Always Thankful For Those Sharing Thanksgiving Goodwill – For the next five weeks, we normally align our posts with related thankful cruise holiday incidents and news. However this year, I’m going to give you a window into the things we personally are thankful for. This past year has been a huge challenge for both my husband and me. On March 8, I had a treadmill accident at the Ballard Seattle gym I attended, which rendered my left arm useless with a rotator cuff tear which has not healed.
My left-hand fingers are like rubber. This means, for the past eight months, I’ve been typing with one finger on my right hand, unable to type with two hands by touch, it’s been a very slow, one finger hunt and peck process to create articles, unlike the articles of the past 20 years. This has severely slowed down my ability to whip out articles in a flash and has resulted in far too much of my time spent traveling to and visiting doctors, physical therapy, massage therapy, surgical consults and coping with the resulting physical and emotional pain from my recent disability. Those productive 18-hour workdays, seven days a week, are now just a fond memory of my former invigorated youth.
I’m very thankful to the Swedish team who have been trying to repair this old broken body. Yesterday, I had a consult with a Rehabilitation Specialist, who has ordered a new treatment after diagnosing me with “frozen shoulder” (see video below), which involves using ultrasound while a syringe needle is inserted into the joint, followed by more physical therapy. It’s my last shot at being able to return to two-hand normal activities, but it may take two treatments to heel the injury – whatever it takes. It will take another six to twelve months to heel after more physical therapy.
The only other option is surgery, which at age 65, is not advised. The surgeon said that the operation would take two years to completely heal, at which time I would likely need surgery again, repeating an endless circle. So, I will not be a good candidate for surgery.
The time frame right now for becoming whole again is perfect, as we begin the next era of our life, finding the land, building and living in a tiny home community in Spring 2020. While I could certainly help build our tiny home with one arm, two arms would greatly increase the time and strength I will have to contribute to the physical challenge. Our plan is to have live videos during the build, so you will get to see how well that plan works out, in real-time.
Gary, love of my life and CTO of the Cruise Ship Wave Network was in a vehicle accident earlier this year and has been getting treatment at the Seattle VA Medical Center for hip and back injuries, which increased his more minor injuries sustained while in the military for thirteen years. Now, walking with the assistance of a cane, he drives UBER, helps me with our webs and assists me at home with tasks I’m unable to complete by myself alone, or without assistance. He is absolutely my biggest, most powerful blessing.
I loving call this The Crippled Report. I can’t begin to tell you how very blessed I feel that injury is affecting my already weak left arm, which has never fully recovered from the stroke I had a couple of years ago. Having my dominant, strong hand and arm to do important things like working the websites, shopping, cooking, cleaning, washing my hair and bathing has been a huge blessing – and yes hunting and pecking. I’m also blessed with family and a spouse who cares for, guides, advises and loves me and so very blessed to live in a community where we are safe, warm and have easy access to the best of everything America has to offer.
We hope your Thanksgiving blessings are many and you have a safe, loving and healing holiday.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays to occur in Germany and Japan.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places.
Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a well-recorded 1619 event in Virginia. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia marked the first celebration.
Video: Frozen shoulder – Mayo Clinic Radio