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Posted on May 30th, 2012

When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try. – Anonymous

 

This quote has a special meaning for me. Mid-April I broke a bone in my right ankle and pulled ligaments. I was carrying my two year old grandson at the time and tripped on the bottom step of a flight of stairs. Grandson was fine but Granny went to the ER. The first picture of my foot is at the hospital. It was put in a splint and I was provided with a very fashionable walker, rather than crutches. Please, don’t ask why.

Hopping around my house on one foot wasn’t easy; actually, it was physically hard as hell. I felt like giving up more than once but told myself “you can do this and hop ten more feet to the chair.” The experience was a good lesson for me in hanging tough and taking things step-by-step, er, hop-by-hop.

 

I was thrilled when I received a green walking cast from the doctor…I was mobile! Yes, it hurt when I first started to walk but I had my trusty walker to assist me to my ride. The lesson in this part of the story: don’t laugh at rolling contraptions with two wheels and no handle bars.



Four weeks later my cast was removed and the swelling was much improved. See how much better my ankle looks via the second picture. All my efforts of icing my ankle, keeping it elevated and being a hermit had paid off as I then got a walking boot. Now I was mobile and faster, well, faster than turtle speed.

So, what’s the point of my story?

 

I’ve learned several things from this experience:

*  Life will throw you the unexpected.

 

*  Sometimes you simply aren’t prepared…deal with it.

 

*  Don’t give in to “oh, poor me.” The situation could be much worse, like requiring surgery.

 

*  Get back to your normal schedule as best you can. The police won’t realize you’re driving with your left foot.

 

*  Accept the help of a wheel chair when you fly…it’s the quickest way to get through airport security and TSA screening. Enjoy the anomaly of that.

 

*  It’s okay to be both amazed and grateful at the kindness of strangers.

 

 Two more weeks and then I hope to be finished with the walking boot. Fingers crossed…one hop at a time.



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Ellen - June 1st, 2012 at 9:15 AM
Good for you! Make the best of it.
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