Like many people, at this time of the year I think about the things for which I am grateful.
This year’s list is particularly long because I fractured my shoulder in August. The pain and limited range of motion have made me grateful for many things I took for granted before the accident, such as:
- Typing (with both hands)
- Buttoning a shirt
- Rolling over in bed
- Putting on socks
- Tying shoes
- Buckling a belt
- Picking up the cat
- Getting things from a cupboard
- Cooking (“slicing and dicing”)
- Threading a needle
- Grabbing a seat belt
- Using scissors
- Peeling an orange
- Putting on earrings
- Picking fruit
- Putting drops in my eyes
- Shaking hands (with my right hand)
- Washing hair (with both hands)
- Putting on (and taking off) a coat
- Wearing pullover tops
- Opening a jar, can or tube.
I have definitely improved since those first pain-killer-infused days, and can do some of these things now. I look forward to doing the others in the future.
I am also grateful for the many people who helped me, and am even more inspired by the hosts of people who overcome much greater challenges every day.