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Annie : The miracle of the human body
Diary entry posted Wed 4:09pm 23 March 2005

Mar 23 You know, I am amazed sometimes at just what the human body can endure, and what it is capable of repairing. For some reason I thought I would look again at my x-rays (I just happen to have them at home right now), and once again it takes my breath away to see my ankle, with the hardware, and realize just what I have done to it. But more than that, I am in total awe of what my body has been able to accomplish in the repair department in just short of 11 weeks. I am walking, total weight-bearing (albeit a bit like Frankenstein), and I am able to stand on my bad foot alone and balance. Yesterday at my PT session, my therapist added one-leg (the bad one) presses, and I was able to do them. At first I was mortified to try, but my leg and foot tolerated them. In fact, my therapist called me an "Ever Ready Bunny" because I just kept going at it. I think it just was so wonderful to feel like I was making progress back to my independence. I said it once before when I was writing, but I will never again underestimate the term "broken" anything. And after having used a wheel chair, crutches (horrible things!), and a walker, I will never again underestimate the utter strength people with permanent disabilities have to get up every day and keep going. How we take for granted so much, until it is gone. I am a true believer as Richard Bach (of Jonathan Livingston Seagull) says, "There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts". I know I have become much more aware and compassionate as a result of this little adventure called my broken ankle. That leads me to another Bach quote, "You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however". Boy, is regaining my foot work. This is quite a mid-life adventure...



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