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The One-Handed Cookies

Posted Dec 12 2010 12:00am
Mother's Circus Animal Cookies, holiday edition Image via Wikipedia Chocolate cookies; my husbands favorite. Since I became ill in 2005, I haven't been able to bake, cook, decorate or do anything for the holidays. I dreaded them, especially without my daughter at home any more. I'd watch while my husband scattered a few special holiday items around to cheer me up and try to get some holiday spirit in the house.

In the last year, I have learned a lot. To stop feeling sorry for myself, to concentrate on what I can do and not what I can't and to give thanks for the small things in life that I used to take for granted. Physically, my limbs are limited but mentally I have a whole new attitude. Grateful for every step I take out of my wheelchair, grateful for my husband and daughter, thankful that I no longer have to take medications to control my pain and just flat lucky to be alive.

I figured out how to use my elbows for a lot of things. And, yesterday for the first time in over 5 years I baked cookies! Yep, all with one hand. I have bought a lot of special utensils that have built up handles, my husband bought me a new mixer and even though it took my twice as long, today the neighbors got their Christmas goodies; courtesy of the Thomas'. It made me feel useful again.  Hubby is still always on stand-by for opening containers, but that's OK. I have learned how to graciously accept help when I need and not be so stubborn trying to forge ahead and hurting myself.
Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. Not for getting "stuff", but for remembering what is important in life. Faith, hope and charity. The small act of giving little containers of goodies to the neighbors that have helped in small ways during the year is so rewarding.
Faith in the many wonderful friends I have made since I got ill. The wonderful support they have given me when I was so down I couldn't see a ray of hope. I now try to be that ray of hope for others. Charity doesn't need to be donating money; I donate my time, my love and my shoulder for anyone that asks. When people are chronically ill, support can be the difference between life and death.  
Merry Christmas to all my friends who have been with me through thick and thin. To all those people who support my radio show by being there and contributing their ideas, their questions and their love. I hope your holidays are filled with magic!

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