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Overcoming Difficulties

Today is day one of week three, which means it is day fifteen.  I’m half way there!  The letter that came with this week’s journal prompts stated that they were going to move toward teaching us, the people journaling, to explore new options for journaling and help us to be able to journal on our own after the thirty days are up.  I’m enjoying journaling, but posting something on my blog every day is difficult.  When my thirty days are over, I think I’ll transition to writing something two days a week.  I’ll try to write the same two days every week, but it all depends on how I feel, so I can’t make any promises.  To the followers of my blog, you only have to put up with daily posts for about two weeks.  I set out on this journey and I intend to complete it.  I’m not easily defeated and I refuse to give up or give in!

Personal Prompt: Set a timer for 10 minutes. What was the most challenging part of your day? If this is a challenge you have routinely, or one that may persist in the future, what can you do to make things better?

This post is actually a day late, so I’ll be posting yesterday’s and today’s journal entries today.  It’s kind of strange that this personal prompt came up when it did.  I wasn’t able to post this yesterday because I had surgery.

The most challenging part of today was wearing those T.E.D. hose and inflatable things on my legs to prevent blood clots.  I understood they were needed because I was having abdominal surgery and they explained with me being in a wheelchair I was more likely to get blood clots. For anyone who doesn’t have chronic pain, neither the TED hose or the things that pump up would have been a challenge.  My left leg thought the hose and the pump was fine.  However, I have CRPS/RSD in my right leg and it’s painful if anything touches it. The tightness of the anti-embolism stockings, along with the things over them that inflated periodically to keep blood flowing, really made my leg hurt. After waking up from surgery, I asked how long I needed to keep them on. The nurse went ahead and took them off because they were making my pain worse.  It was a lot less painful to do ankle pumps, where you move your foot up and down like you are pushing the brake pedal or gas pedal in a car, than to wear those devices intended to keep blood flowing and prevent blood clots.  All in all it turned out to be a pretty good day.  It’s not a challenge I face everyday. I hope I don’t need surgery again for a long time.

Creative Prompt: Come up with a new episode of your favorite TV show.  Make yourself the guest star.

My sister says I watch old people television.  I don’t watch television much, but when I do, it’s usually reruns of older shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Walton’s, Andy Griffith, and Leave it to Beaver.  It would be difficult for me to be on any of those shows without it making a new version with new cast.  Most of those shows are reruns from before I was born and many of the original stars are no longer living.  I can imagine me on the streets of Mayberry or on Walton Mountain sitting in my wheelchair.

I hate to say it,  but back in those days, I would probably not be allowed to star in a TV show and if I did it would be a short clip and I would have been filmed in a back room hidden away.  People with disabilities used to be locked away in a back room away from everyone else like they were a disgrace.  I’m sure glad I live in today’s world where people with disabilities are accepted as a part of the general public.  Kids might smile, stare, and ask questions their parents are embraced by, but we have come a long way.  While we’ve come a long way, there’s still room for improvement.  By sharing our stories and raising awareness of chronic illnesses, maybe we can make life a little better for those following in our footsteps.

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