Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Last Thursday I had to head back to the doctor due to extreme pins and needles(nerve) pain in my ankle. They wanted to make sure the cast was fitting correctly and there wasn't an infection or something else going on. Fortunately, it wasn't anything serious. They were able to pad a new cast differently and give me a different medication that will help with nerve pain.
As we were sitting in the waiting room waiting to be called back, a woman and her husband sat down across from us. The woman looked to be in her upper 30's and physically fit. She was sitting in a wheel chair because her one leg was missing just below the knee. As we sat and waited, we couldn't help but overhear bits of their conversation. As they were talking, she was extremely positive and upbeat.
Then she struck up a conversation with me asking how much longer I needed to have my cast on. I told her with any luck I would get a walking boot on June 16. Her response was "Casts are the worst thing. Granted it's annoying to have my leg cut off but casts are worse!"
Ok, so let's back up the conversation...she said it was "annoying" to have her leg permanently cut off but a temporary cast was worse?!? Now that's some positive perspective!
For the first time in my life I didn't want to be called back to a room right away. I really wanted to continue our conversation and hear more of her story but as luck would have it, I did get called right after that statement.
Her one statement has impacted me greatly. I will probably never run into this woman again but what she said and her positive attitude will stick with me forever.
It really is all about perspective isn't it? We get so wrapped up in what's going on with us that we forget there are others out there who are struggling as well and have much bigger challenges to deal with.
I am committed to keep things in perspective. Yes, there has been pain and yes, I've had to humble myself and ask for help and yes, my dirty house is starting to get to me but this is all temporary. In a few short months, I should be back to normal and going full speed ahead again while others have longer term issues to deal with. So, for now, I will keep things in perspective.