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!