It not just a cane........it's a lightsaber too!

My disability brings about all kinds of fun for my Grandsons.   The adaptive devices that I depend on for mobility and balance, begin to do double duty.  To a child, my home looks like an amusement park.   My Grandsons have fun playing with my cane and my lift chair.  Many times I will look for my cane, but lo and behold, it has been snatched and is being used to fight off stormtroopers.  

My chairlift, in their eyes, has become a great way to escape from pirates or alligators. I love that they look at my adaptive equipment with a sense of fun and wonderment.  The pure simplicity of a child is pure joy!

Does your home become a play land, too?

Do Overs!

If you had the chance what would you change about your day?  What would you"do over"?

 

Many people keep a journal of the things they are thankful for in their lives.  But I'm going to journal in a different way.  I'm writing a, "Do Over Journal !"

Each night before bed I'm going to think about my day and journal what I would do over if I could. Maybe I would show more patience to the grocery clerk, pray more, or even give more hugs and kisses to the ones I love.  Since my disability is a huge part of my life, some of my do overs would be specific to that.  (Ex: I shouldn't have written a nasty note to the monster truck owner parked in a handicapped parking spot.)

My,"Do Over Journal," hopefully will serve a purpose.  By re-examining my daily behavior, I will make lasting change.  Well, I can always hope!

What would you do over?

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What the new me would tell the old me!

I would love to talk to my young self!   I would tell her that her body was absolutely amazing and would plead with her to take good care of it.  I am like most people when they were young.  I ate bad food, slept way too little, and thought exercise was walking to the car.  My body was something I rarely thought about and it was taken for granted.

The human body seemingly works with little effort, but in reality it's a well choreographed dance, "The Dance of Life."  Each and every blood vessel, nerve, muscle, and bone has a particular job.   It was only when my health started wavering that I gave my body a second thought.  There are many interesting facts that detail how our bodies work.  Here are a few:

1. Nerve impulses travel to the brain at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour to and from the brain, faster than a Formula 1 race car.

2. Our muscles are actually more powerful than they appear to be.  Human strength is limited to protect our tendons and muscles from harming themselves.   This limitation can be removed during an adrenaline rush, during which some people have lifted boulders or even cars off themselves.                                                                 

3.  Human bone is as strong as granite. A block of bone the size of a matchbox could support nine tons of weight.

There are more fascinating body factoids you can find at:

http://distractify.com/old-school/2014/07/20/amazing-facts-about-the-human-body-1197776387

www.disabledworld.com

http://www.factslides.com/s-Your-Body

So we all need to show some respect for our hardworking bodies!  Even if we suffer from an illness or injury, our bodies continually work hard and do their best, each and everyday.

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