Merry Christmas to everybody!
2 years ago, on Christmas Day 2015, I was lying in bed, at home, alone.
I couldn’t walk.
I had trouble even using the toilet without help. And I hadn’t showered for 2 days.
I had a mini Christmas tree on my beside table with half a dozen LED lights that I had soldered myself the year before.
I spent Christmas by myself with a giant glass bowl of pomegranates and some dry food like energy bars and trail mix. No presents in sight. I watched YouTube videos from the time I woke up until I went to sleep. The comedy was a wonderful distraction to get me through the pain of rolling over in bed.
This year, I spent Christmas surrounded by family.
I talked to my parents on the phone just before they left for their holiday vacation trip. I woke up to Amelia’s excited voice, seeing the cookies Santa ate and the presents that he gifted her. I opened gift upon gift upon gift from my very generous family. Alex’s sisters and parents are extremely generous gift givers.
I feel so lucky that I get to enjoy Christmas with family and a full tummy.
My Christmas holiday posts might seem overly sappy because I’m writing about how grateful and thankful I am for Christmas. I’m not trying to be a sanctimonious do-gooder. I’m not saying that you should feel thankful and grateful. (In fact, I don’t expect anybody to read this — anything I write that’s not Stories or Recipes, I write for myself because I enjoy it.)
No Takeways For Today
I’m just sayin’ I’m thankful to be alive.
I’m thankful I didn’t give up on myself. I’m thankful that I can walk without pain and I am not spending Christmas alone, barely able to brush my teeth, let alone leave my bedroom.
To everybody who’s not in the fortunate position I am in, my thoughts go out to you. Just get through Christmas and things will get better in the spring. There’s HOPE. Look at me! I walk pain free everyday now. It gets better.
Most importantly, thank you to Alex, my love, for nursing me back to health and being a wonderful husband. <3