Literally and figuratively, this is the truth.
It doesn’t matter what you are going through in life-health issues, self-improvement, etc. – just keep going.
Every morning as I walk the long hallway to the hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy room, someone will stop me and ask what happened. Whether it’s the crutches or the slowness of my walk, people are curious. I appreciate the concern but my story is such a long one, I just smile and say, “It’s a long story but things are better and I am on the mend, so life is good!”
One gentleman who was walking behind me into the grocery store said, “Excuse me, I am in a rush, if you don’t mind” and motioned that the store has motorized carts. I gather I was moving too slow and he really needed to get into the store and make that purchase of (“fill in the blank!”)
While I have used the motorized carts in the past, it is uncomfortable for me to sit in the hard seats with my incision. More than that, I prefer to slowly walk through the store to gain my strength back and keep the blood flowing.
People such as the “grocery getter” don’t upset me. They have no idea what I have gone through and what I have survived. Life is a beautiful journey and I am OK with taking my time as I go through this phase of my life. I have to remind myself that it will be a slow process!
Each day is a gift. I get up every morning and believe I can conquer whatever comes my way. Mark Wahlberg has a brand of tee-shirts, “TICDA” – Today I Can Do Anything. I wore this tee-shirt the morning of my big surgery. ***Disclaimer – it was 4:30 in the morning and there is nothing fancy about this picture! HA!
Even though I was terrified of the surgery, I purposely wore this shirt to provide a sense of, “Heck yeah, I am going to get through this surgery and thrive!”
The events that take place in our lives don’t have to define us. It’s how we handle them that matters. People tell me all of the time that they don’t think they could be as strong or positive as I have been for so long. I disagree. When we are faced with struggles, we rise to the occasion. What choice do we have?
I met with my plastic surgeon again. He is pleased with the healing and was able to remove more staples and stitches. While the fluid in the hip is still present, it has improved so no drain was needed!!!
After seeing my plastic surgeon, I went to the brace shop and have a new boot to wear. This boot will allow me to bear weight and will hopefully protect my foot so I don’t develop any pressure sores.
Next Friday will be my last hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy session! I will end with 26 sessions in and I do believe it has helped to heal my incision. The sores on my foot that I developed after wearing my initial brace are healed as well.
Next up is getting back to physical therapy. I am nervous about not being in a rehab facility for PT. As mentioned in an earlier post, my friend Sarah said it perfectly – I don’t need a PT standing next to me to do the work, I need self-discipline to be able to work on my own as well as with the PT.
I-got-this-100%!!! Slow and steady. One foot in front of the other. One day at a time.
Until next time, be well and go out and do a random act of kindness.