Monday, April 6, 2015

REALITY CHECK

Last week I received the ultimate reality check when I fell on the sidewalk and broke my wrist. This is a picture of my new BFF Castzilla.  Full arm cast to try to avoid surgery. Until I broke bones, I had not paid much attention to the little things in life, the proverbial "stop to smell the roses" events that happen every day.

Have you ever stopped to think about everything you need 2 hands to do?
  • Buckle a seat belt
  • put on a bra
  • open a jar
  • put toothpaste on a toothbrush
  • do your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers
  • pull up socks, pants, underwear
  • wash certain body parts
I bet we could name a whole lot more.

I'm learning to get by on one wing for a while, but what I really got from this temporary inconvenience was a deeper understanding and respect for those who must deal with the loss of a limb for the rest of their lives; our heroes in uniform, those who lose an arm or leg to an accident, those who must decide on amputation or life. I think I can safely say we all feel empathy, but until now, I didn't really understand the life implications.

What helped to drive this sudden light bulb over the head moment home for me was seeing Noah Galloway on Dancing With the Stars.  I 'm complaing because I need help washing my hair for 6 weeks, and this American hero is coping with the loss of an arm and leg for the rest of his life.  I mean, shut up Kathye. You get your arm back by May. Noah gets his arm and leg back when he gets to Heaven.

So while I don't want any of you to break a limb or lose one to get a light bulb of your own if you don't already have a bright one already lit, I am asking that you stop for a moment when the news reports terrorists attacked our military and there are casulaties, or when there is a terrible accident somewhere and people are harmed like at the Boston Marathon Bombing, or if you hear of someone whose illness is requiring them to make a choice.  Say a little prayer, send some good chi, or  wish them well. I know I will not be able to just think "so sad" any longer. 

And to put the proverbial money where my mouth is, I am fully supporting the Wounded Warriors Project with a monthly donation.  I waste enough money t Sephora every month catering to my vanity.  Now I'll put
that money to better use.

Off my soapbox now.  Thanks for listening and God Bless America's heroes.

21 comments:

  1. Thanks, Kathye, for demonstrating how to turn a negative situation into a positive reflection; this post is the ultimate lemons into lemonaid. Sending hugs and lots of get-well-quick thoughts.

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    1. Thanks Sandy. Hoping to have castzilla cut down next week to get my elbow back

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  2. Thanks for the slap upside the head. We should always remember how fortunate we are compared to others.

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  3. I've been where you are, Kathy. When I fell, I broke my thumb and my shoulder. Amazing how much we depend on our thumb. Noah Galloway is an inspiration, and I want to slap the judge who docked him for making a 'misstep.' Happy healing.

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    1. Even though we may not know it, there is always someone wishes they only had our troubles.

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  4. Good reminder of how blessed most of us are.

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  5. Talk about humbling, Kath. You slapped the nail with this one. I had rotator cuff surgery on my dominant arm several years ago and know exactly what you're going through.
    good for you on keeping up with the Wounded Warrior Project; I hope the next few weeks are as uncomplicated as can be.
    Best wishes
    Kat and Veronica

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    1. Wow - at least I am right handed. You had mlr challenges than I

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  6. Learned how much I do around the house needing to hands after I had to start using a cane to get around even inside. Carry a laundry basket & then open the door to the laundry room among all the cats trying to escape into the room. Everything takes twice as long! I used to worry about where I left my glasses. Now it's where did I leave my glasses AND cane. They're seldomly in the same room!!

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    1. You are I are soul sisters I'm finding more things I need two hands to do every day

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  7. Well said, Kathye! This reminder is so important. And I hope you're well into healing mode by now too.

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  8. Adding my thanks for the reminder about how much we take for granted.

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  9. I agree totally that Noah Galloway is a hero in more ways than one. Watching what he has accomplished with one leg and one arm on the dance floor brings tears to my eyes. What inspiration he is to others who have afflictions of any kind. Thank you for reminding us of what is really important.

    Kudos to you for, as one poster said, making lemonade out of the lemon of your castzilla.

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  10. When will you have your cast cut off?I was in a cast too.I broke my wrist and thumb playing soccer.I had my third cast removed about 4 months ago.Have a full and speedy recovery.Hope you feel better and you dont have any pain.

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  11. When will you have your cast cut off?I was in a cast too.I broke my wrist and thumb playing soccer.I had my third cast removed about 4 months ago.Have a full and speedy recovery.Hope you feel better and you dont have any pain.

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