…lately I would have no luck at all. 2012 has been a bit of a trying one for my entire family. My oldest son underwent his 6th surgery, my job has been a bit on the rocks and my husband’s truck which isn’t that old keeps having engine troubles. And it’s only MARCH! But this weekend was the topper of the year and will hopefully be the turning point in the darkest before dawn quote.
There is nothing like seeing your two year old son’s index finger hanging by a thread to really make you re-think what is most important in life. I’ll get to that story.
But the true story of today is about gratitude.
“Everyday is an opportunity to turn it all around, and if you don’t stop and take a look around you’re going to miss it!”
….a mash of two great movie quotes, but how easy is it to forget these things?
I’m urging everyone tomorrow morning to wake up and be thankful. Make a list of 5 things that you should say thank you for. It’s too easy to get booged down thinking about what you don’t have. I want a bigger house, I want to be skinny, I want to be the perfect mom, I want to be the prefect wife. Yet somewhere in all those I wants I am forgetting to say thank you for what I have. I have a wonderful husband, I have two beautiful children, a fabulous family filled with good people, I have a house in a great neighborhood that I own, and although I don’t love the way my body looks currently everyday it carries me through all my runs and endures the work in progress.
What things everyday do you need to say thank you for? Life would be less about the wants if we daily think about how thankful we should be for what we already have.
Now to the story….
The day started like any other, with breakfast and a quick workout. I’m currently loving this treadmill interval workout. It’s the perfect mix of sweat and speed!
5 mins warmup 4.0
Run 2 mins at 7.2
Walk 1 min at 4.5
Repeat 5 times
I made two peanut butter pies for an evening party (those will be in a later post) took a shower to get ready for the party, left the bathroom. My boys chased each other in the bathroom which was followed by slamming doors and screams. My older son ran out yelling “I shut his fingers in the door!” My husband went in to check and simply screamed out call 911 NOW!!!!
(this gets graphic…) My two year old’s index finger above the first knuckle was barely still attached to his finger. Just flesh dangling in a bloody mess. You could see the bone in each half where it had completely broken off. Honestly it was one of the worst things I have ever seen. So it didn’t come as a big surprise when they let us know they may not be able to reattach it.
At that point I started to think about my poor little guy who at the age of two was going to loose a part of his index finger and all the people I knew in life who were missing some digits. He would be fine, we would adjust, it’s his right hand maybe he’s left handed (wishful thinking). But the entire ambulance ride to the ER I was simply tallying a list of how him loosing his finger knuckle would some how be ok.
At the ER the tune changed it was a clean, extremely straight cut, they would be able to reattach it! (!!!) After a 30 minute surgery and 5 stitches his finger was attached. He now has a huge cast on but it looks good that the procedure will take and his finger will heal. We meet with a hand doctor next week to get a better idea of what is in store for us. There maybe some small updates later on if blood vessels need to be repaired, but that will be decided then.
We are extremely lucky. This could have ended much differently. It made me think more about families who have any type of accidents where the outcomes are not as lucky. And it simply made me grateful. Grateful for the EMT’s and volunteers who showed up a our door to help my family and thankful for the brave doctors and nurses who work crazy long hours on the top of their game to help families like mine everyday.
So my message today is one of gratitude for all that I have and all those who help my family every day. I am grateful for it all.