I have tried to write here how I feel about this darned accident I had and what I learned from it.
My husband and I agreed it would be best for him to stay in LA with Samson until it's time for me to see the doctor again. Samson is 11 months now and huge, the largest of all the dogs. He comes flying through the air and lands in your lap or jumps on you from behind and does all sorts of puppyish things. All of that terrified me when he was here a few weeks ago. Then he and Soldier got into it a few times, growling and snarling, and they also had some kind of peeing in the house contest going on. Husband and Samson will be here in a week and a half – I miss them a lot, but I know this is best for me. I need my life to be calm and peaceful right now.
What's Great Right Now:
The pain is gone. I have taken no pain medication for three weeks.
My blood sugars are back down to more or less normal. Managing my diabetes has been the most difficult of all. I had no idea how much the trauma would affect it. Very scary!
My brain has adjusted to the one-handed typing, and I'm getting pretty good at it.
I started to walk outside this week, down the road with Princess. I walk a bit further each time and take aim at a fencepost – good they all look different.
I may try for the mailboxes next week -- 1/8 of a mile away. I've never seen this road look so long before!
But it feels so good to be outside again.
I made a casserole. While it was easy to put it into the oven with one hand, it was a bit trickier to get it out, but it worked out OK.
Yesterday I baked on oatmeal cake and used the same technique to get it in and out of the oven.
I don't have a dishwasher here, but I'm doing great washing dishes with one hand. I'm so happy I have these:
My Fiesta Ware that's practically unbreakable and so cheerful too!
Taking a shower is now enjoyable again.
Saving money by not going to the store and picking up this and that.
Saving gas money is OK too.
Being able to clean the dogs' enclosure, rinse it, and rinse the car: Great!
Still Not So Good:
I am very tense, looking down, checking for dogs, being really afraid here.
My hair, overdue to be cut before this happened, it is now out of control long. I don't want to go to the hairdresser. My husband has promised to cut it. We'll see how that works out.
Sweeping the kitchen/dining area floors and using the dustpan. I can vacuum though with no problems.
Tying any kind of knots.
Putting on socks. I wear my snowboots outside for now. No socks or shoelaces needed for them.
Angel wishes these boots were going somewhere with her in tow.
What I Feel Really Bad About:It's all about the dogs: I know as I get better, I'll find ways to entertain them and take better care of them, but now…
Look at that face. I feel bad beyond words that I can't walk Soldier or Angel untill I'm well.
Only Princess got the rattlesake vaccine. I would feel so much better if I had been able to take them all.
The dogs and I were having a spa day right before my accident. Princess and Angel got their pedicures, but Soldier, who doesn't like the procedure, did not. With him, I usually do a nail here a claw there before he knows what hit him. They really need to be done so I have to try soon again.
With fire season approaching, I know I will be concerned about getting us all out of here should it come to that. I'm grateful for my neighbor who will help, but I hate to feel so helpless.
Lessons Learned:If you have pets that you can trip over, always keep a light on at night.
If you like to read, keep some unread books in your bookcase. Here are some I had in mine that read and loved.
Don't be afraid to ask your neighbor if you need something.Learn to accept the help of others. Difficult for me, but I'm working on it.
Spend your down-time well:
Be patient – Change will come.
Thanks again for asking how I'm doing and for checking in on me. It means so much to me.