Ended 2011 in an amazing way, and started 2012 with a challenge! Day after Christmas, Gary, Daniel, my brother David, and I went to Ft. Lauderdale — we had an awesome place right on the beach. Met up with Lizzy there, and had a great vacation… celebrated New Year’s Eve, and ran along the beach, and saw Robin, Michelle and their beautiful family… Then, on New Year’s Day, just before our plane home, Gary and I went for a “last run” in nice weather along the beach. Ran the whole 5 mile run and then crossed the street to get back to the hotel, and I missed a curb and WHAM… flew into the middle of the street and hit my ELBOW first — full fledged SMASH… (don’t worry, I tucked my iPhone in so I didn’t hit it — I was subconsciously worried about it because I took the case off before I ran so I could charge the case — I really think that’s why I smashed into my elbow vs my hand). As soon as I went down, I felt that familiar feeling — like a 50 pound weight replaced my arm — and I knew it was broken.
Off to the hospital FAST in such pain I thought I was going to black out. There they discovered that I broke my proximal humerus bone in two places, and had a small fracture in my elbow radial bone. They can only put your arm in a sling for however long it takes to heal and start PT at about 3-4 weeks (I start this week).
Was able to go on a Cruise the following weeks, although on pain pills the entire time. As frustrating as it was not to be able to do anything active, we LOVED the time with Tony and Jeannine, and it was awesome to be waited on hand and foot and NOT need to do any thing at all! Jeannine did my hair, and all I had to do with assistance was get dressed and sit around! My biggest challenge was walking with one arm in front of the broken one so no one bumped into it. Jeannine helped by calling out “BROKEN ARM COMING, BROKEN ARM COMING!!!!” which I found to be quite comforting!!! We made memories for a lifetime despite the sling!!!
Now it’s recovery time. I have been entertained by my beautiful kids coming over, and Gary has taken me up north a few times. Still in a lot of pain and not going out unless absolutely necessary, but it is getting better every day! My beautiful friends have encouraged me with cards, notes, and Cory, Raquel, and of course my Mommy even brought over dinner —
I’m learning to chill and focus on the things I CAN do rather than what I can NOT do — makes for a way better attitude and helps the whole process!
Know that 2012 is going to be an amazing year. I just have to begin it by knowing that whether I am going through “ups” or “downs” with the Lord at my side I am more than a conqueror through Him!