More than anything else, this experience has given me some much-needed time with my grandmother. Without a doubt, she is one of the strongest, most resilient and most inspiring people I know.

Once again, thank you to all my tumblr friends for your kind and uplifting words of support throughout this journey.

~Michael