It’s very difficult to say, “I can’t do that.”
At least it is for me.
It implies that I need help. And I like to picture myself as independent, capable of doing whatever needs to be done, and of course, doing it well!
But for the past three weeks, my level of independence has been sorely diminished.
Actually, my radius (lower arm bone, thumb side) sustained a closed break as a result of my slipping down the mountain I was hiking. Dr. Judy recommended an x-ray on Wednesday and it confirmed that there was, in fact, a break. A good break- no surgery, just immobilization- nevertheless, a break.
The injury happened as I was hiking in my extended neighborhood on Friday, Feb. 10. We were on our way back, about 20 minutes out. I slipped on some loose gravel as we went down the hill and reached out with my left hand for balance. Fortunately, the leader of our group is an integrative physician, and provided me with several homeopathic remedies right on the spot, as well as some power gummies which helped as well. When I got home, I immediately immobilized it and realized that there were several things I simply could not do.
It has been so hard to do these (formerly) simple tasks:
Pushing down on the door handle lever and opening the door
Turning a door handle
Squeezing my tube of toothpaste
Getting my contacts out of my eyes
Tying my walking shoes
Preparing food, cutting up veggies
Undoing the top of a water bottle
Screwing on the cover of my blender bottle…
You get the idea…
ASKING FOR HELP
So I’ve had to learn to ask for help. No one is a mind reader. I have to ask- and then I have to wait. People don’t necessarily jump as soon as I ask for help…’Oh, did you want me to do that now?’
I’ve had to learn what I can do with one hand and what requires two hands…and therefore, the request for help. Fortunately (for both Ed and me!) I am pushing my boundaries every day, so I can do more on my own. I have gotten excited about little things: zipping up my jacket, securely holding an orange so I can cut it in half and juice it.
An ‘attitude of gratitude’ is not a cute expression: it has been a necessity these last three weeks. I believe it has made a major difference in the outcome of the incident. I’ve been able to maintain the regimen of self-care prescribed by my doctor more easily because I know that these activities are definitely helping the healing process.
Accidents happen. My take-aways: Take care of your body because a healthy body heals faster AND live with an attitude of gratitude: gratitude makes the challenge so much easier to navigate!
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