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My New Normal

Monday, August 28, 2017

It's been just six years and one day that I suffered injuries that would forever change my life. It was a very hot August 5am. I had just had a busy August 26th. The night I went to bed, we had lost our air conditioner. (eventually to be replaced) It was so hot, I was disoriented and had walked to the door to go to the bathroom. I took a wrong turn and fell down our staircase. I do remember thinking to myself, "oh no, I am falling." As with most traumatic injuries, I remember nothing else. I do remember waking up, I had lost consciousness. I finally started calling for my husband. He came to my rescue, calling 911. He received instructions on how to stop the torrential nose bleed. What we did not know was that I not only broke my nose, I had broken many other bones. The EMT's took me to the hospital. I found out that I had a fractured humerus, toes, and many more bones. The ball at the head of the shoulder was broken. It allows mobility of the arm. I had a replacement, a device put into my shoulder. I was not able to move my arm. I spent quite some time undergoing physical therapy. I have always enjoyed exercise. I was actually devastated, my dominant arm had lost so much mobility.

What I have learned: As the years have passed, I have exercised and learned of other arm exercises that I can do. I will never lift my arm above my head. Swimming pool exercises and other workouts are so beneficial. I was 56 when I fell. I knew that I wanted to keep active. I also have learned that whatever happens in life, you can adjust and move forward.

My advice for anyone that thinks of giving up.....DON'T!!! There are always things for you to do. When you give up, you age, you may grow depressed....just keep going. Life is short, have fun!
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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Wow. My new me has not gone through what you did. Awesome progress.
    340 days ago
  • MYPHOENIXRISING
    You are a great inspiration! I am glad to meet a fellow fighter. Too many times I've been told to accept my "lot in life", and not to be so willful. I learned to keep on plowing right on ahead from my Ma, who was a leukemia survivor in her late 50's, and lived a robust life until her mid eighties. Thanks for being here! emoticon
    392 days ago
  • MYPHOENIXRISING
    You are a great inspiration! I am glad to meet a fellow fighter. Too many times I've been told to accept my "lot in life", and not to be so willful. I learned to keep on plowing right on ahead from my Ma, who was a leukemia survivor in her late 50's, and lived a robust life until her mid eighties. Thanks for being here! emoticon
    392 days ago
  • AMYBRO1
    Oh wow Linda! I didn't know you had a major fall like that. I admire at how much of a go- getter you still are today. You are so right Don't give up! emoticon emoticon
    398 days ago
  • SUSMANNIE
    We have to keep ourselves going forward. Sorry to hear how you suffered, but your outlook is inspiring!
    400 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm so happy your doing so well Linda... Thanks for the goodies..... You are a inspiration to us all. stay strong my friend. emoticon
    401 days ago
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    410 days ago
  • VEGGIEPAT
    Oh Linda! I am so sorry. You are so inspiring with your awesome messages and all the things you face. I tend to feel sorry for myself sometimes on not being able to do some things, but this blog has definitely motivated me to continue on. You are an amazing and special person and I appreciate you dearly. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    415 days ago
  • IMNOTSTOPPIN
    Wow! You made it through, it's so amazing to me when I read your story, and think how resilient the human body is and I think, there is a God above that watches over us! emoticon
    416 days ago
  • AUNA_VISTA
    I'm so sorry to hear about how you got injured! I too fell down the stairs, but luckily, I only broke one bone, in my back. Stairs can be so dangerous. My mom fell down our front stairs when she was forty and broke her back, both ankles, and damaged her knees. I'm glad that you have found new things to do to exercise, so that you can still enjoy exercise!
    416 days ago
  • 4ROSEMARY
    My, how frightening that experience must have been! You went through a lot, and I'm so glad you are with us now to tell the tale and share your journey of recovering. You are always an inspiration and a great motivation for me. I fell years ago while ice skating, straight backwards, and hit my head and suffered a concussion, but no broken bones. This made my migraines worse, and it's been a journey with various trials of treatments to try to control them. It changed my life in some ways. I'm so thankful for the days that I don't have a migraine. And I'm much more sympathetic to anyone experiencing pain, and realize that often pain is invisible. People may look just fine, but may be suffering terrible pain. But yes, Don't give up! It took years until I found some treatments that helped. I'm so glad you found things that helped you. Thanks for sharing your story!
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    416 days ago
  • HILLRUNNER
    emoticon for writing about how you found strength to go on!
    417 days ago
  • NEVERORNOW
    Good for you, never giving up and working your way back to being active in spite of the obstacles! What an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    418 days ago
  • LIS193
    Linda, you are an inspiration!
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    418 days ago
  • CHELZANNE
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    418 days ago
  • CHELZANNE
    Very inspiring, Linda. I had no idea. I like SP because disabilities and other things don't matter. They help you feel like anything is possible for yourself, with whatever limitations. Thanks for the inspiration and all you do. And thanks so much for the goodie wishing me well on my surgery in a week. I appreciate your support very much. May you continue to be blessed in your health journey. emoticon

    Love, Chelsea
    Team Lead: Water Aerobics
    418 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/29/2017 10:26:55 AM
  • KALIGIRL
    You have done super - thank you for sharing!
    418 days ago
  • _LINDA
    You have done so well to come back from such a devastating fall and injuries. I am so glad you found a way to remain active and be able to still fully enjoy life with no limitations. Getting past the mental challenges -no longer 'invincible', frail, never the same again, is as important as the physical challenges and you came through with flying colors!
    You are an inspirational Rock Star!
    Keep on being amazing!
    418 days ago
  • REEDSKI
    emoticon Yes, do not give up. I agree. Thanks for sharing!!!
    419 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    Wow! You are definitely a poster child for inspiration!
    419 days ago
  • PEACEFULHOME
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    419 days ago
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    419 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    Wow-what a injury! You are so right,don't ever give up! I am so glad you didn't give up! You are so encouraging to me and to many others!
    419 days ago
  • MPOTTER22
    Inspiring, for sure!
    419 days ago
  • BARBIEE52
    This exactly what I needed today, and reading your blog has made me realize that sometimes things happen for a reason, but we can either quit..or work hard, and do your best to improve. I'm so proud of you for your determination, and your strength to keep on going!
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    419 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    wow! You are an inspiration.
    419 days ago
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