Okay so we know it’s been 3+ years now since that fateful day in June 2016 when hip surgery went wrong and left me #paralyzed from the waist down, but it’s been almost 1 year since I started blogging again. I thought I’d recap and summarize my year of blogging about #LivingThisParalyzedLife, some good, some bad, some happy, and oh yes, some sad, but all the while a real life learning adventure.
On October 20, 2018, I wheeled up to my computer and opened my “Wonderful Wonders” blog for the first time in nearly 5 years! As I stared at the keyboard, I thought, It’s Been A Long Time….I’ve Missed You and so it began. I reintroduce myself to those that followed me previously (hoping there would still be some 😉), this time as a #paraplegic #little_person.
Initially Wonderful Wonders was all about the wonderful people, places and things my honey and I use to LOVE to see and do in and around the #Hudson Valley. Now as a #little person and a #paraplegic, traveling around is without a doubt challenging and sometimes just impossible, both emotionally and physically for both me and my honey.
Though it may have been too soon after becoming #paralyzed we did it anyway, Taking A Chance & Road Trips had always been our style and together my honey believed we could do it. I’m not going to lie, while we had a good time, there were also moments I’d wish we hadn’t gone, but I needed to try for my honey and we needed to try for us.
As the holidays grew closer, #Thanksgiving – Today’s Thankfulness Is In My Past was and still is what I’m most thankful for. When I first became paralyzed I struggled when talking with “friends/family” because they either didn’t want to hear or couldn’t accept some of what I was saying, it’s like no one understood Honesty Doesn’t Mean Depressed, well not depressed all the time.
As #Christmas approached, I found myself feeling very emotional, very nostalgic. thinking of and remembering my childhood, thinking of my brother who had passed 59 days after I was left paralyzed, as I thought All I Want For Christmas Is. . .
Of course being a paralyzed little person brings a unique set of problems that I think most average height people, both paralyzed and not, don’t think of, the inability to transfer from one place to another (bed to/from #wheelchair, etc.) such as the toilet. Yup, so, needing to have someone lift me from my wheelchair to the toilet raises yet another challenge, how do I get a pair of jeans/pants down or up when I can’t stand. So, this now forces me to wear only dresses. Because I very rarely wore dresses when I was able to walk, well, I was now forced to buy several dresses, basically replace my entire wardrobe, hey, A Girl’s Gotta Do What A Girl’s Gotta Do! Not only is this another tremendous expense in itself but factor in EVERYTHING I purchase requires shorting/alterations!
2019 was in sight and I was “Peaking” Into A New Year. Still not sure what the future held, not sure if I even wanted a future, but none the less, life was going to carry with or without me whether I was ready or not.
So as I summarize my first year of re-blogging, this was a summary of my thoughts and feelings from Q4 2018 when I began blogging again, almost 1 year ago. Stay tuned for a summary of Q1 2019 thoughts and feelings.
As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!
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