This past week there was a comment left on the blog from one of my sweet readers. She had suffered a bad break of her ankle and found out really fast how much we take things for granted. Being mobile and being able to go and do for herself came crashing down with one small accident.
Most of you have read that my daughter has left Alaska and is heading home for the winter. In order for her to bring her car from Juneau, she had to go by ferry to Washington State. That leg of the trip was at least 3 days long. She finally made it to Seattle and called me because she wasn’t feeling well. I encouraged her to go to an after-hours clinic and they were afraid that she was trying to pass a gallstone. She ended up having to stay in the hospital overnight and is having a couple of tests run before they will determine if they will let her leave.
Like my reader, it was not something that was in the plans for her trip. And, like my reader, her life was brought to a grinding stop all at once. This event has left me feeling helpless but also so grateful for so many things.
I am very grateful that she has her friend, Andy, with her and that she is not alone. I am very grateful that she didn’t get really bad sick while she was on the ferry and instead it waited until she reached a large city where she could get good healthcare. I am grateful that the hospital is being very thorough before letting her leave.
Taking our health, and the health of our loved ones for granted is something that most of us do daily. We truly don’t give it a second thought until something happens. A fall can result in a break that takes away our mobility. A diagnosis can rob us of our sense of well being. A surgery can knock us out of work and have a huge impact on our finances.
November is right around the corner and that is the month that we all stop and start to think about all of the things that we are thankful for. Today I am asking each one of you to take a few minutes and think about your health. Do NOT think about what is going wrong with our health. Instead, start at the top of your head and move down thinking about all of the many things that are going right with us and what we should be grateful for. Don’t forget about the internal parts that you can’t see such as your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, and your veins and arteries. You are a walking miracle and today we want to thank our dear Lord for breathing life into us.
I hope that Ashleigh will be released from the hospital today but I would appreciate everyone saying a quick prayer for her. That would truly be amazing!!!
Have A Blessed Day!