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Gratitude Works Wonders

Everyone who has been through a total knee replacement knows that it takes a lot of recuperation and hard work. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any better. Well, I have a story I wanted to share about this.

While going through physical therapy, I was put on the exercise bike. This was very difficult, caused a lot of pain, and I dreaded it. It was two-fold, actually. I dreaded it since I knew what a hard time I had with it. On the other hand, I wanted to do it since I knew how helpful it was for my recuperation process.

One day, as I was bicycling, I was griping up a storm. Life was miserable, I was in pain, and I hated that damn machine. Gripe, gripe, gripe. Then, I turned and looked at the lady laying next to me on the workout mat…

She had no legs. Both of her legs were amputated at the knee.

To say I felt awful, is an understatement. How could I possibly complain about my one knee when someone else has no legs? Wow…

Reality hit hard that day. It’s strange how the universe works. Suddenly, things were put into perspective.

This isn’t to say that I don’t complain (who? Me?) about the tkr recuperation process still – I just think more often about how much worse it could be.

So, be grateful for what you have every day. Yes, I know, sometimes it is easier said than done. However – Gratitude works wonders. 🙂

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3 Responses

  1. Gratitude is wonderful for personal growth and self improvement. You need to be grateful for everything you have and those that surround you on a daily basis. Once you find gratitude you will find amazing things start to happen.

  2. Isn’t that the truth, there is always someone in worse shape than we are. About three months ago I went to a museum meeting and there was a woman there whose husband had the same doctor and I and had just had thr, I had thr in March and then tkn replacement in July. He made me look like a really woose. He was a double amputee and had a terrible hip infection in his first thr, Dave (my doc) thought he had it taken care of and replace that thr and two weeks later the man had an infection in the new thr! Talk about a terrible situation. David took care of that infection and about a month later the fellow “drove himself” to his doctor appointment! And we should grouse.
    Keep Pedaling!

  3. Thanks for sharing your great story, Charleen. I’m sure others will enjoy it, also. 🙂

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