Thankful Thursday: A healthy(ier) way of seeing things

I hurt myself. Bad. At the gym, of all places. "Rectus femoris tendonitis," the doctor called it yesterday, as he scribbled a Rx for several weeks of physical therapy.

Under normal circumstances, this might set me back, lay me low. But that’s not how I’m choosing to look at things. Which is why I’m posting this as a "Thankful Thursday" entry.

  • I have a sports injury, folks! Which kinda-sorta makes me an athlete, right? It hasn’t always been this way, so I’m patting myself on the back for this one. 
  • Also: I have great health insurance, which means I can more easily afford the prescribed medical treatments. Not everyone is as fortunate–a very sad fact about which I’m acutely aware. And politically mindful.
See what I mean? When you squint your eyes–when you tilt your head just so–it’s easier to spot those tiny beams of light… =:)

  1. “I have a sports injury, folks! Which kinda-sorta makes me an athlete, right?” You cracked me up with this.

    I’m really sorry you got hurt but I can’t help be impressed with your attitude. You’re something else, Ms Melodye. Take it easy and feel better soon. We need you out on the field!

  2. Heavens, Melodye! Talk about finding the silver lining. (((Hugs))) Here’s to a swift recovery, and as little pain as possible in the meantime. You’re in my thoughts.

    • It’s a weird quirk of mine…what can I say? πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the good wishes, Amy. I’m feeling better (and stronger) every day. I miss the gym, though. (And ha! I totally can’t believe I just said that!))

  3. Ouch! I know what you mean though about being thankful for health insurance. I’ve had to give up ice skating since I lost my health insurance. I can’t risk getting injured. It sucks always having to take that into account.
    Hope you get better very soon and can get back to being a full-out athlete.

    • You had to give up ice skating? Oh, that makes me really sad. I’m so sorry you’ve been forced to make that sacrifice. Truly, it’s hard to see the positive in that. πŸ™

  4. Oh, ouch! And I’m taking a page from your book about squinting my eyes and turning my head just so to see the good of things. πŸ™‚ Take it easy, dear Melodye.

    • You’ve had a hard go of it lately, Lorraine. I really, really hate that you’ve been sick! I’ve been sending all good wishes your way, though–lots of them–along with virtual tea service, complete with scones. Sure do hope that you’ve found your way back to a healthier place. And, of course, your writing. xoxo

  5. I am very sorry that you got injured, but as another bright light: Physical therapy usually does more for me than simply fixing the problem. It usually helps with other aches, pains, and movement issues i didn’t know i had. It’s nice to come out stronger than when you went in. So, here’s hoping!

    • Believe it or not, I haven’t seen the PT yet…scheduling problems, and all that. But from what I’ve read, you’re absolutely right about the additional benefits of PT. I can’t wait to get started!

    • Know what I was thinking about this past weekend? How we used to do calisthentics (sp) in grade school–including (drum roll!) the Chicken Dance! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. Ouch!! I’m sorry. I hope you heal quick.
    It is true about health insurance. I’m grateful I have good insurance!
    Here in Europe (a little different in every country) health insurance and access to doctors is seen as a basic right. (Of course as foreigners, we use our US insurance.)

    Bet better soon and hurray for being an athlete, an adult athlete.

    • People in Europe seem so much more compassionate (and practical) about health insurance issues than we. I’m glad you’ve got insurance AND access to doctors, and I wish that were the case for everyone.

      Thank you, Sarah, for the “adult athlete” affirmation. πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚

      I was NOT a Pollyanna when I left the PT clinic office. The receptionist had those synthetic fragrance sticks on her desk (!!), and I got an immediate (fierce!) migraine. I tried not to be cranky about it, but seriously, who leaves a health-related facility in worse shape than when they came in?

  7. It’s really weird–there were times in my life when I might have been happy about having an excuse for lazing around on the couch. But boy howdy, I *miss* my workouts! I’m itchin’ to get better, so I can get back to the gym.

    How about you, Peter–are you one of those people who’s naturally athletic?

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