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SELF-CARE AND EMPOWERMENT

“Joy, Joy, Joy,” I yelled.


She responded, “Coming, Coming.”


I could hear the sound of her slipper as she quickened her steps to my room in the quiet morning.


“My God.” She gasped upon seeing the sprawled body.

Then she stooped beside me on the cold tile and in hush tones stated, “I have to get help, to get you up but it is too early to disturb the neighbors.”


I was in excruciating pain and was unable to move. I felt imprisoned in my own bedroom. The hours seem like days. The music on the radio was no longer in my consciousness but my deep breathing scared me. And to complicate matters Joy was speechless.


At six o’clock help came from two of our male neighbors who slung me onto the bed. This was an ordeal as I cried out like a baby during the process.


An ambulance was summoned and transported me to the hospital where x-rays were done. According to my daughter, the x-rays revealed that I had broken my hip in five places and the bones in my left wrist were broken as well. So surgery was slated for the following day.


The operation was successful. After a few days, a therapist was assigned to me but I was hesitant to do the exercise. I became fearful and overwhelmed as I reflected on the accident. I just got out of bed and opened one of my windows and turned to swish off the light when one of my legs slipped and I was on the ground. The therapist challenged me to have a new mindset for healing to take place.


Realizing that this was crucial to my wellbeing I tried but I cried. After a week I was discharged but the work of the therapist continued.


My daughter got an appropriate bed so that I could be handled by the nurse who came to care for me. At this time, I was like a young baby, I was totally dependent on everyone. I was wearing diapers again and having to be turned every four hours was challenging.


I had the responsibility to ensure that I cared for myself emotionally and spiritually. This I did through reflections on scriptures such as Philippians 4: 11-13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I also reminded myself of God’s limitless powers to do things for me and here I apply another scripture 2 Timothy 1:17 “God has not given the spirit of fear but of love and power and a sound mind.” I also surrounded myself with a Christian radio station that spoke the word of God and played uplifting music.


Within five months I was able to have meals in the dining room. I became an overcomer. I still have work to be done for a true sense of independence but I have hope with God’s help and the people who he has place in my life to love and care for me.

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