Six days ago, I was planning Christmas. I put a wreath on the door. I put a pretty flag out to sway in the wind. That's as far as I got. I tripped in my kitchen and took the impact on my left shoulder.

But still, I'm thankful. It could have been much worse. The counter was only inches away from my head. I live alone and don't encourage visitors, so I might have sprawled there indefinitely. My neighbors are not nosy.

Now that I'm able to type with both hands again, I thought I'd make a list of what I'm thankful for. Here goes:

1.I'm thankful that my neighbor across the street made a sling for me out of a scarf and shared her Vicodin.
2.I'm thankful people read my terse, one-handed email and called to see if I needed anything.
3.I'm thankful the cats forgave me for not feeding them or cleaning their litterboxes.
4.Although Squirrel tried to use me as a trampoline (OUCH!), I'm thankful the tribe surrounded me and slept. Their purring helped.
5.I'm thankful I didn't have to sit through treacly Christmas movies. SyFy Channel had the good sense to play a whole day of disaster movies. One cannot have too many disasters.
6.I'm thankful I got a mammogram the day before. I don't know how I would have explained the bruises.
7.I'm thankful the spill was not worse. I have no health insurance and the Senate doesn't seem inclined to give me some anytime soon.
8.I'm thankful my sister Cathy sent me a whole collection of Monty Python DVD's. Hours of silliness.
9.I'm thankful I still had tequila left from Cozumel. Almost as good as Vicodin.
10.I'm thankful I bought an excessive amount of Lean Cuisine dinners while they were on sale. I can microwave with one hand better than I can cook with two.
11.I'm thankful nobody expects Christmas cards from me or gifts on time. Wasn't gonna happen.
12.I'm thankful I have my sense of humor, despite discomfort and disappointment.
13.And, I'm thankful this is just a temporary state. Imagine all those people with permanent disabilities!

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Comment by Johnny Russell on December 29, 2009 at 7:34am
Your move was well, but you slipped and fell. Feel better Sunny!
Comment by Sunny Frazier on December 15, 2009 at 1:08pm
Attitude is everything, Ant Jan. You know that.
I went to the VA Hospital and they said I have a severe fracture. Must wait for the orthopedic surgeon to call.
However, I did get a nice bottle of Vicodin. . . Is that the Betty Ford clinic calling?
Comment by Jan Christensen on December 15, 2009 at 3:38am
Ouch, Sunny. So sorry to hear about this. Hope you are feeling better soon. What a great attitude you have though. Take care of yourself now!
Comment by Jon Loomis on December 14, 2009 at 8:26am
Tequila, Vicodin and Monty Python? Sounds like the perfect "I've fallen and can't get up" survival kit. I hope you're feeling better, Sunny.
Comment by I. J. Parker on December 14, 2009 at 8:07am
So sorry, Sunny. Your situation resembles mine, except that I live with a very aged dog that must be cdarried up and down the stairs. Are you sure someone had a look at your shoulder? Hope you feel better soon.
Comment by Laura Elvebak on December 14, 2009 at 7:37am
I'm thankful you weren't hurt worse. Do take care so those injuries can heal quickly. What a way to spend the Christmas holidays. Have another shot on me, Sunny. The new year must get better. Now if we can just exchange the the senators with some with their noses closer to earth, we can all feel better.

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