There are days when you have a hard time. Days when you can’t think of anything but what is going wrong. It’s on those days that I find it most important to step back and look around me at the things I’m grateful for.
Today is a day I want to really look around and pay attention to what is in front of me, I know I have so much to be grateful for!
- I’m grateful I woke up today. What? You think I’m joking? I thought I’d start at the beginning of my day, and I thought what is the first think I’m grateful for today? I’m grateful I’m here. I’m grateful that I’m alive. I’m grateful I can breathe. Oh there is a good one! Last night I had a very difficult time breathing, I coughed and coughed, and had a hard time taking a deep breath. I had used my inhaler and it didn’t seem to do anything. I did a nebulizer treatment, and I could breathe better, but of course I had the shakes for a long time afterward (I really hate that thing, a necessary evil). Then I started coughing again, and well, it was a not so great breathing night. Just one of those nights for me. I did sleep without much coughing, so that is great! We’re working on getting the chronic bronchitis under control, but haven’t gotten there yet. I’m not complaining. Last night was a rougher night than usual, the weather changed….rainy, damp…that makes it worse. Again, not complaining, just stating the facts. I accept it as it is, and I am fine with it. I will be going to a new pulmonologist soon and we will work at getting this more under control. I am very grateful that I can breathe better today.
- I’m grateful my husband can walk our new dog every morning, and she is so good about it! When we first talked about getting another dog Stuart said he didn’t want to have to walk it. Then we met Kiki, and knew she was the right dog. I was having hip problems, but thought it was going to be over very soon. The doctors thought it was just a little inflammation, I was scheduled to get a hip injection and they thought that would be the end of it. So when we decided to start fostering Kiki, I had planned to be the major caregiver. Little did we know I would fall the night after my injection causing me to have a herniated disc in my back, and now a month later, I’m still not walking Kiki. I’m still not walking much at all. However, Kiki is the best dog about taking walks. If you are in a hurry, she will go very fast. She isn’t the kind of dog who will just go out and sniff and sniff just for the sake of it. If you go out and walk out to the tree and then walk back toward the house, she will go. No problem. Often, in the mornings she will run Stuart outside, go real fast, and run back in and go back to bed! She says….”Bye Dad! I’m ready to go back to sleep!” He has even said that he likes taking her for walks! I’m a little envious. I’m very grateful they have bonded and the walking issue, never became an issue!
- I’m very grateful my doctor thinks my herniated disc will heal with just a little physical therapy. Yep, right now I’m bored out of my mind. I’m so tired of not being able to do anything. I can’t walk far without pain, I keep waking up because of pain, I can’t sit long without pain, well it just hurts. I’m so relieved that the spine specialist thinks that I will heal with very conservative treatment! Yay!! I’ll happy dance when I can!!
- I’m grateful I didn’t gain weight while taking steroids. Oh boy, oh boy can we get happy about this one?! The steroids made me go out of my mind, I was climbing the walls and wanted to destroy people, but I didn’t gain weight! I didn’t weigh myself for the past month, it was too hard to try to step on the scales, I finally weighed this past week. I lost 4 pounds! For inquiring minds….that is a total of 44 pounds lost so far!!
- I’m grateful I understand I can’t trust my emotions right now because of the steroids. I was actually very proud of myself for my self control and for understanding that it was the steroids that were making me feel so horrible. They are still nagging at me a bit, I have one more dose, but you know it will take a little while before they are out of my system….so I can’t trust my emotions. That is a good thing to keep in mind. It is very difficult for someone who is bipolar to feel this way. I am always very on top of my emotions, very in tuned to how I’m feeling. I have to be. If I start noticing that my feelings are our of sync with how they should be, I need to talk to my doctor. By this I mean, I need to watch out if react to something in an inappropriate way. For instance, the other day, I said to Stuart, “Why don’t you use your damn common sense once in a while?!?” in reaction to him just asking me a simple question. This was VERY inappropiate! I do not talk to him that way, and I couldn’t calm down. I was sitting there suddenly saying….”I don’t act like this any more! I don’t feel like this anymore!” I took some deep breaths, centered myself, and calmed down. Apologized over and over to my dear husband and explained I couldn’t help it and it would probably happen again. I was full of anger I couldn’t control and he was probably going to get the brunt of it. He was a dear sweet love and hugged me and understood. Yes, he did get it a couple of other times, nothing like that time, and we dealt with it very well because we talked about it and how the medication was affecting me. I’m so grateful I have a husband that communicates with me and understands about uncontrollable emotions due to steroids.
- I’m grateful for a small place to live. I’m grateful for a place to live that is safe. I’m grateful for a place to live that is peaceful. I’m grateful for our place. I have been a little ungrateful for out little place lately, and just now I realized just how very grateful I am for this place. I really do love this little place in many ways. I love that it is small. I am very grateful I do not have to climb stairs right now. I couldn’t. It is so much easier for me to get around this little place. I have been feeling a bit claustrophobic in here lately, and way too isolated. I know it’s because I just can’t do anything. My mind wants to do something and my body says NO. (yeah I’m working on that) I’m very grateful that of all the places we looked at to rent we found this peaceful little place. It is quiet here, (yes that is so important to a deaf person…haha). There is little traffic on the street. There are more people out walking their dogs in my neighborhood than there their are cars that pass by! I just think that is so cool! Yes, as I write this little piece I’m much more grateful about the place I live.
