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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 10:17 pm
Wow... I didn't realize I've been away from DW so long. Going to have to do better about that!

And now, on to the post at hand...

Will you join me in a celebration?

One year ago today*, I very nearly shuffled off this mortal coil. In those 365 days, I've gone from:

- a fractured skull
- 5 fractured vertebrae
- a physical inability to bend more than about 10 degrees, and
- a medically-ordered limitation not to exceed 20 lbs of exertion in any direction


- slightly decreased mobility in one shoulder, and
- slightly decreased sensitivity in one hand

and both of those are still improving. Other than that, as far as I can tell, I am fully recovered.

When my accident happened, I received a PHENOMENAL outpouring of love and support from my family, friends, students, "grand-students," and co-workers. There were people from across the country and even around the globe praying for me, doing healing work/ceremonies/etc for me, even having meals sent to my home. The accident happened in the middle of some house renovations we were having done, and three people jumped in their car and drove several hundred miles to come help make the house safe for the just-barely-functional person I was at that time. Two others took it in turn to stay with us and help my wife take care of me and continue getting the house back in order during my convalescence.

I don't know what I could ever have done to get such awesome and amazing people in my life, but I thank you all from the bottom of my (still beating) heart.

There were so many who did so much that it would be impossible for me to even begin to pay them all back -- nor would most of them allow me to if I tried. Since I can't do that, I feel compelled to at least "pay it forward."

Even more so than usual, today I'm going to try to help others, or to simply do nice things for them. Things like buying my team coffee and donuts this morning. Things like maybe giving that panhandler a bit more than I would have otherwise. Things like maybe pulling over and helping that person with their hood up on the side of the road. Not to say I wouldn't be inclined do these things anyway, just making a special effort to do things like that even more.

I'm not trying to change the world, I'm just trying to make this corner of it a slightly better, slightly brighter place for still having me in it.

Won't you join me? Please?

* Since I wrote this post this morning, I've found out that my mental calendar is off by two days. I didn't fall on Oct 20, it was on Oct 18. The reason Oct 20 stuck in my head was because that was the first day of work that I missed, and the date that I had to put onto a small mountain of paperwork.


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