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It is truly humbling when you realize how many things we take for granted ….small insignificant things we do on a regular basis each day until something happens to make us dependant on others for the most menial of tasks.
I returned home from hospital after back surgery in early November with a greater appreciation of my independence, or lack thereof. Back injuries affect your every movement and I was humbled at how important it truly is.
- I could not roll over in bed without assistance
- I could not get out of bed without assistance
- I could not walk without the use of a walker
- I could not shower without assistance
- I could not get dressed without assistance
While in hospital I had the nursing staff there to attend to my every need, however when I returned home it was a different world! I live alone, with no spouse, and only my three very young grandchildren. I had to hire a caregiver to assist me in the morning to get the children their breakfast and walk them to the school bus, then attend to my needs. She left at 10:00 and I was alone, confined to my bed until 3:00 when the nanny arrived to care for the children. I had to ensure the morning caregiver left me a sandwich and sufficient to drink near my bedside where I could access it.
My surgery reduced my physical abilities more than I could have ever comprehended…and little challenges presented themselves on a daily basis. I had the TV remote, my portable home phone, cell phone, and laptop on my bed. The night table held my medications and enough water or juice to last the day. I was restricted to no bendi ng or twisting of my back.
- Dropping the remote control was a challenge
- Trying to reach the cell phone, an inch out of my reach was fun
- Using a chair in the shower as I needed support to stand
- Requiring assistance washing myself and my hair
- Requiring assistance getting dried off, and dressed.
- Trying to get the toothpaste on the brush with one hand, while I supported myself on the counter with the other hand
- I could not bend so it was a challenge to get dressed and I had to get very creative!
Well, you get the picture, I’m sure.
I have a greater appreciation of good health and the gift of independence that it allows. The surgery was successful and I’m on the road to recovery reaching small milestones each day.
Think about and appreciate your blessings each day…. You never know when they could be taken from you.