Things I will never again take for granted

-The mobility of my right shoulder/arm to open a jar, wash my hair, use a mouse, drive a car, get dressed, play Wii, apply lotion, cut vegetables, sign my name, blow my nose…

-The ability to go for a run, or perform any exercise whatsoever. It’s painfully difficult for me to sit around on the couch all day long.

-The option of sleeping in my big comfy bed (I can’t lie down).

I’m frustrated that I can’t take care of myself and have to idea how long this could go on for.

I have been more or less stranded on the couch since Saturday. I can get up and down as long as I am careful not to jostle the shoulder, but there’s really nowhere to go except the washroom since I can’t do anything.

All I can say is thank goodness for my family and friends or I would be starving to death and rotting in my own filth, not to mention bored stupid.

I have my moments of stress over work, money, my weight or running and other moments of helplessness, loneliness and self-pity, but I am trying to just focus on resting and healing. I’m hanging in there.

I hope to get some more answers at my appointment on Monday, but for now the pain seems to be about the same. It is manageable, as long as I don’t move too much.

Thank you so much for all of your comments – I have been overwhelmed by your outpouring of care, concern and support.


33 thoughts on “Things I will never again take for granted

  1. This too shall pass, Marlene, and you’ll come out better from it (bionic arm, anyone?).When I dislocated my shoulder, I was able to sleep on my other side and propped a couple of pillows up on my back to keep me on my side.At least this gives you an excellent reason to be lazy!

  2. I can’t imagine having to deal with all of that right now and still maintaining such a postive attitude like you are! Me? I’d be spewing profanity between shoving fistfuls of pain killers.

  3. {hugs} i know how hard it is to not be able to do something you so badly want to do… sucks, but you will heal, and you will be back out there kickin’ butt. Plus, just think about how nice it’s been not having to shovel lol. I hope you get some good info on monday.

  4. I was always told “This to shall pass”. It may seem it never will but eventually there will be a time that this will be a distant memory. I hope this virtual hug will help.

  5. Hang in there! I have been in your position several times and it truly is the worst feeling. You have an amazing attitude, keep it up and you will be back on your feet in no time.

  6. I’m so sorry Marlene, that really sucks. My mom broke both of her wrists once and required constant care. Hang in there, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you heal quickly. You will be back at it in no time, I am sure!

  7. I wish there was something I could do to help. I keep thinking how awful this must be while your husband is away. It sounds like you have good friends and family helping you though.As for not taking the ability to exercise for granted – I feel the same way now. Too bad it takes something like an injury or illness to “see the light”

  8. I just posted about how I’m swamped and haven’t been able to comment on blogs…but I had to check in on you. I feel so bad. Hang in there!! I’m sure it’s so frustrating and upsetting. You’ll be better in no time.

  9. big huge virtual hug!! (that doesn’t hurt of course)hope it eases up so you don’t have to wish the weekend by, and that monday comes sooner that it feels like it will!

  10. Words my daddy always said when things weren’t going good or I thought he was working me too hard, “If it doesn’t kill, then I’m not working you hard enough”. This too shall pass and you’ll be stronger and work harder.

  11. Marlene, this is certainly a setback for you any way you look at it. I can’t blame you for being frustrated, depressed, and angry about the way things happened. Two years ago I was hit by a car when riding my bike. One of my injuries was a broken scapula, along with 8 ribs, so believe me I know all the things you are going through. Some things you have going for you are: you are young, you will heal fast(er); you already had the determination to lose weight and train for a marathon, so that won’t go away; and you do have friends, family, and the blog world to see you through this. I am betting you will come out of this with more determination and build more strength to see you through to your next goal. Be patient with the healing though and good luck!

  12. Hi I’m a new runner and I love finding running bloggers. I am so impressed that you have run a marathon. My goal is to do at least one but for now I’m sticking to the halfs and lower.Sorry to read about your injury. I hope you get better soon.

  13. What a sucky situation with the hubby far away!! At least you know you’re well surrounded even without him! Take care of yourself, self-pity is totally normal. I would go crazy attached to the couch!

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