Sunday, August 28, 2016

Some thoughts

  All the wonderful comments of support and encouragement have been filling my inbox.   Some great ideas to lighten my mood, and move me along.  I so appreciate you all.

  I have had a lot of time for thoughts.....I know that can be dangerous, and I began a list of things I took for granted before this health adventure began.  Simple things that I missed, especially while "locked" in the hospital and in rehab.  So here are a few highlights from my list..............


  •  How blue the sky is......hospitals are colorless, and I missed colors.  Sir Old Man brought wallhangings and quilts for my bed when I got to rehab!  
  • The sweet taste of ketchup on french fries....ketchup has onion powder in it, and is a no-no for me.  But I cheat a little with permission..... if I do not over-do.
  • French vanilla creamer in my coffee.
  • Writing....writing a shopping list.   I am improving but it is still hard.
  •  Walking barefooted.  With numbness  in my feet, shoes are required....ugh.
  • Sitting on the porch in the sun, or listening to the rain.  This was one of the first things I did when I came home.   Such a comfort.
  • Soft towels to dry off with after a hot shower.   No puny, thin bits institutions use.
  • Riding in a car, viewing the world as daily life goes on.   I asked for permission at rehab to go with Sir Old Man for ice cream and was denied.  Patients could not leave for even short trips due to health care rules, they said.  For sure, I began to plan a "jail break" trip.  That's when they let me come home....lol.
  • and of course......sewing on my machine, hearing the familiar hum, and looking out the window at the trees and birds.  
  • And most of all.........time with those I love, friends and family.  Never take those special relationships for granted.
Enough thoughts for today.   I did get some stitching time in......good OT therapy.
I will share photos tomorrow.  
Happy stitching.

20 comments:

  1. Gratitude is a huge attitude in overcoming hardships and disappointment. You are doing so well in your reflections and perseverance. My grandkids gave me a gratitude journal and it changes me. Prayers for improvements for you and hope to continue on.

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  2. I have found that listing my gratitudes help me to find much more joy in life. I put them on Facebook and friends tell me that they look forward to reading them.
    I really enjoyed reading yours. :-)

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  3. We do take so much for granted and then sometimes find out how good we had things. Glad you got some sewing time in - that sounds like great therapy! ~Jeanne

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  4. Your attitude inspires me and helps me along with my own therapy. I too, am struggling with some major health issues and think often of each tiny good thing that happens. I'm new to quilting (sewed all my life though) in retirement and it has become such a therapy for me. I can lose myself in projects and planning projects. Two wonderful friends and I get together for stitching sessions and I treasure those supportive moments. I am keeping you in my thoughts as you progress and get back doing all the things you love. Your attitude and gratitude mirror my own and help me stay positive.
    Linda

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  5. We all need to remember to slow down and look at the world around us, reflecting on the good things like family, friends, nature. So happy to see you making progress.

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  6. We all need to remember to slow down and look at the world around us, reflecting on the good things like family, friends, nature. So happy to see you making progress.

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  7. Just popping in to say good morning and to wish you a day filled with family and happiness. Hugs

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  8. This just makes me smile, they're all simple things that we take for granted until we don't have them. Why can't you have onion powder?

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  9. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It helps me realize that I need to be grateful for what I have because you never know when you won't. xoxo

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  10. I like the idea of a gratitude journal that others list - think we can all use and enjoy. Many blessings upon you and Sir.

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  11. Other than having my tonsils out, and giving birth, I've never had to stay in a hospital. I can imagine it would be very stressful, to say the least. Glad you are home, and hopefully you'll stay there. Go pet some fabric while you sit on the porch and watch the birds.

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  12. It's good to have gratitude and think about the simple pleasures in our life. It's good to know that you are coming along well and your recovery is going smooth.

    Think about making your own homemade ketchup without the onion powder and perhaps substitute another approved spice. This way you will not need to "cheat" or cause any hiccup in your recovery. Gladly there are other alternatives for those of us who may not be able to eat processed food. I am with you that french fries and ketchup go together.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  13. Simple pleasures, for sure, but those are the things that make life worth living.

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  14. I kept a gratitude journal when I was sick...it helps. :) :) Life beguns a new normal when you are sick doesn't it...ugh!

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  15. It's amazing how the 'little things' that we take for granted, are really the big things in life. I'm sorry it's such a slow process, but happy to hear that you are on the mend.

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  16. To have an attitude of gratitude is not always easy. To bad it sometimes take a life changing event to be grateful for the little things in life. Your list warmed my heart. Your positive attitude & grateful heart blesses more people than you realize. Keep up that spirt of love & appreciation. {{{HUGS}}}

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  17. Blessings on you and Sir Old Man -

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  18. So glad you got some stitching time in! My experience has really been eye-opening in so many ways. We can learn so much about ourselves, what we take for granted, who and what we truly love, need and depend on but there is so much to learn and try to understand, too, in others who might be going through illness. I often think of cancer patients, for example, who have been in and out of hospitals for years, very often being denied normalcy for months or more at a time. I think of the elderly who are in the process of slowly losing control over their lives, giving it over to doctors and doctors' schedules, to their children who they depend upon for transportation, etc. And maybe an old person cuts me off and then lets the door shut behind them in my face....but now instead of being taken aback, I understand that maybe they are hurting and it takes everything in them to just get to where they can sit down and maybe they lack the strength and mobility to even hold that door behind them... Ok, I'm rambling but I feel like I could go on and on and I know you know what I'm talking about! Good to hear of your progression!

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  19. Your post today, made me think of the time my teenage daughter was very ill. One day while sitting with her in her small cubicle in ICU, a maintenance man came with a ladder, and it looked as if he might be fixing a leak or AC problem in the false ceiling. My daughter said to me, "I envy that man, I wish I was healthy enough to climb a ladder." We must always be thankful for our health!

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  20. Wonderful list Debbie! Looking forward to those photos!!

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