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DON'T TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED - APPRECIATE YOUR BLESSINGS

Have you ever wondered how you would manage if you were suddenly physically incapacitated?  You can imagine how debillitating it would be if you have a broken leg, or arm, or if you are right handed broke your hand or wrist.  You would be very difficult to carry out daily tasks that you take for granted every day.

How often do you take things for granted?  Little things you do every day without a second thought.... Its not until an event takes place that we stop and take notice when something happens to make us dependent on others for the most menial of tasks that we took for granted.

I am an extremely independant person, so when I returned home from hospital several years ago after back surgery, (I had a two herniated discs, a double decompression of L4 & L5) I returned with a greater appreciation of my independence, or lack thereof. Back injuries affect your every movement as our back supports our whole body.  Every movement we make requires a healthy back. 

LEARNING TO ADJUST DAILY ACTIVITIES

While in hospital I had the nursing staff there to attend to my every need, however when I returned home it was a different world!  I am a Senior, live alone, with no spouse, and only my three very young grandchildren. I had to hire a caregiver to assist me in the morning to get the children their breakfast and walk them to the school bus, then attend to my needs. She left at 10:00 and I was alone, confined to my bed until 3:00 when the nanny arrived to care for the children.  I had to ensure the morning caregiver left me a sandwich and sufficient to drink near my bedside where I could access it.

I LEARNED TO APPRECIATE WHAT I HAD

My surgery reduced my physical abilities more than I could have ever comprehended...and little challenges presented themselves on a daily basis. I had the TV remote, my portable home phone, cell phone, and laptop on my bed.  The night table held my medications and enough water or juice to last the day.

I am a single grandmother raising three young children... I had to hire a support worker to come in the moring and get the children ready for school.  Make their breakfast and lunch.  She then prepared some food for me, some breakfast, drinks and a sandwich for lunch so I could keep it on my bed.  She then left and I was there alone until the children came home from school around 3:00, and the nanny arrived.

THINGS I LEARNED TO APPRECIATE

  • rolling  over in  bed without assistance
  • getting out of bed without assistance
  • take a shower without help
  • using a stool to sit on in the shower stall
  • not wash myself as I could not bend or twist
  • walk without the use of a walker
  • I was confined to the upper level of the house
  • I needed someone to carry the walker downstairs for me
  • Dropping the remote control was a challenge
  • Trying to reach the cell phone, an inch out of my reach was fun

SOME PERSONAL THINGS I NEEDED

  • Using a chair in the shower as I could not stand without support
  • Needing  assistance washing myself,
  • Assistance to wash my own hair and had to have someone else do it
  • I had to have someone dry me after my shower
  • I needed someone to dry my hair for me
  • I needed somone eto put the toothpaste on my brush, as I could not do it with one free hand, using the other one to support myself.  
  • I could not bend so it was a challenge to get dressed and I had to get very creative!
  • Comb or style my hair with one hand, as I needed the other one to support myself.

Well, you get the picture, I'm sure.

I have a greater appreciation of good health and the gift of independence that it allows. The surgery was successful and I am happy to report I have made a full recovery and I am now free of pain with full mobility restored.

Think about and appreciate your blessings each day.... You never know when they could be taken from you, AND take care of your back.. make sure your lift things properly and don't over exert it!!  Take good care it, and it will take care of you!

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gloria, I always get nervous when I read about these things, as I have had to have surgery on my neck for years, but have put it off.    Sounds horrifying and so glad you enjoy full recovery!  

Jan 30, 2018 09:01 AM #1
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello,  I am lucky that other then a broken collar bone at age 9 and a broker arm at age 11 I never had any real problem.  I hope I never will.

 

Jan 30, 2018 09:04 AM #2
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Lottie Kendall
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Gloria, your determination and attitude was a huge benefit in your recovery, I'm sure. You have taken on many responsibilities, so HAD to recoup! I admire you immensely.

Jan 30, 2018 09:19 AM #3
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Sorry to hear about the challenges you underwent. Back pain is debilitating and can affect not just us but those around us as well. Glad you feel so much better and enjoy the things you can do today.

 

 

Jan 30, 2018 09:41 AM #4
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

May years ago I learned not to take anything for granted.  It changed my life dramatically

Jan 30, 2018 09:47 AM #5
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Hello Lottie Kendall thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments.. Have a wonderful day!

Jan 30, 2018 01:09 PM #6
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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William Feela so good to hear that... there are many people out there who need to learn this lesson..

Jan 30, 2018 01:10 PM #7
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  thank you for stopping by, and for your kind comments.. So glad I had the surgery, I am now pain free..

Jan 30, 2018 01:11 PM #8
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Wow Gloria, you are one tough chick!!!  This is such an important message.  We all take many things for granted each day. I've broken my back 3 times and haven never felt such horrible pain!  So glad you have made a full recovery.  Thank you so much for sharing your story. We all need to sit up and take notice.   How old are your grandchildren? 

Jan 31, 2018 06:17 AM #9
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Carol Williams I had my surgery in 2011, when I was 66 so at that time they were 7, 8 and 10.  I've had them since they were 2,3, and 5.  I have legal custody of them, and I can tell you it was difficult at times on weekends to work.  If I was showing homes I would pack them all up in the back seat with a book or their "game boys" and off we would go... I did that many, many times.  Luckily my clients understood... If I had an Open House to sit, I would need to hire a sitter.  Thank you Carol for your kind words... Have a wonderful day!  btw.. they are 14, 15 and 17 now... now I have the teenage problems!  lol

Jan 31, 2018 06:27 AM #10
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Gloria, They are lucky kids!!! Just imagine the stories you all will have to tell when they are grown and you're all sitting around the Christmas tree reminiscing.  

Jan 31, 2018 06:33 AM #11
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Gloria

This really must have been an eye opener, and it's a good reminder for us all. It's so easy to take things for granted and we just don't realize that until something happens. I personally am not a good patient! I am putting off should surgery because just don't want to deal with not using my preferred right hand/arm for an extended period...so I deal with the pain as it comes. Someday I will not be able to avoid it.

Jeff

Feb 03, 2018 12:08 PM #12
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Hi Jeff Dowler indeed it was.  I am a very independent person and I found it difficult to have to depend on others for the simplest of things...We must appreciate what we have and do not take anything for granted!

Feb 03, 2018 03:12 PM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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It is true that we don't truly appreciate good health until something happens to us. For me, it was a broken ankle, much less problematic than a back issue. But even so, I couldn't shower standing up, I couldn't do stairs, I couldn't drive, etc. I am much more careful now when walking around and I totally appreciate the independence good health gives us.

 

Feb 05, 2018 03:09 AM #14
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Life is not static. No matter the age, things can and will change.

I think it is important to have mental control of self to not give up but to do what it takes to adapt and move on.

Thanks for sharing your journey through change and giving us encouragement that there is still a future to enjoy.

Best wishes.

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