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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The last couple of days have not been great and I have not felt much like writing. I do not want this to become a trend so here I am back at it.

(1) I am grateful for friends, be they online friends or the ones I have in real life. I look forward to each and every contact I have. I enjoy reading about the trials and trivialities of others (and their joys) and really appreciate all the love and support that flows back to me.

(2) I am grateful for SparkPeople. I believe I discovered the site back in 2013 when I was still a functional hermit. I spent my first year here solo, not realizing the joys that can be derived from friendships. Eventually I became brave enough to send the occasional friend request. I was always delighted when someone wanted to be friends with me. As I developed a sense of safety and trust in connecting with others I began to let down some of my walls and allow 'real people' a brief look inside. Today I am probably more social than I have ever been. I'm thankful for that.

(3) I am grateful for the little jobs I have/had at the elementary school. The work I have been able to do with young children has been so very rewarding. They provide me with love and hugs and honesty. I miss being at work but have lots of pleasant memories.

(4) I am grateful for many of the things that people post on Sparkpeople. I especially appreciate reading about gratitude and thankfulness and blessings. As I have learned things from others I, too, have become much more focused on the positive.

(5) I am grateful that my leg is healing. I wasn't so happy last week when I removed the bandages and saw something that looked completely foreign to me. In truth, I was shocked. I have never ever thought of myself as being sickly or weak or dead. That's how my leg appeared to me. Now I am embracing my leg as a part of me, a part that is going through transition and will eventually be strong and healthy again.

(6) I am grateful that the kind of pain I now have is manageable. Compared to what I experienced following the accident and the surgery, this is a cake walk.

(7) I have a friend who travels to the USA for 6 months every winter. He stocks up on the things he might need while he is away. I am grateful for his generosity in sharing his supply of pain medications and supplements. It saved me from having to go to the doctor to get a prescription, go to the pharmacy to have it filled. Going anywhere at this time is a big problem for me.

(8) I am grateful for my ability to stand on one leg and do the small amount of dishes that accumulate during the day. For the first 2.5 weeks that I was home dishes simply piled up in the sink. It really bothered me to see the sink full every time I hobbled into the bathroom and back to the couch. It's so much better seeing the sink empty and shiny clean.

(9) I am thankful for books. I love to read. Keeping my mind occupied helps me get through what is sometimes a looooong day. I am enjoying getting through a stack of reading material that I can then pass on to other avid readers.

10) I am thankful for bubble bath. There were times when bath products just sat on my shelf. It was much faster to just jump in the shower and rush off to my day. Although not yet exactly comfortable I am trying to make my bathing experience both leisurely and pleasurable. It's good to have these things at hand and not have to go out to the store to purchase them.

In the time it's taken me to write this it has turned from daylight to darkness. Looking for positives requires some thought and can be time consuming. In any case, it's always worth it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I always enjoy the comments.
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    I read your most recent blog and enjoyed it so much that I had to continue reading others. You are such a positive upbeat person, in spite of your trials in life, and I find you quite motivating. Please continue to blog. From you, I'm learning to appreciate all the blessings that come from both the good and the bad.
    1206 days ago
    What a beautiful blog! Counting your blessings and being grateful for each one of them is one of the best acts of Love!

    Wishing you a fast and complete recovery of your leg!
    1286 days ago
    Great list! emoticon
    1315 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing this great grateful list
    1316 days ago
    This may have taken you a bit to write, but it was definitely worth the read. thank you so much for sharing.
    1316 days ago
    wonderful blog Mayie, so positive emoticon emoticon
    1317 days ago
    I enjoy reading your blogs.

    I was amazed at the difference in my legs when a cast was removed after foot surgery. The leg that had the cast on it looked disgusting, but as you said, it is transitioning.

    We didn't go to see my sister-in-law or brother-in-law today. I will need to think of things that I can cook and share with them. I don't keep much here with my ketogenic way of eating. They ate the turkey sub halves today for lunch. I don't know if they had breakfast or dinner. We called this evening to ask if they needed anything and we were told that they didn't. Hubby's brother fell last night, he fell Friday night too. His wife had her shoulder operated on and cannot help him to get up. He is blind and may have Parkinson's disease and he will soon have to have his heart checked.

    I tell you, it makes us think, they are both younger than we are and it would be easy for someone to make the decision to put us all into a nursing home. Nobody wants to go into one because most of the time, you don't get back out.

    I have some bubble bath here, but most of it has been used. I can't get in and out of a tub very well. The foot that was operated on will not help me to get into a standing position once I am down. I have to grab onto something and use my upper body to get me on my knees and then use the good foot to push myself into a standing position. We have a hand-held shower head in one bathtub and that is the tub I use.

    I think it is wonderful that you manage your dishes. I need to try to talk my sister-in-law into using her dishwasher while she recovers. It would be much easier on those that are trying to help them out. I forgot to ask her if the wash that was done yesterday was put into the dryer. Just don't try to do too much on crutches, it is easy to spin around and fall.

    I hope that when I become disabled for any reason that someone will help me with household chores. One never knows what may happen and we should really think about others and offer to help them. Following through on the offer is the hard part.

    1317 days ago
    This is a well written blog and I greatly appreciate reading it. I hope you get well soon.
    1317 days ago
    Mayie, this is a wonderful heart warming blog. You lift me up at the end of a day that's worn me out! Thank you! Hugs.
    1317 days ago
    (((((HUGS))))) You've been through a lot and it is wonderful you have positives to write about!!! It DOES help!
    1317 days ago
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