Today’s post combines two days of gratitude posts (81 and 82).
Tonight, as I reflect back on the past two days (3/21, 3/22) I find that I am grateful for medical aids. As I recover the use of my body following my tragic automotive accident on March 11, 2018, I am having to rely on devices I would have never (and have never) used before. My torso is caged in polystyrene, fiberglass(I think) plating that is held together with Velcro straps and copper rivets. It keeps my spine and torso straight so my ligaments, tendons, and vertebrae can heal. When I walk, I use a walker to help me maintain balance, I use a claw on the end of a long pole to reach items that I can’t reach, but I once was able to (and I will be able to again one day) and I’m grateful for a special tool that allows me to reach and clean areas I can’t reach (but will be able to again one day) and for devices that help me get in and out of the shower, an on and off the commode. The self-care things we do every day are so wonderful to do….until you can’t…. and then, you can. For this, I am grateful.
I’m grateful for song and solitude and serenity. For a little while last night, I had no roommate in my hospital room. I was feeling musical so I sang out. It was so freeing to sing out with no worries about disturbing my neighbor. Through the process, I noticed that the hospital halls… normally quite noisy and hectic, became still and quiet. No one yelling, no TVs, no conversations…. just quiet. After I stopped, the normal chaos resumed. I received a few notices of appreciation… there has not been anything like that happening in many of the staff’s memories, and other patients were grateful for the sound and the break from the normal. So, I am also grateful that I could bring some peace and beauty to the staff and patients that were around me.
I’m grateful that my stay in the hospital was extended an extra day. I needed more time to heal before I felt I was ready to be released. I was right.
I’m grateful for the buckets and barrels and tankers of rain that collapsed from the sky in great torrents and gushers.
I’m extra grateful for the sun in its radiance and brilliance and warmth just in time for me to leave the hospital and come home.
I’m grateful for those who assisted me with transportation, around the hospital, inside the hospital, outside the hospital and then… Home.
I am grateful for a temporary home where I can stay for a few days until I can really go home.
I am grateful for the kindness and hospitality of people around me, my family of friends.
I am grateful for medication that allows me to function with minimal pain, and that I found a place that would fill my prescription.
I am grateful for insurance that covers medications…. even if they are not what was originally what the doctor ordered.
I am grateful for pizza. What a wonderful “welcome home” food… my favorite food… my happy food….pizza.
I am grateful for the generosity of the human soul.
I am grateful for caring, concerned people.
I am grateful for a chance to help others…be they friends or soon to be friends…..people I see a lot, or people I may never see again. Any chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life leaves me grateful.
I am grateful for every breath I take, every new moment, every new day, every new lesson, every person I encounter, and I’m #grateful365days for you, my family of friends.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am so very grateful for you.