You know that old proverb…”before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes?” Well, I am definitely understanding that saying ALOT right now…although I really can’t walk a foot, much less a mile. Ha. When my mom went through Cancer many years ago, I thought I understood it because hello, I’m her daughter and I’m also a woman. That was until I had Cancer myself and realized how MUCH I truly did not understand the pain and suffering that is Cancer.
Well such is the case with my newly broken foot that I got from falling UP the stairs. (Takes true talent to do that!) I have NEVER broken anything before so I just assumed it happened, it hurt, you got a cast and called it a day. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Let me just break it down for you. I broke my RIGHT foot which means in addition to not being able to, oh I dunno, WALK, I also can’t drive. Anywhere. The orthopedic doctor told me I may not even be able to drive for up to three-four MONTHS. I can’t even. I work from home so that is good but I am the one who takes our girls to AND from school. I drive the girls to their Dr’s appts. I grocery shop. I am the errand runner. I am the Mom. I need to drive. On top of the mom and wife responsibilities, let’s talk about the shallow ones for a minute. I can’t meet a girlfriend for lunch or dinner. I can’t drive to a work meeting, work event, I basically can’t go anywhere BY MYSELF. I can’t just hop in the car and run to the Walmart or Target. I can’t just hop in the car and go ANYWHERE for months. It’s like being on house arrest. lol I’m like Teresa Giudice from Real Housewives of New Jersey! 😉
Just for giggles, let me share with you how just many things you CANNOT do with one foot…
Get up and down the stairs. Yep. My triceps are gonna be AH-mazeballs though after this with how many times I have to scoot up and down the stairs on my tush and having to use my arms to push me up and down. Yahhhhh, you know what’s also up the stairs? THE LAUNDRY MACHINES. So there is that.
Have you ever tried getting up from the potty with ONE foot? No? Yah, me either. Ladies (and gentleman) try it today. Really. Put your right foot out and try and push yourself up off the potty and then hop away on that left foot and then turn around and hop back and try and sit down using just your LEFT foot.
I can’t take my dog out to go to the bathroom. Thank God for sweet neighbors who come over and take him out. God Bless you Sandy, you are a lifesaver!
Do you know how hard it is to put Spanx all while balancing on your left foot?! lol I thought I had pretty good tree pose balance when I’ve done Yoga before but balancing that long while trying to pull your sausage casing Spanx up over your thighs…that’s a whole other level of difficulty. I was a hot sweaty mess after it was over.
Try brushing your teeth, getting dressed, washing your face, all while leaning on the counter and balancing on one foot. Your left one. I have never hopped so much in my life.
Because we ordered a chair with four small wheels for my mom for our Disney Birthday weekend trip for her, thankfully, I’ve been able to borrow that to get around but boy does that exhaust your left foot with having to push yourself around. I was also fortunate enough to borrow a knee scooter which is what I think I am gonna use for said Disney trip in less than three weeks. Thank you God for Heather, her fiance Kyle and Alisa for getting that scooter to me. So I have a knee scooter for downstairs and mom’s chair with wheels for upstairs. And thank you God also for Cast Coverz who is sending me a care package for my cast, my boot which I will get in a few weeks and then crutches. Crutches. Good gravy. Don’t even get me started. I could write a whole post on just how LAME I am on crutches. My arms hurt, I wobble, my underarms hurt. I really look like a complete and utter spaz on crutches. lol
I taught a Back to School Essentials Oils class this weekend because life has to go on so I did it from my wheelchair. But doing anything while in pain takes so much more energy. I was pretty exhausted after I was done. In fact, I’m pretty exhausted all of the time now.
Just getting the girls up and ready in the morning and wheeling around the kitchen on a knee scooter is insane. And my littlest one hasn’t even gone back to school yet.
Oh and the injuries you sustain while having a broken foot. Who knew?! I ran into the wall walking with my crutches. Stubbed my left toes while crutching. Learned the hard way NOT to wear flip flops anymore. I also ran over my left toes with my knee scooter, fell OFF the knee scooter and tried to catch myself with my RIGHT and BROKEN foot…yahhhh, that hurt. Rammed my left foot into the fridge and never mind how many times I have rammed my BROKEN cast foot into something. Yes I cried with every single one.
Plus the nausea from the pain. Sigh.
Sooooooo why am I telling you all of this? Because if you have NEVER broken anything, like I hadn’t…remember that saying…be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. You just don’t know. It’s such a great saying for anything though. And is my battle hard? Am I trapped in my house? Sure, lol, but good gravy, it’s just a foot and it’s a total pain in the tush but I am alive! I don’t have Cancer anymore. My Momma Jane is feeling better and is able to help me with driving Lily to school and getting me around. Praise the Lord for her and for my neighbors and friends and their offers to help. I’m fiercely independent and I’m learning how to depend on others! It’s a good lesson! This has been the FOURTH time in less than four months that our family has gone to the ER but it’s life. We’ve had a rough 2016 but things can always be worse. In the scheme of our lives, this is just another blip on our radar and there are so many other people who need our prayers more. People who are truly suffering. So let’s be a little extra kind and pray a little extra hard for them today and appreciate what we have.
Not only are we going to Disney in a few weeks to do the Halloween party for the first time, we’re gonna celebrate my mom’s birthday, have quality family time AND celebrate life…together! La vie est belle….life is beautiful. Broken foot and all!
XO Surviving Mommy