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It's not easy being green: What. I've learned from my injury

Saturday, September 21, 2019

On August 21st I needed to make a short errand to pick up lunch for a business meeting that was being held in my corporate office. 10 minutes away from my office, a bright sunshine day and I was in a great mood. You know that saying "Man plans and God Laughs" yup there you go, I took a tumble coming out with lunch fell and broken my humerous bone in two, possible three places. The bone that's broke is the bone that goes from my elbow to my shoulder. At 55 , wow. I'll spare you the pain details etc. It was very painful I'm fortunate that I did not need surgery, but this would be a long recovery.

Taking Care of Myself:
For the first time in my life, I'm doing exactly what I need to do, exactly what the doctor has recommended I do. The doctor advised that I would be out of work 4-6 weeks or longer. I am still out of work and recovering, making small steps. One of the most surprising things I've found is that with all of the pain and things I cant do. I've seen some amazing and unexpected benefits. The planets aligned and I've been forced to take care of myself. All of a sudden, my sugars are in check, I've dropped 12 pounds and minus the arm issues I feel great.

What Changed
As I'm reflecting what exactly has changed, well looking at it, I'm eating at a regular time, I'm eating healthy, but sheer default I'm eating slower, the inability of using my right hand has forced me to eat with my left. All I was looking at was the struggle to eat, and food falling down my chest. I never realized that I was actually eating slower, possibly the way your supposed to eat, who knows I'm one of those 15 hour a day high energy people that woofed down their food so that I keep going with the task at hand.

Being forced to slow down
I still cant believe this happened, I'm blessed but I'm scared. I can finally start using
my hand but can not use my arm, I cant drive, I can use the computer but cant hold
a pen. Next drs apt is Monday and I fully anticipate that will release me to return to work
I'm fortunate and blessed that my job has offered to let me work from home until I am cleared to drive, coming in for the occasionally meeting

Seeing the blessing
My sugars were running 400-500, and now over the last month I've had an average of 97 to 120, and have actually stopped taking one of my medications. I would be remiss in not seeing the many blessings that I have experienced during this injury. I'm grateful for it, and
laughing to myself, none of this is rocket science, this is all basic stuff that we know we need to do, plan meals, go slow eat healthy repeat. But we also know that the theory and the reality don't always line up.

Not Easy Being Green
This really is my new tag line because it's true. Being diabetic, every day is a challenge.
It's not something we can do and be done with We need to juggle life and the challenges, the daily work and life obstacles, sickness, cars breaking down, unexpected overtime. For now I'm being forced to really take care of me, for the first time iin my life really putting my needs first, while its not a comfortable place to be, but I'm learning and I'm accepting. I'm accepting I'm worth all of the effort that's required, the effort that I so willing have given to others that I am worthy of the same. Kind of strange how I can be in so much pain in one aspect, and feel so good in the other

While it's not easy being green, challenge accepted.
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  • CAKAROO
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    599 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    So sorry to hear of your injury. Wish you the best and swift recovery.

    I wish I could lose 12 lbs but sure don't want to break a bone at my age...have
    to take care of hubs...………

    Blessings,
    600 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    So sorry to hear about your injury but very proud of your attitude. Sending healing vibes your way.

    HUGS
    600 days ago
  • RETAT60
    I accepted the challenge too! Tripped during yoga class and fractured my upper humerus on 9/10. Learning to let go & just take care of me. At 58 recovery seems slower. Really miss exercising - guess my body wanted to rest.
    600 days ago
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