Tuesday means it's time for one of my favorite weekly link ups! Hosted by Teach.Talk.Inspire and My Day in K, today is all about Tell All Tuesday!
This week's topic has been the hardest one by far for me! This week we were asked to complete the sentence "If my life was a reality show it would be called....' I'm gonna be honest with you guys, I'm really not a big reality TV watcher. GASP, what did she say??!! I know, I know, it seems crazy to say that when reality shows are on every single channel all day long. I just never really got into it. The kind of TV that fascinates me is Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, and every Snapped and MSNBC Lockup marathon I can catch. Not exactly the kind of TV one would want their life modeled after!!! :-)
So it took me a long time to decide, and I think what I chose fits my life perfectly at the moment.
For all of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I was in a car accident in the very last week of January. I was headed home on our local highway, cruising along doing the speed limit at 55 mph when I was hit head-on by a pickup truck. Here's what happened to my car.
Notice that parts of the car which should be under the hood are now on the windshield??
Every single air bag in my car deployed. The steering wheel, the driver's side curtain, the knee level air bag. I do believe all of those air bags not only saved my life, but saved my legs too.
I had to be cut out of my car with the Jaws of Life. I can remember the sound of the saw turning on and the screech and groan of the metal in my door as it was cut off of my car.
Every window shattered, and I remember the glass cascading over my like rain. No lie, I was pulling shards of glass out of my hair for a good week after the accident!
So why am I showing you all this? Well, I survived this accident with only a few injuries. One of them was pretty major though. I not only dislocated my ankle but the talus bone in my foot broke. According to my doctor, the talus bone is the hardest one in your foot to break and it is also the hardest one to get to heal.
Your foot's not supposed to bend at that angle, right?? Well, this injury literally knocked me off of my feet. i was told I may have to have surgery in order to walk normally again. I spent a few nights in the hospital in the city, and was finally able to go home after I showed that I could hop around on one leg using a walker.
From that day on, for the next 6 months, I was unable to walk. The only time I left the house was for doctor's appointments. I had to live on the recliner downstairs because I couldn't manage the stairs, no way.
Weeks and months went by with me on the couch, not able to do a single thing for myself. Went to see a doctor who gave me the wrong advice and did more harm than good to my recovery, setting me back months. Sad, sad times.
What a boring reality show that is!! So my life as a reality show starts now, mid-July, with me FINALLY being able to stand up on two feet. Everyone at school calls me 'Murph', and I am about to make the comeback of a lifetime, so I thought 'Murph's Comeback' would be the best title for my reality show. Now that I can finally handle putting weight on my foot, I am slowly practicing how to walk again.
I wear this giant brace for stability, because the slightest bend or twist could put me right back where I started from. I also use a walker since I am unable to stand or walk without some sort of assistance, be it walker or crutches.
Every day I am taking another step towards where I was before the accident! I first have to get to the point where I don't need a walker, then I get to move to a smaller brace, and eventually will be able to walk without any kind of assistance.
I am setting goals for my walking practice every day, getting my ankle stronger. I have every intention of buying myself a FitBit to help me get back in shape. I have so very much work to do still, but I am lucky enough to be able to get better. Never ever again will I take something as simple as walking for granted!
Murph's Comeback is all about me getting back to myself, getting my body physically able to walk like a 'normal' person, and getting back into shape. I would love if you would stick with me through my Comeback Journey, and I promise to keep you updated with my progress!! I still have several laser treatments to go, not to mention months of physical therapy, but I am ever so slowly making progress towards being able to walk all on my own!!
Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my journey since the accident! Your incredible words of kindness, support, and encouragement have really helped me through some dark days. And link ups like this have helped me to stay sane and keep on some sort of schedule, whereas without them I might just spend the days sleeping the hours away.
Thank you all for reading about Murph's Comeback, and I hope you will come back for future installments!!!
I imagine there are some much more exciting and well-thought out My Reality Show posts on the link up, so make sure to swing back over and read the rest! You can link up too!!
Don't forget that you can still link up for Spotlight Saturday, the Teacher's Show and Tell weekly linky party! Come over and Spotlight your favorite products, resources, activities, and ideas! This week I Spotlighted one of the fabulous hosts of this linky, Diana from My Day in K!