Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Today is the second anniversary of Norm’s new life.

Two years ago, a ladder slipped in the garage, Norm fell and hit his head on the cement floor and broke his neck. We spent several days in the hospital while my folks and my brother took care of our animals and got ready for a late Thanksgiving.

Norm and I spent Thanksgiving in the hospital – not a good place to be at any time, but a not-gooder place to be during holidays. But we were filled with thanks, all the same. Norm, while in pain, was thankful that he HAD pain and I was thankful that we were IN the hospital, not somewhere worse!

This was a life-changing event in many ways! Norm was through working full time – and through working for over six months – and went on Social Security Disability. He learned to take it easier than before and not work quite as hard. He learned to ask for help. He learned to slow down and get things done at a slower pace. He learned to have patience with himself and give himself a break, a nap, a cup of tea, a foot-up book reading session.

I learned that Norm is not invincible and can’t do everything. I learned to have patience and realize that things will get done, but at a slower pace. I learned to appreciate my husband even more than I had before and be grateful. I learned what it was to be afraid .. really afraid.

And we both learned to “stop and smell the roses” – to enjoy watching birds for an hour rather than doing something “constructive” – to enjoy being together And we learned to be very, very grateful for life.

In the "halo" he wore for 3 months

There's a hard collar underneath his neck scarf - but he's back to "work"

Nearly normal - only minor neck aches and twinges unless he's too active

Which makes every day a beautiful day. You have a beautiful day!


Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What a wonderful story of things we need to be thankful for.

Kati said...

Happy Thanksgiving Connie & Norm!!!! And glad to hear that Norm is feeling worlds better than 2 years ago. Truly something to be thankful for.

grandma rosie said...

Dear Old Norm! I do remember this. So glad he healed quickly and got back to his wonderful full life. You two are amazing. I love you both!

Sonia said...

A Very Happy Thanksgiving Connie and Norm!

What a beautiful and wise words, Connie! It's a good example to all of us, indeed!

Many hugs!