Three weeks ago I had surgery to reattach an Achilles tendon. I’d been told it would be a slow, somewhat painful recovery, and I tried to prepare myself without knowing what that really meant. What I have learned is that it would be extremely difficult to go it without help, and I’m sure that applies to many situations that life sends our way.
The hubby has been fantastic leaving me alone only long enough to go work out or pick up what is needed from the grocery. He has helped me do all the hard things like get to the shower. He has brought me every meal which I can tell you he never expected to do. He has kept all these electronic things that we depend on charged. Most of all he has kept my spirits up, and that is a really big deal when you are helpless.
Always I’ve appreciated friends, but never more than now. They have been more than generous with food and time and little happys to make me smile. As a result, friendship has a whole new meaning and I am keenly aware that I need to work at being a better friend.
Quite honestly, I was very unprepared for being unable to do for myself so if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, here are some tips.
Be prepared. Find out what equipment will be helpful at home. There are all kinds of apparatus that make every day things easier.
Be in shape. Laying around does nothing to strenghten your body so the time you have spent exercising will pay off.
Think about what you’d like to have handy….phone, books, computer, toiletries….and have them in place.
Be grateful. No matter what the situation, find something to be grateful for each day. It makes a big difference.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The simplest things may be more of a challenge than you think and a helping hand is a gift.
Don’t try to tough it out. There are days when it’s OK to admit that the going is hard and maybe shed a tear or two.
Finally, mind the doctor. The goal is recovery and that will happen a lot quicker if you don’t change the rules.
I’m hoping all of you are well, but if you are going through a hard time, let me know and I will at least say a prayer for you.
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