when laundry is good

It’s so quiet. Everyone’s gone, to work or school. I’m by myself.

Usually I cherish this time. I’ve never been afraid of solitude.

But yesterday changed that a little.

I’ve been horribly sick this week with the most wretched unrelated pain. To combat the pain I’ve taken meds left over from my broken wrist.

It was THAT bad.

After a night of pain, I sat on my bed and prepared to make the transfer to my wheelchair.

Instead, my body rolled to my weak side, leaving me no control or way to stop.

Did I mention my bedroom floor is con refs?

I didn’t hit concrete I rolled into a full laundry hamper if clean clothes that hasn’t been put away yet.

Once I stopped rolling I evaluated my situation. Nothing broken or sprained. I just needed to get out of that hamper.

I go to put my door down to push up….


I was lucky it was Pete’s day to work from home. He got me
in my wheelchair, free of the hamper.

That was Wednesday.

It’s Thursday.

Every time I have to transfer my heart races like it never has before.

I still do it. It effing blows to be that scared my body will fail me again. The floor is my enemy.

Lesson of the day: Leaving a hamper out can be a good thing.

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2 Responses to when laundry is good

  1. Caz Stone August 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

    I like to hear the advantages of not doing household tasks. Really sorry though that the pain is worse at the moment, I hope that becomes more manageable.

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  2. Lee Cockrum August 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM #

    I’m glad it turned out better than it could have!

    I am a physical therapist, so I had a thought while reading this. Have you tried or considered a grab bar. Either mounted to the wall, or there are some that can be mounted to the bed. I have had patients who could transfer independently with a grab bar of some sort, who could not do it at all without. So it could make you safer. Or you might have already tried and and will tell me to jump in a lake:)

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