Easier Said … Than Done
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter
Yesterday, I wanted to get out of the house. I rode with Skip to Walmart to pick up a few things. It was easier said than done.
Normally, I would just go get into the pickup, Expedition … and I’d be ready to go. Not so easy … ‘now’.
‘Now’ … I have to think things out ahead of time. I am on crutches … and like when it’s raining I need to think before I take a step.
If one isn’t careful … a crutch can cause one to slip, fall … that would be a bad thing. I found that out at Walmart. They don’t have rugs on the floor when you enter … my crutch slipped. Thankfully, I was being careful. I can’t stand anymore pain!
I made it to the electric shopping cart. Did I say how grateful I am that such things exist? I am! It made keeping up with Skip good. I was afraid I would be embarrassed to ride one of the carts … I found that I’m not at all.
I can say the only thing I wish for is a place to keep one’s leg straight … I did ride in a lot of pain. But … at the same time I felt so happy to be out of the house, doing something I love to do. So, I’m not complaining at all.
I notice most people go out of their way to be nice, helpful. I’m so glad because I know there are many people who are permanently disabled who have to use the electric shopping carts, crutches, and wheelchairs and all sorts of things. I’m glad to know … most people will treat them good.
I will say that in this new journey of mine … I’ve seen two rude women who stepped in line in front of me … just like I wasn’t there. I wonder how many people do that to people who are disabled? Act like they aren’t there?
Well, the first time it happened, I did speak softly and tell the woman that I thought the line began behind me. It completely pissed the woman off. I really wished I hadn’t said anything. So, the second time it happened … I didn’t say anything. Shame on the women … I’m going to get better … but, what about the people who won’t get better?
I have to cancel the appointment with the orthopedic doctor tomorrow. That’s because no one has been forthcoming with the insurance information … a doctor won’t touch me unless I have that information … or hundreds of dollars to pay up front.
I made the appointment thinking by that time tomorrow … the restaurant would come up with the info I need. In the future … I will remember the extra pain I’ve been in since October 3rd. No one has had any mercy on me … I have suffered.
I find it difficult to come out of the house to the porch. There’s a step just outside the door. I have a time going down it … onto the porch. Then, there are 3 steps to get down from the porch … I have another time going down them.
My whole life is affected by this accident … going to bed is difficult for the pain. Just to get up into bed can make me begin crying. I don’t do it out loud … if Skip is home, he becomes upset seeing me suffer. I want him to know everything will be alright. I’m like that about him. It’s because we are so close … we feel each other’s pain. We speak each other’s thoughts.
Getting out of bed … same thing. It’s very hard to move a leg with a broken knee cap, gracious. Sometimes, I can’t help but, to cry out … I try not to. Did I say some things are easier said … than done?
Note by this Author:
My whole life has been affected by my accident on October 03, 2015. I still need medical attention … hopefully this week I will find out what I need to begin getting it. Today is October 11th.
When I share my new journey with you … know that I don’t complain at all. I tell you how it feels … I can’t complain. Why can’t I complain? Because I’m a 16 year cancer survivor … and I’ve faced death since … I’m so thankful to be here!
I’m so grateful to be alive … I really try to make the best of what Life puts before me. I try to learn from every experience … when I walk in others’ shoes I know what they go through … when they become my shoes. This way I know first-hand what they go through. When I am well … I will be one of the first people to help someone when I’m out and about. I will know what to look for. I am still learning.
It’s easier to say something now … than to do it. If I want a drink of water … I go through a lot to get it. I don’t just get up, go get it like I did, before. To go to the bathroom, take a bath … neither is easy to do ‘now’. I’m grateful that in the long run … I manage to get it all done … no matter how painful.
Do I feel sorry for myself? Oh no, I never do that no matter what! I try to recover from the shock of something happening and deal/cope with what’s in front of me. This is no different. I’m going to come out on top of it all.
Photo/true story owned, written by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.