Thursday, 20 September 2018

You don't know how lucky you are

I'm sitting here between clients, 6-weeks post injury.  It's been a long month and a half.  I finished my second rehab session last night, and started walking without crutches for the first time in 6-weeks. It was mind blowing how "strange" and "awkward" it felt.  It was re-learning the movement pattern again, which I've never experienced in my life!

I'm at the point now where I can walk, as normal as possible, for 10-20min every hour, and build up slowly over the next few days.  It's incredible how the body works, breaks down, re-builds and adapts. As much as this entire process has been brutal on me, mentally and physically (sorry I keep whining about it), it's been an eye opening experience into a whole other aspect of health. 

I've never so badly in my life wanted to do the little things that we all take for granted; 

  • Go up the stairs without using the railing (and on two legs instead of one)
  • Go for a nice walk outside
  • Take the garbage out
  • Poopey-scoop the backyard
  • Go for a jog
  • Jump, play and be silly
Those are just a few examples.  I joke with my clients and share the story of how in week 2 post-injury, my wife had to cut the grass because it was getting so long (as if she doesn't have enough on her plate. She's honestly a superhero!!).  I so desperately wanted to help and do "my job" at home, that I was out with my crutches, and my stupid boot, watching her cut the grass, just wishing I could do it.  

I've been asking myself over these weeks, "how could anyone ever not want to be active or just do things!?" I think of the times where I was just simply "lazy" and passed on the opportunity to go for a quick run or even a walk along the water.  We truly don't know how lucky we are until that ability or option is taken away from us! Until you experience an injury or condition that prevents you from doing things, you don't realize how hard it is doing the simplest things.  All tasks are harder, more thought has to go into every move and every task in order to do it, and it takes more out of you.  I've said it before that I feel like I'm whining and being a baby, but again, I've never experienced this before in my almost 37 years of life.  I can't imagine a more severe injury, soldiers who lose limbs, people with permanent disabilities who have to find a new way to live and do things on a permanent basis.... Wow! 

Our health is 100% a blessing and we should NOT take advantage of it.  It is a gift that can very quickly be taken from us.  We need to learn to be thankful for the ability to move and take care of ourselves. You don't have to go to a gym to be healthy or buy fancy equipment; you just need to move everyday and eat well often.  It doesn't need to be complicated, but it needs to be consistent and above all, it should damn well be appreciated that you can do whatever it is you choose to do, no matter how big or small the task!!