Meet my husband's boo boo head. As a motivational speaker on living a healthy lifestyle, I have now added a new bullet point to my power point slide: Avoid injury to keep feeling good! It took this close call to happen for us to set new safety rules around our house.
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we were both busy with sprucing up much needed attention to our homestead. Me on the inside and him on the outside (how stereotypical are we?). To make dusting ceiling fan blades a little more exciting I decided to put in ear buds and listen to some moovin' groovin' tunes. It was sort of working when I thought I heard my name being called. Our normally reclusive neighbor was inside calling for me. "David has fallen off the roof."
Do you know how that feels when you are given news that could potentially change your life in a devastating way?
I made it downstairs and outside to find him on the driveway, flat on his back, conscious thank God, leg tangled in the ladder. It was quickly and gratefully discovered that he hadn't broken ANYTHING! Leg/ankle/foot – fine. No pain in hips or back. Then I saw the broadening pool of blood from the back of his head. Fast forward to ride to ER with ice pack and towel. Unbelievable that he wasn't in any pain anywhere! He had experienced a concussion long ago and knew that he hadn't suffered another one here. Which was later, much later, confirmed by the MRI. He's home with those Frankensteinian staples in his scalp and healing quickly.
We had plenty of time to discuss his blessed luck on this one. It could have been lights out, or worse, broken back and paralysis. These moments give one perspective on what's really important in life and how minor all our daily grievances really are. Wonderful motivational speaker Linda Larsen's "Gratitude Showers" are so right on! Once we processed the prayers of thanks I proposed new safety rules for us:
1. No getting up on ladders or roofs without someone looking out from below.
2. No trimmimg palm trees with chainsaws without someone looking out from below (out of range of falling fronds)
3. Be keenly observant of your surroundings and fix any possible hazards before diving in
4. Trust your gut when it's yelling "Danger Will Robinson!"
In addition to eating your leafy greens and exercising, I'd like to offer this extra advice of personal safety awareness to really boost your health quotient!
From a grateful wife and speaker.