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Time to Slow Down

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

These last five years I have taken so much pride in the fact that I've learned to slow down; not only to gather my thoughts but also to keep myself physically safe. Well. . . last weekend I didn't quite adhere to my own advice. I found myself rushing through the house, not paying attention to my surroundings and tripped over the dog, falling onto my weakened left side. The good news is, I was miraculously able to break the fall with my challenged left hand which stopped my head from hitting the floor and may have prevented another brain injury. Unfortunately, I fractured my left hand in the process. I'm now casted from my fingers to my forearm for the next three weeks.

Before this happened, I never realized how much I really used my left hand to help me do so many things each day. Things like holding the toothbrush while I put the toothpaste on it, holding papers down while I write or even using it to scratch my right arm. I've had limited feeling on my left arm since the injury, but now I wonder just how limited the feeling is anymore because with this darn cast my arm is itching like crazy!

Because I consider this such a setback, it has been difficult for me to keep a positive attitude. I find myself feeling very frustrated for many different reasons. I've come so far in this recovery and now something like this takes place and I feel defeated. I find myself thinking...Great! What else can go wrong? But, I know I need to be thankful because it could have been so much worse.

I think this might be a wake up call for me to start slowing down. What do you think?

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8 Comments

Reply Kathy
12:20 PM on March 1, 2012 
Rachel,
I am so sorry to hear about your setback. But I know that you are a very positive person and you have overcome way bigger obstacles than a cast. I try to remind Father Reichert that he has come so far in his recovery from the stroke. He is now saying Mass four times a week and he is keeping up with his PT and OT and is working on using Dragon Dictation now to prepare his sermons. You were truly an inspiration to him while he was in the hospital and at the nursing home. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Reply Amy C.
5:51 PM on February 27, 2012 
Rachel, I'm so sorry to hear about your fracture. I hope you heal fast!

I wanted to tell you I can understand. After going though what we have, one would think life is supposed to be easer. I used to think the gsw my one experience in life. It will always be the biggest, but there will always other experiences that do slow us...a bit. I always think "well... got through that...I'm ok. Things will be ok". And they will. Try to remind yourself how STRONG YOU ARE! :)
This will pass. Hugs!
Reply sami
4:03 PM on February 24, 2012 
with all what you wrote and the comments you got yes the slowing down is what you need and taking break from life rush is all we need so our mind can cleard from unneccsary splash thouts
good luck
your still my inspiration as i am writting to you away from my home(kuwait )in czech repaplic with my father in arehapitation center next to Germany border promot village
sincerly yours osama
Reply Tina, Chris & Cadance
3:33 PM on February 24, 2012 
Yes, I do believe slowing down is just what Heaven wants you to do. Try not to look at it as a setback - look at a time out period - a time for rest. Your blog entry speaks for itself, Rach. You were able to break your fall with Lefty. If something had to get hurt I know you agree that a fractured hand is better than a brain injury. You have already said that you are recognizing how much progress you have actually made with Lefty. Maybe Heaven just wanted you to really realize just how far you've come with it! Your positive attitude is a huge reason of why you have recovered as well as you have. Try not to lose that. I know some days are better than others, but your attitude determines your actions. I've never known you to give up so keep trucking doll! Use this time for reflection - it will prove useful to you in the near future. I love you!
Reply Teresa Mauricio
2:54 PM on February 24, 2012 
Hi Rachel, you are blessed with grace to discern the meaning of "slowing down"...Your guardian angel must have been watching you so closely. I thank God for you and how you grow everyday in handling every circumstance that life throws at you!!! Yes, keep thanking the Lord in all circumstances especially those that are quite challenging and mysterious to our nature. You are in my daily rosary, Rachel! May the Crucified and Risen Lord always guide your path. love, Teresa Mauricio
Reply Aunt Shawn
1:49 PM on February 24, 2012 
Rachel, you are right - don't think about what else can go wrong, be thankful you didn't hit your head. Don't be too hard on yourself for being down about this, because in general, you are one of the most positive people on earth! I'm sorry you have to deal with a cast. I know they're no fun. You are still quite the living miracle and we thank God for you every day! You are an inspiration to all. See you soon, Sweetie! Love you! :-)
Reply Aunt Val
8:16 AM on February 24, 2012 
Gosh Rachel ... I thought I was the only one that tripped over things? Not that long ago I tripped over my own feet and fell down a few stairs. Thought for sure I sprained my ankle by the way it felt, but being built like a true Barezinsky and Rozsa, it wasn't anything major to deal with.
I agree with Ian ... being able to use your left hand to break the fall without hitting your head are all positive actions that were made possible on your road to recovery.
Hang in there pretty girl ... can't wait to sign the cast when I get to see you in March!
Love,
Aunt Val ♥ ♥ ♥
Reply Ian Barton
8:48 PM on February 23, 2012 
Hello Rachel
My first impression as I was reading your blog was that you seemed happy that you had progressed so much that you were able to use your left arm to break your fall and I think you should be celebrating that. Do you think that would have been the case, say 3 years ago? Possibly not but as you say it could have been far worse but your hard work up till now paid off when it needed to so that is an enormous plus. You should wear the broken hand as a bit of a trophy as to what could have been the alternative.
Lots of love and try and remain positive because it has worked wonders for you so far.
Ian & Rosanna
Wynn Vale
Sth Australia