It would be a better story of it involved fire, or motorcycles or saving a bus load of children.
Instead, all I’ve got is this: I was out walking my cute 5 lbs. toy poodle on a relatively mild Calgary evening when I stepped on an ice patch and went down with an awful sounding crack in my ankle.
Now, I’m trying to figure out what life looks like without the ability to walk, bear weight on my right leg, drive, shop, shower normally, carry almost anything…well, you get the picture.
But it’s not all bad. It never is, really. Clouds almost always have a silver lining if you look at them the right way.
Sometimes, an external jolt (such as hitting the pavement) is all that’s needed to force a new perspective. In the 48 hours since my fall, I’ve discovered the follow positive ways to view my situation:
- Back packs are an invaluable invention – especially when you need both your arms to walk.
- Ditto for travel mugs with secure tops.
- More people than I ever imagined have survived a broken ankle or knee surgery which is comforting to know.
- Fortunately, I didn’t land on my toy poodle.
- People are generally super generous about offering to help with driving, shopping, etc. and this is encouraging.
- You get to know people better because you’re forced to rely on them in ways you don’t have to when you’re healthy.
- My kids are going to step up and start cooking more of their meals – independence is never a bad thing.
- While in the hospital getting my blood pressure checked every hour, I discovered a potential hypertension issue that I can now properly address.
- I didn’t want to believe I’d broken it, but heard a break and felt a break. My instincts were right, the trusting of which is often a challenge for me.
- Of course, being immobile increases the appreciation I have for my mobility and health which will return.
- I am also much more sensitive to people with mobility challenges and shall find a way to help when I’m mobile again.
- I am so grateful that I didn’t hit my head which could have had much greater and long-lasting detrimental impact.
See, it’s not all bad. The glass is definitely half-full.