Good morning you all! I just want to share with you something I posted on Facebook today. I do hope it will bring even a small smile to your face or the smallest of hopes for the future. The very first week of my stroke I found FB very useful. It kept me in touch with the rest of the world and it stopped me from hiding into my own small and limited world. I find it motivating and inspiring when people say that they are motivated/inspired by my posts in return.
29 April 2017 I woke up in a hospital bed amused by what I am seeing in front of me - all the movements and the noise. Everything looked surreal. Dreamlike.
Very fortunately for me there was never any sense of panic. It was like my brain telling me "OK, something happened to us. Don't panic. We will sort things out."
I closed my eyes and imagined myself moving all my limbs. Everything was OK until I opened my eyes. But even seeing my right side unable to move didn't make me panic. I can clearly remember looking at my right foot/leg and arm and telling myself "One day you guys are going to move again."
More than three years (and ongoing) of ups and downs, highs and lows, I am very thankful and appreciative of all my achievements - no matter how small they are. I wanted to use the word pitiful. But no, nothing is ever pitiful as long as I know I keep moving. Accepting my present situation and moving forward from there.
I know a lot of you couldn't understand my bullheadedness, my (sometimes? LOL!) demanding ways. You even dislike/hate me because of it but it is my only way of taking back control of my own life. I am a wife, a mother and mother-in-law, a daughter, a sister, a grandmother, an aunt, a friend and so on but most importantly I am Ruby. I am me.
Just over three years ago my right foot will not move no matter how much I willed it to do so. Even lifting a toe was beyond me. 6 September 2020 let me bore you to tears with a video moving both my feet. A long way to go but a long way from 29 April 2017.
Every movement counts.
Persistence. Determination. Courage. Patience. Acceptance.
Never give up. Never give in, Ruby dear...☺?? xxx"
You are lucky you will be saved from seeing my video as I cannot upload it here. LOL! ?
Have a good day. Take care. Be safe and well.