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Making lemonade from life's lemon

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Last week at dog class, I had a fall. Denial set in immediately. No, I did not need help up from the floor, just let me sit here for a few minutes. No, I did not need anyone to drive me to the hospital, I can manage with one hand. No, I wont take any pain meds til I get home, if they would be needed at all. I will just get xrays, they will splint me up and I will work tomorrow because we are so short on staff.

Wrong! on most accounts.

Yes, xrays-score one for me!
Yes-splint, albeit not what I expected. My wrist was broken in 2 places, they had to sedate me to set one of the breaks.
Ummm-definitely pain meds.
No I could not drive myself home or anywhere else for 24 hours.
And for sure no working.

BAM!! Denial squashed!!

Since then, my exercise tanked, my eating has been off, and no surprise, my weight went up-partly due to the weight of the deluxe splint. (a hint of denial)

Yesterday I saw the orthopedic hand surgeon who furthered the denial check, when she informed me that I was going to need surgery to fix the break with a plate and would likely be out of work 3-4 months. WHAT!!!! omgosh!! What a disaster!!

So, Monday is the day for surgery.

But this is just one chapter in my life-book and I do have a choice in how this story will go. I want my story to be inspiring. I want my story to be encouraging. I want my story to be positive. And, I want to WIN this life challenge. I'm going to take all the things I have been learning on my journey so far and put them to work for me during this time when it would be really easy to throw in the towel with a defeatist "I can't/don't want to do it" attitude and sit on my duff eating bon bons.


be positive
set some new SMART goals
make each choice a healthy/smart choice
track your food and your fitness
stay connected to other people
look for ways to be active
put yesterday behind you
AND most importantly...

You have a story to write!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Great Blog. Sorry that you had an accident and I am hoping that the surgery went well and you are on your way to mending. I can relate to the letter you wrote to yourself. Thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts with SparkPeople. You are such an inspiration.
    583 days ago
    Your note to Self is great. It's so easy to gain weight during recovery when your routine is upset.
    Your fall reminded me of a similar incident that happened to me a few years ago on the first day of vacation. I thought I could get up from the fall but am ambulance came and took me to the hospital. Broken hip!
    I hope you are recovering well now.
    590 days ago
  • VHAYES04
    Bless your heart. I'm praying things are better but remember even with a messed up hand you can walk and make good food choices. Best of luck!
    592 days ago
    So that's what happened to you! So sorry. You know I can relate to that!! You sound like me, I was trying to blame my slight weight gain (at the time) on my new titanium part in my arm! ha ha
    Don't be like me and give in too many times to the comfort food and gain 10 pounds like I have since my fall 6 months ago. Cease and desist! Or should I say resist those bon bons!
    That's the spirit! Good attitude! When its PT time give it all you got! emoticon emoticon
    621 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/11/2019 9:00:27 PM
  • AMY_1217
    I know you can overcome this setback. You have the knowledge and the tools to get through this with flying colors. Stay strong!
    628 days ago
  • SPICY23
    emoticon emoticon Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    emoticon No dishes for a while! (if you're scoping for positives)

    Peace and Care
    633 days ago
    So sorry. Sending you hugs and prayers and lots of encouragement to do what needs doing!
    633 days ago
    Late coming to this - and sad to see it. Falls are mostly embarrassing and often painful/damaging. Understand your denial but sadly it doesn't always help. It will all pass, of course, but right now is possibly the worst time. Your attitude does you credit and will see you through. I really admire your determined approach.
    Sending positive vibes for a good outcome. emoticon
    635 days ago
    Sorry Jerri I have had this happen too.once The operation has been done you will slowly be able to walk some. Follow the instructions.Get Well soon
    636 days ago
  • CKSMITH385
    Jerri - inspiring blog. That's a hard blow to find out you just can't hop up and continue life as normal. Kudos to you for deciding to use your "down" time concentrating on things you can still do to take care of yourself instead of throwing yourself a huge pity party. I hope the surgery is successful and your wrist heals up good as new and you're soon up and running again. Hugs!

    637 days ago
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    Praying for a speedy recovery for tou
    637 days ago
    Oh my gosh Jerri, soooo sorry. Virtual hugs.. emoticon
    637 days ago
    So very sorry this happened. Falls can be so devastating :-( Mom hasn't recovered from her fall 5 weeks ago. The break in her elbow didn't heal and she has pain still from her other banged up joints.
    fuel your body with good healing food and take very good care of yourself!
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    637 days ago
    So sorry to hear about the fall and the pain! Hoping that the meds are helping some !!
    And hoping that your pup is feeling appropriately sorry about the whole thing !!
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    Well - you better watch your good eating habits ... emoticon
    Drink plenty of water ... emoticon

    Maybe you can do some squats. emoticon

    If not, at least exercise your mind. emoticon
    Here are a few fun brain exercises:


    You can also catch up on your reading: emoticon
    637 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/25/2019 12:39:45 PM
    So sorry this happened. Prayers for healing and peace. Hugs. You are a tough lady..you will surpass this one too 🌞
    637 days ago
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