|Yes, This is the new me!|
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in being a stroke survivor and full of regret over what we lost that we lose sight over what is really important.
Yes, the destination of trying to be whole again is important. We get so wrapped up in relearning and rehab that we fail to remember that journey is just as crucial if not more so in importance.
I was reminded of that this day. I was making corn dogs in my cake pop maker. They are little and just the right size for my 22 month old grandson, James, to eat. I was engrossed with being grandma and spending time with my grandson. Yes, the fact that I'm paralyzed on one side is a factor. Yes, I'm having to sit on a chair to cook because of balance issues with an ear infection. Yes, he's having to hold a bag so I can put them in so he can take some home. He got the hot dogs out of the package so I could cut them up. James stirred in the hot dogs into the corm muffin mix while I held the bowl. He set the twisting wind up timer for the cooking time. Not always correctly, but he isn't yet two years old.
BUT the value of the time spent with him was priceless.
He didn't care that I couldn't do some things. James only cared that I was spending quality time with him. He's a helpful little bugger with a giving spirit. Gee, I wonder where he gets that from? Currently, he's entered the terrible twos tantrum stage so it's best to keep him busy.
You may notice that I've cut my hair into a pixie style. No fuss. No muss. Though I've tried keeping my longer hair neat and out of my face, it was a no win situation one handed. Hair is not important besides it will grow back. Back to the issue at hand...
Embracing what you can achieve after your stroke is a positive. Rocking your child, cooking a meal even if it's a nuke 'em meal, or if you're managing to do one thing with some adaptation of your old life it is precious. It should nourish your soul and encourage you to try other new old things. I often compare myself to James since my stroke except now in some ways he has surpassed me in learning. I watch his trial and error how he accomplishes goals. In his trial and errors he has actually taught this old grandma how to do a few other things. Adaptability is common in youngsters, it's just that we, as survivors, have aged out of the exploration stage so it's harder.
|Yes Jeremy, I swiped your pic!|
I should be so lucky...
- as to be two years old instead of my age and having to relearn certain things.
- as to have a young, nimble body that doesn't revolt.
- as to have the joy of exploration for the first time.
- as to having a loving and caring person show me the ropes.
Nothing is impossible with determination.