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Wide Awake

Wide Awake

Greetings one and all…

It is a glorious day in Denver. Consequently, I am sitting outside in my backyard enjoying the sunshine, blue skies, and refreshing breezes. I know it’s a work day. But I am following my doctor’s orders. Since we last chatted, much has happened in my world. If you will recall, I shared a recent wake-up call that landed me in Urgent Care. Well, that was merely the beginning of my medical adventure. Since then, I revisited Urgent Care only to be transported by ambulance to the adjacent hospital and admitted to ICU. After being diagnosed with acute pericarditis, I stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Upon discharge, I was advised that full recovery requires 6-8 weeks. And rest is essential.

The fabulous news is that I have a prognosis for full recovery and that my pain and symptoms are well managed. The somewhat frustrating news is that full recovery takes 6-8 weeks—thus requiring patience and adherence to the mandate to rest. I find it very curious that I am now required to practice what I preach regarding caregiving and care receiving if I am to be well. Life has a wicked sense of humor at times!

In the midst of all the changes and subsequent transitions, I am trying to be mindful of the lessons to be learned—and there are many. No doubt, I will understand my experience uniquely predicated on my world view. You might see my situation a bit differently. And that’s OK. But I would like to share what I have learned thus far in the hope of highlighting how adversity prompts us to question, to seek, to grow, and to evolve. If I am receptive to the messages encountered throughout this unexpected passage of life, then this painful experience will ultimately prove to be beneficial. When slapped in the face by Life, I re-awakened to Life. Wide Awake, I have a renewed and enhanced appreciation for the moment. I am incredibly grateful for the simple yet sacred things in life. And I have a profound awareness of the fragility of life.   

As I reflect on the events of the past three weeks, I have learned so much about myself, my friends, my faith, and Life. Noted below are a few of the lessons that will serve to enrich every step of my journey from this day forward:

  • I am not in control of everything that happens in my life.
  • I have the freedom to choose a response to the unexpected events in life.
  • My chosen response to life determines my experience of life—good or bad.
  • All I have is right now! Savor every moment.
  • I choose to invest myself in the people, the activities, and the causes that bring me joy.
  • It’s OK to ask for help (really, it is!).
  • People are incredibly caring and compassionate.
  • Relationships are THE most important thing in my life—family, friends, and God.
  • Patience is a virtue. Sadly, I am not virtuous!
  • Worrying about tomorrow serves no purpose. Instead, I am trusting the process and taking one step at a time.
  • An attitude of gratitude intensifies the lived experience.
  • Wide Awake is my preferred way to live.

As always, it’s been a delight chatting with you. I hope you enjoy the rest of this fabulous day. I am off to snooze for a bit with my cat and pup—the best nurses ever! After our cat nap, I’ll be Wide Awake to the blessings of the moment. A good thing indeed.

I look forward to the ongoing conversation. If you have specific questions or concerns related to your caregiving experience, I would love to hear from you. Until the next posting, I wish you and yours countless blessings…jane  

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