New Year's eve 2015, I was in the hospital after having a total colectomy with ileostomy. I was in bed, a bracelet on my wrist read "fall risk" and a walker sat beside me. I had met the physical therapist the day before and he gave me a beautiful pair of bright yellow socks that matched my bracelet and told me that if I wanted to get out of bed, I had to wear those socks, have someone with me and use the walker. I was tired and in pain but I had been given a small bit of freedom so I was going to take it. Every chance I could I was paging a nurse or dragging a friend out to walk with me. This is the start of "my new life and I was NOT going to spend it sitting still. On New Year's eve I got my husband to help me get my socks on and help me out of bed and we walked to bring in the new year. In the morning, while friends were running their first day 5k's I was dragging my nurse around the hallways so I could get another lap around the nurse's station. The days that followed, if I couldn't sleep I was up walking...3 AM and my pink haired nurse Emily was wandering the quiet hallways with me with nothing but the beeping machines cheering us on. I learned the places where my walker would slide easily across the floor and the places where I would need to rely less on it so it's scraping wouldn't wake up my fellow patients. This new year is more than just a change of the date, it is a change in my vision of myself. I am excited for the new opportunities that lie ahead of me and even have challenged my surgeon that if I meet a goal he set for me, that he had to run a half marathon with me and he agreed. It is all about perspective, perseverance and having the belief in yourself that makes a difference... even if you have to wear "fall risk" yellow socks and use a walker to get started.
Run, walk, crawl or roll ;) just keep moving forward, Megan
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