I know well know whats it's like to experience a traumatic event in your life. After being in a high speed car accident (170km/h) and recieving multiple fractures in my left leg had left my whole life completely devestated. Yet i'm sitting here in the hospital nearly three weeks after the accident with a smile on my face. Just today physiotherapy gave me crutches and and I was able to stand up and actually on the first try with them make it down the hall and back. It is very difficult to do my body has been left weakened and everytime I get up the blood rushing into my injured leg makes me feel slightly light headed. I consider myself a warrior who will not let obstructions like this wear me down. After my first try and sucess with the crutches I went back to my room and cried a bit to myself because I was so happy of my accomplishment. I believe anytime you make an accomplishment like this you should be proud of yourself and it should help fuel a positive recovery process. It took a lot of smaller steps to get to this stage but even through those smaller steps you need to feel proud and congratulate yourself on your accomplishments. Feeling bad about yourself will not get you anywhere but self-determination will power and bringing yourself to near your maximum everytime will indeed benefit recovery. Day-by-day now I seem to accomplish more and more as I can feel my arms and my legs are slightly sore from being used and I know this will only make me stronger tomorrow. When tomorrow comes and I go a little further than what I went today I know everyday will just keep getting better and better. Also remember to keep a strong positive attitude if you can find humour about your position I have found this to be very powerful in lifting your spirit. For example I had a catheter for several days after the accident it's not very fun LOL but anyways I was joking that it's been in so long and hey has made life a bit easier that I almost don't want it out LOL! But overall TAKE IT OUT! Stuff like that can really help you out. For the first 10 days I was really feeling down then I just woke up and said I can't feel like this anymore i've gone 10 days down now it's time to go 10 days up and beyond so I started exercising my arms and moving my toes forward and backward for 2 hours that morning. It really lifted my spirits the grey that had shrouded me for days dissipated I felt a lot brighter I felt so good infact I moved my bed into a position so that I was sitting upright. At first this made me feel awful light headed and almost sick but I powered myself through it I waited 15mins.... 30mins.... an hour then the light headedness began to clear but my body was still very weak my bed felt like a magnet that just pulled me back. I just kept on going up like that several times a day and eventually after 2 days it was not a problem anymore. Then physiotherapy helped dangle my legs over the side of the bed and helped me do my first stand. This took all the energy from my body I was completely exhausted and unfortunatly it was the long weekend so they would not be in for several days. Through the weekend with the help of nurses and my parents I continued to dangle my legs over the side of the bed and do a few a stands. There was nothing better than doing a stand with the help of my mom and being able to hug one another once I was up it brought tears to both of our eyes we were both so happy. So when physiotherapy did see me again my self-determination and persistance to ask for support really paid off. I hope this brings support to someone who is feeling down and please understand 10 smalls steps is one big step it takes time reward yourself for your small accomplishments with happiness for yourself. Once a much bigger accomplishment is made you'll feel even better!
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