Jill H. Garrett is a friend of mine from our Texas Star days at the University of Texas and I asked her to send some of her "Grinalittles" to share with our readers. She has sent some in and here is another. I hope you enjoy. - Jo Blaylock
"About 30 years ago, I had Rotator Cuff surgery on my right shoulder, including re-attaching the muscles that had also torn loose...OUCH! While playing five hours of volleyball I tore my muscles! Recovery and rehabilitation seemed to take forever. I had to depend on "others" to do almost everything I was accustomed to handling.
Pride often overshadowed pain. I even had to sign checks in some sort of chicken scratch with my left hand, which might have qualified me as a physician. And I constantly recalled my penmanship award in the third grade.
Another challenge was my extremely long hair. That first night home from the hospital, I had waited until the entire family was away, then cautiously set about to shampoo my locks still holding onto the antiseptic, hospital smell. To say I was eager and excited would definitely be an over-statement, but I felt I needed to accomplish something...anything.
The entire shampooing, rinsing, conditioning, rinsing took over an hour-and-a-half. Finding myself totally exhausted, another task was ahead...attempting to wrap wet and stringy "Rapunzel" strands in that turkish towel headdress! Wish it had been recorded on video for posterity, as an act of humility. My entire right arm attached to my body and in a sling led to some of the most peculiar poses and gyrations that would have qualified for a circus clown's performance.
The most consistant challenge was to over-ride the nighttime dilusions caused by my pain meds. Never having "experimented" with any substances other than Virginia Slims, it became necessary to try to reckon with these weird dreams. Family and friends that often sat in the bedroom, until I was fast asleep, shared with me later that I was a "hoot" in observing my movements and words. Some even took pictures or tape-recorded, like they were some sort of Alan Funt and "Candid Camera!"
All joking aside, from that day until now, everytime I hear the word "challenger," I become a bit more aware of what the "challenged,"referring to someone who requires some help, truly might allow me the opportunity of gladly and greatfully offering my assistance. This was especially considered, when the NASA Spacecraft, "Challenger" met it's fate years ago. As a result, I invite you to be a partner with me in these challenging situations that involve others in our lives, because I know how very much it will be appreciated, and it'll reward you with an incredible smile!
› Popular Categories
"The Challenge" By Jill H. Garrett
Categories: Stories and Memories
Leave a CommentDisqus Method (below): No Login Required. SKIP Password field and click "I'd rather post as a guest." How?
While expressing your opinions through our blog's commenting system, please observe our strict guidelines:
Hateful comments (with or without profanity) will not be published. Solely negative comments that contain no constructive message whatsoever will not be published.
Comments that serve as a promotional addendum for a business or organization (for example: plugs or promotes a special, coupon, service, product or sales event) will not be published, as this is paid information. Exceptions include 'Recommendations Needed' posts. Businesses are asked not to promote their own business through our commenting system.
Comments which contain promotional, time-sensitive information such as event specifics will not be published, as this is paid information. Please see our Submit a Listing page for information on how to submit events.
Please select your words carefully. Once comments have been submitted to the WWN commenting system and/or published, it may not be possible to delete or remove comments.
Comments should be no more than 2,000 characters in length.
It is generally recommended not to name individuals in your comments or isolate them in your pictures in a negative way, who have not given you permission to do so.
Please Comment on the Correct Thread (Post): To help folks find your comment and respond, please be sure you are staying on topic on the correct corresponding post/article. For example, one wouldn't comment about an up and coming election on a help wanted listing. Off topic comments will be removed to avoid confusion.
The WWN does not guarantee that all comments will be archived indefinitely.
The WWN reserves the right to have final discretion regarding the publishing of any and all comments.
(Last Update to Comment Policy: June 20, 2016.)
Currently Trending in the Network
Text and Photos by Linda Holzman A few days ago, I had a nice luncheon date with a couple of friends, Deb Navin and Elise Smith. Elise wo...
Whether you are a hard-working fashion forward person looking to shake things up or know someone who is, we want to hear from you! We are ...
Shared by Debra Corpora Chuck Lucas has a Broad-billed Hummingbird in his yard. From Chuck: “Others are welcome to view the bird at the li...
Dear WWN Readers, I am looking for a friend of mine from high school named Lynne White Richie . My name is Ada Rinehart Dueitt , and...
400 sq. ft. Bungalow. Fully furnished. Screened Porch, private parking, private waterfront access. Wifi & Cable. No smoking or pets. ...
CLICK HERE for full document City of Rockport, Texas | City Council Agenda, Jan 24, 2017
Creative packing is called for when traveling with six humans, one cat, and everyone's gear. What is the best age to introduce chil...
523 S. Fulton Beach Road Rockport, Texas 78382 (361)729-9003 or (361)290-8533 Bellinosrockport@yahoo.com Hours: Open 6 days/week, C...
We’ve been hiding a secret out at the shelter and it’s about time that it’s heard by all. Some folks think that Lori is the manager, and ...
Under the direction of the Office Manager/Team Leader, this position is responsible for performing general clerical duties and providing c...