I was totally looking forward to Week #21 of the MKMMA program; reading new Haanel is something I greatly anticipate and the discussion about the subject of Miracles, well, that was just the best. I cried and marveled, once again, that we truly are miracles of nature!!
Then life handed me another one of those unexpected moments, which I hadn’t planned on writing about, but here I am, compelled to share.
I was pruning my lime tree in the back yard, feeling blissful about being in our yard, but also careful as my partner just had foot surgery two weeks ago and I am his primary caregiver. I was almost done, when suddenly it felt like somebody YANKED the ladder out from underneath me. There I was, as the orthopedic doc described it; “Ursula, sky-diving without a parachute!” I was touched that he showed a sense of humor. While the event was traumatic, everything fell into place quickly (no pun intended); a friend found me within ten minutes after the accident occurred, I got ice on the foot that was clearly injured and another friend got me to the ER, all within the hour. I felt blessed for being conscious the whole time, and I stayed present and aware while emergency care was being administered. This was a completely new experience for me.
As the day evolved, I found out that two other dear friends were precariously balanced on THEIR ladders and tractor buckets AT THE SAME TIME AS ME! I am telling myself a story that I am the “Fall Guy – or Girl (as the case may be)” because they would have been hurt much more than me, as they were much higher up in the trees. To me it is proof that we are all magically connected. I also like knowing that they are safe and sound, and as it turns out, they are taking really good care of my partner and me. My diagnosis is that I have an unusual heel break, which will require a fair amount of rehabilitation, but no surgery! As far as I am concerned, all of this is a miracle.
I am also deeply moved and emotional about the extraordinary kindness friends have been showing us by driving us to appointments, bringing food, movies, books, vacuuming the house, taking care of our dog, doing laundry – well the list is endless – all without being asked! I have such heart-felt gratitude for all of their expressions of love and concern. As one friend put it; “love is NOT just an emotion, it is also a verb!” The emails and phone calls have been very comforting too.
The only thing is, every time someone walks into the house, they start laughing and then apologize for being insensitive at seeing the two of us with crutches and wheelchairs. They say things like there should be a sign that says M*A*S*H unit, they ask us if we were kick-boxing, they wonder out loud if we will be holding wheelchair races and they joke about the fact that we make such a pair, and so on. Did I mention we injured the same foot?
Really, the laughter is welcome and very healing.Take care everyone!