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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In Praise of the Caregiver!

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn't know possible.” 
― Tia Walker

Today I will give praise and honor to the caregivers in our lives.  What would we do without them?  They give so much of themselves each and every day.   Whether you are in need of a full time caregiver, part time, or just a helping hand from time to time, caregivers play a huge roll in a disabled persons life.  Many times the caregiver in our life is exhausted, frustrated, and overwhelmed, but that doesn't stop them from caring for us.  They trudge forward and do tasks that make our lives better.

At this stage of my illness I am pretty much independent.  I still drive, cook and clean and do just about anything else, always with safety in mind.  Even though I still have a great deal of independence I still need help from time to time.  When I do my family takes on the roll of caregivers. Their support, love, and physical help is greatly appreciated.  I know that there is a possibility that as the years go by I may need a higher level of caregiving, but I know they will always be by my side. How blessed am I ?

Many people have paid caregivers.  They are equally important!  Just because they're paid for the gig doesn't change the fact that they have a difficult job.  

So let's give our caregivers, whomever they may be, a big thank you! I bet you'll make their day.

Do you have a special caregiver?