Dislocated Elbow and Strength 

July 5th, was just another day. I felt like I was really on top of things. I had done all the dishes, bought groceries, did some light housekeeping, caught up on homework, applied some very natural makeup and dinner prep was completed. I felt like I was getting things done. I decided to do some laundry. We have the washer and dryer in a small shed in the backyard. As I was switching loads of laundry, I missed a step and started to fall down. It all happened so quickly. It was a flurry of laundry, hair, and limbs. I remember saying “Shit!” as I threw my arms straight out to catch myself. Then I heard a horrible sound that I will never forget. cccrrreeeeck I experienced the worst pain of my life. Hot tears automatically fell down my cheeks and a searing and burning pain shot up and down my arm. I couldn’t lift my right arm. I felt my forearm loose and swing in my skin. I had never felt like a piece of meat like I did that day. I had lost my glasses in the fall. I was covered in dirt, crying, in pain, and scared. My husband was at work so I was alone. I started screaming for my father-in-law who lives next door, but he wasn’t home. I had left my phone inside my house. The hot summer sun was unforgiving and I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t pick myself up so I started crawling to my house. I got my phone and called my mother-in-law and briefly explained what happened. Within three minutes my in-laws were putting me in a car and taking me to the hospital. I remember during all the confusion, my mind was racing. Everything was crystal clear while in slow motion. My fear wanted to let me cry and feel sorry for myself but instinct kicked in and made me do what I had to do to get help. I’m not going to lie, it hurt like hell but laying down and doing nothing was not an option. I never in a million years think that something like that would happen to me and when it did, I thought that there was no way I was strong enough to do it. On the way to the hospital, my mother-in-law told me that my shoulder was probably dislocated and they would have to pop it back into place. She knows that I fight fear with knowledge. I was still horrified at the thought of moving my arm much less popping it back in. As I went through the motions of registration at the hospital, I pictured my soul leaving my damaged body and going to the most beautiful and peaceful place I could think of that was far away. It didn’t make the pain go away but it dulled it. At end I was treated by a kind team of medical professionals and showered with love from my family. As I am typing this post, I’m sitting in my living room with my arm in a temporary cast getting used to doing everyday things like pouring myself a bowl of cereal. But through it all, I learned a few lessons that I hope to share with you. 

1. Life will throw unexpected things at you and that’s okay

2. You are stronger than you will ever know

3. God or the universe or whatever higher being you believe in, never gives you more than you can handle

4. Prayer is life saving 

5. You have survived every bad day you ever encountered and will continue to do so

6. Love can make amazing things happen

7. NEVER do laundry on your day off (just kidding) 

It wasn’t until I was at my most broken and vulnerable state that I recognized my strength. I hope you all learn from my dislocated elbow and realize how beautiful and strong you are. For the next few weeks I am going to be waking up sore and tired but as for you all, wake up inspired! 💋❤️

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