- I’m grateful Kiki loves her new toy so much! Yes it is the little things that bring joy into our lives! Kiki loves her little toy so much! She has forsaken all of her other toys for the one she picked out at the pet store. It is a little beaver…I think. It has a recycled bottle inside so it crunches, and it has a squeaky toy in the tail. She loves this thing so much! She carries it around, and gets so excited. She will chase it, she will play hide and seek with it, she will run and get it and bring it to you just to show it to you…..”Look! LOOK! SEE! my toy!!!!” She takes it to bed with her. She doesn’t play with it in bed, no she just has to have it with her. If I’m in a different room she will go check on me then she will go and get her toy and bring it to the door and show it to me….like she is showing the toy where I am?? Then she will leave. She has so much fun with her toy, and it brings me much joy playing with her with it, and just watching her with this toy! I will never get tired of watching her play!
- I’m grateful my husband took me out yesterday for a short trip to the mall and I found a bra that fit – First Try On!!! don’t really need to follow up on that one….but I will! I must say, this is the very first time this has happened, and it is amazing to me. After losing so much weight I went in and completely guessed my size! I was not up to trying on a lot, this bra was on mega sale and I thought, OK, I’ll try it. I had on an old bra that was too small, so I adjusted the size from it….and Wow! I’m still amazed that it fit, and it just looks and feels so great. No gaps, no pinching, no pulling…..I’m a happy woman! It was also on such a mega sale I won’t feel bad
ifwhen I lose more weight and soon need a different size! One thing that is a little different about me losing weight….I have bigger boobs. I’ve always liked my breast. I have felt they were just the right size, not too big, not too small…just right. When I gain weight, they have always stayed pretty much the same. They didn’t get really big with me. (a lot of women gain a lot there, I didn’t.) Yes I’m silly, but just thinking about it, if things keep going as they are I’m going to be a bit bigger. Right now I’m a cup size bigger than I normally am at this band size. Stuart likes it. hahaha However, I can’t imagine him not liking anything about my body….he is a bit biased. and I’m very grateful for that!
- oh there is so much to be grateful for!! I’m feeling so much better than I was when I started this post! I’m grateful I have so much to be grateful for...here’s a few more….
- I’m grateful I got to tell my sister how I was feeling about some things. It doesn’t matter if things don’t change, I’m just so grateful that we talked and I know she knows some things now that were stuck in my head and I needed to let it out. It’s hard to put some things in the past if you don’t know if other people have put it there, or heck, if they even know about it. Yeah, try to wrap your head around that one. I just feel better about things. I’m grateful for that.
- I’m grateful that I’m emotional. (no one needs to understand that one. It just really used to bother me, now, I’m glad. I like having deep feelings. It may hurt a lot sometimes, but it is also pretty darn great other times. Being “emotional” is not a bad thing.)
- I’m grateful I found this meditation on forgiveness….I needed it…. Forgiveness Meditation (this is just a written page, not a link to a guided meditation, read if you want. I liked it a lot.)
- I’m grateful I have some friends I can reach out to, even if I don’t have any I can see in person.
- I’m grateful I have clean water. (I really don’t like the water from our tap here, we have started using bottled water, and I’m so grateful for it. It really makes me think a lot about people who can’t get clean water at all. I’m so very grateful that not only do I have running water in my home, but I am able to get wonderfully clean water whenever I want it.
- I’m grateful I have access to fresh food. Something else I have thought about a lot lately. I have talked a lot about the change in my diet, how I’ve lost so much weight and how much healthier I am because of my new eating habits. I haven’t mentioned some of the other things I’ve noticed that I can only attribute to my diet change. My hair is thicker. My fingernails smoother and less brittle. My skin is clearer. I can tell you I haven’t changed my hair products, nor have I done anything different to my nails, so I can only attribute those changes to my diet. I did change my facial wash, but I will admit I don’t use it every day. I am a self proclaimed foodie. I love good food. I love fresh food. I’m grateful that even though we have had very lean times over the past couple of years, we have always managed to eat as fresh as possible. We have cut corners every where we could so we could spend a little more on our groceries. We do still spend wisely in the grocery store, but let’s face it, fresh fruits, veggies, and high quality meats are expensive. For some people it is a matter of choice, but sometimes it is a matter of not being able to afford food…period. Can you imagine if you simply could not afford to buy groceries at all? There are so many people who go to bed hungry every night. So many people who are malnourished. My gratefulness about food is huge. I’m so grateful that I now have the knowledge to be able to nourish my body in a healthy way, and am able to provide it with all the food that it needs.
- I’m grateful I have this blog to write about things….and I’m very grateful that there are some people out there that read it. Yep….this is what I needed today.
I really do appreciate life so much!
I love my life!
Do I have challenging days? Yes!
Will I feel bad on days again? Yes!
Do I accept my life the way it is? Yes!
Do I wish it were different? Sometimes….I’m working on a NO for that answer, but I think “Sometimes” is pretty good. I still love my life, just as it is, even if nothing changes, even if it gets worse, I still love my life!!
That’s pretty important I think. I love my life, all the good parts, all the bad parts, all the fun parts, all the hard parts….I love my life!