The Day Showed Me Images
I was stressed about having too many medical apppointments in one day. Then I realized the Universe was showing me something important.
My first appointment was at a rehabilitation hospital to consult with doctors who have been treating my spasticity for over ten years. There are always numerous patients there with much more limiting disabilities than mine that make me feel grateful for being able to walk at all.
I used the patient rest room before leaving the hospital. When I threw out the towel I used to dry my hands, I saw packaging for a disposable catheter in the trash. Note to self: be grateful your bladder works.
The second appointment was at a prosthetics and orthotic clinic where I needed to have the device I use to lift my drop foot serviced. They make artificial limbs at this clinic, as well as devices to aid in mobility.
I noticed the apparatus in the photo as I waited for the technician to finish work on my device. It looked menacing and scary. I asked the technician about it when she returned. She told me it was not a prosthetic leg but rather an ankle/knee brace to be used my someone who had polio as an example. She said it looked bulky and uncomfortable but often meant the difference between walking or not for the patients who use it. I was glad to only need a small electrical stimulator to lift my foot that allows me to walk very well for someone who had a severe stroke. There is nothing like seeing artificial limbs to make you appreciate having yours even if they don’t work perfectly. There were photos of people using the clinic’s products on the walls, as well as examples on display.
I had a third appointment that evening that was a simple visit with my primary care physician to get an order for blood work that I need for some upcoming surgical procedures. I was grateful to be able to keep all of this straight in my head, and to be able to get to the appointments on my own.
It is easy to become mired in feelings of loss and limitations when you are disabled. It is important to maintain an awareness of your abilities and blessings.
Thank you for reading :)