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Update Central

path-stream-bench (575x600) wmI’ve contemplated whether or not to share updates about my husband’s injury. I mean, this blog was not intended to be all about a recovery, but rather, about life’s lessons, studying human behavior, then learning and growing from it all. Why would people want to read about a man’s two broken feet?

The more I contemplated, the more I realized that the path we are on has lots of lessons to share. With each new day in this crisis, we discover something new about ourselves. For example, we should never sell ourselves short. There are so many things I thought I couldn’t do before this crisis, but now I’m doing them. This isn’t just a lesson for me, but I share it for all. There is a spirit of strength inside all of us.

But I digress, because this blog post is the latest update and lesson on our path.

I know I shared this particular theme before, but it’s always a good reminder. Today’s lesson … gratitude. Let me show you why. Below is a ‘before’ photo.

gmaxsunCheck out his latest ‘after’ photo below.

Gwalkr (800x800)How ’bout that, eh? In the before photo, he could only wear basketball pants with no underwear. Now, he’s wearing jeans, and yes, underwear too. Not to mention, he finally gets to stand to do something that only a man can stand and do. Wink, wink.

No more “house-arrest” for us. Over the weekend we got out to see a movie. What a treat for both of us. Since all he can do is shuffle for the time being, it was exhausting. By the time we arrived home, both of us collapsed. Without going into detail, it’s difficult for both of us to get him around, but still worth every second.

Remember when I blogged about how impossible it seemed for a man to be over the moon simply to wear underwear? (pun intended) Yet, he shouted, “Yay for underwear!”

Well, who knew a man who has to be asked a million times to take out the trash, could actually be happy to do that again.

Gworks (671x800)Can’t go back to work just yet, but rehab starts today.

I must admit, I’ve gotten frustrated at times with all the extra chores that my husband would’ve helped me with before. But, seeing how happy he is to do such a tedious task, it reminded me to be thankful to have the ability to do those things at all.

Such joy it is to have hands and arms to grasp and lift a trash bag, along with legs and feet to walk the trash out of the house. No more overlooking simple every day bodily functions that propel us forward. We’re grateful for them all.

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36 thoughts on “Update Central”

  1. Smiling about that *wink, wink* comment. Also smiling that some of your trials have perhaps abated and your hubby is improving daily. Thank goodness. Good work with that trash, too. πŸ™‚

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  2. Gah, such a good reminder! And you should definitely keep talking about his recovery. We all want to know + it’s your life and your blog + it is really keeping with your initial goals/themes.

    I’m glad he is doing well and that his recovery continues. So so so glad.

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    1. Thanks, Aussa. I have my (local) author friends telling me I need to stick to the nature of my published writing for my platform. But, like you said, it is still really keeping with my theme. Thank you for your supportive words Miss A. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I’m glad you are sharing the details of his recovery. There are so many life lessons coming at you–they beg to be shared. It’s funny the things we take for granted and how grateful we are when we can do them again. I’m so happy he is on his feet again! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey Kourtney. I appreciate your support and kind words, and for rejoicing with us in his forward accomplishments. Have a great weekend.

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  4. I would bet your regular readers are, like me, happy to hear these updates on your husband’s recovery. We form communities in Blog Land, and many of us find ourselves sharing more than our original purpose would have suggested. And yet, the sharing often complements that original purpose for beginning a blog.

    I’m not sure I’d normally want to wear jeans in Florida during the summer, but after a long stretch in nothing but basketball shorts, they’re probably a real treat! πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh Lord, JM, I never wear jeans in the summer here, which is May 1st to mid October. I wear shorts or capris with sleeveless shirts. I’m way to hot-natured. My husband on the other hand, doesn’t have issues with the heat. He normally wears jeans or his work-pants all year round. He was very uncomfortable in those loose fitting, underwear-less basketball shorts. ;-P

      Thank you for the kind words about me posting updates, and for the support you’ve given throughout. I think I needed the updates and support more than I realized. Blessings to you.

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  5. I just found your blog, but needed to tell you that I’m so happy your husband is recovering. I’ve been there, when you think you can’t get through the day as your loved one is broken … and you’re not sure how to handle it all. As I’ve been there before, I’m celebrating for you with your wonderful milestones. πŸ™‚

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  6. I love this update. Such an awesome reminder that everything in life has a purpose. And if we’re open to it, we can learn and grow from it. I can’t imagine how hard it has been for you to keep that attitude of gratitude as you and your hubby deal with the aftermath of his injuries. Thanks for the reminder and the dose of humor that accompanied your message.

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  7. What a beautiful sight, seeing Gary standing tall, you both should be so proud of what you have and will be accomplishing, what a great team you are, You have answered our prayers, Love ya, mamarie&chief

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  8. I’m thrilled for you and your husband, and empathise although from a slightly different and thankfully less painful perspective. Your words “I’ve gotten frustrated at times with all the extra chores…” resonate with me, and the G.O. gets frustrated as well that he can’t help as much as he would like to. But to do so he has to be physically present. And when he leaves the house at 5 am and gets home at 7 pm Mon – Fri it doesn’t accommodate chores although he always claims the after dinner clean up as his right. He feels bad that he’s not around to do his share. It’s something the “women still do most housework” statistics don’t seem to take into consideration… all his [male] colleagues work the same hours, and except for this particular project they’d be working Saturdays as well.
    I’m pleased that your lives are on the road back to normal. You most appreciate ‘everyday mundane’ in its asbence πŸ™‚

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    1. I can empathize with the many chores to do on our own. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to be a single parent. It doesn’t help that I have my own health issues that I battle daily, and struggle with getting things done. I can’t wait until my hubby can help with walking the dog again. Max usually gets 2 walks a day, and not just because he has to go potty, but because he’s a dog who needs lots of exercise. I have not been able to keep up that schedule. He does get one walk each day with me, sometimes two, depending on the day. Hope you find some quiet, relaxing “me” time for you as well. Thanks for your support, EllaDee.

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  9. How wonderful to see him at the next stage of recovery, and what a relief it must have been to get out. I’m dealing with something similar now as I’ve been called out of town unexpectedly to help a family member who suffered a severe surgical complication. Long road ahead.

    Good luck to you both as you continue on this trying journey. Perhaps you’re starting to see just a bit more light now!

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    1. Oh no, Carrie. I’m sorry about your family member having complications. My best wishes to them and you as you get through this. Thank you for your good wishes as well. We’re getting there, slowly but surely.

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