Today I am going to put down some thoughts in no particular order about the stuff I am struggling with.
I wonder if my accident was the universe telling me to never ride a bike again. Not only did I have an accident but I hear many stories about other people having accidents too.
I loved riding my bike and I know I will love riding it again and I also know that I will be a different rider and hopefully a better rider. I also know it is a process. I am only at the beginning of the process of getting my fitness and my core strength back and I have no idea if in that process I might decide that there are other sports that I could take up. I don’t think there will be another sport that I get so much enjoyment from and I am struggling with the slowness of the process.
I know I had an event that was life threatening but I didn’t ever feel like I was going to die. My father on the other hand is a vascular surgeon and understands how close I was to dying. Many people have said to me that they do not think I should get back on my bike but Dad is the one person who I know I have effected the most. I do not want to put him through that stress again but I know I want to ride my bike again.
I talk about the accident a lot. I get asked about the accident a lot. It is part of my story now but I don’t want it to be part of my story. I often feel like it is someone else I am talking about. I am struggling with how to make it part of my story in a way that makes me a happier person.
I don’t want my life to be different but it is.
I want to make a difference in people’s lives – I would be happy with just one persons life but I seem to be consumed with my own recovery at present.
I love listening to everyone’s stories about their exercise adventures such as skiing and cycling – but I hate it too.
I look down at my scar and I am grateful that I am here but I hate that I have a scar from my sternum to below my belly button.
I am grateful that I can enjoy music and things other than cycling but I hate that I am not on my bike.
I am grateful that I can walk but I am frustrated that I can’t run.
I am grateful that I have a wonderful physio but I wish I didn’t see him so often.
I am grateful that I am not working so that I can take time out to rest but I hate that I get overwhelmed and teary when I layer anything on my existing health. For example if I get over tired, hormonal or put too many things in my calendar the wheels fall off.
I am grateful that I didn’t have a head injury but I think I must have given my brain a good shake up because my decision making ability is still compromised, my cognitive function is slower than it used to be and I make really dumb decisions regularly.
I don’t want to think about my accident but I have no choice as it is effecting my everyday life all the time – I still have back pain, I still get tired, I still am not riding my bike, I look down at my belly and it is all flabby and all my abdominal muscles have relaxed ( in a much worse way than following having children), I am not back at uni, I still take longer to get dressed, I have put on weight, I am not fit………and so it goes on.
I feel guilty that I feel like this because I am here, I do not have a terminal illness and many many people are much worse off than I am.
In summary: I have had an accident that was life threatening. I don’t want to rehash the story in a way that takes over my life but the effects of the accident are still effecting my life in a very significant way. I think it is unhealthy to disregard these feeling of frustration, anger and ungratefullness. I need to intergrate and acknowledge that I have had a life threatening accident and understand that it is now part of me in a way that adds to my life and in a way that gives me more empathy and understanding for others.
So………I will keep talking about it, I will continue to blog about what I am grateful about and occasionally I will be grumpy, frustrated and not grateful. And I will keep getting better!
Do you have something that has happened to you that you don’t want to acknowledge but that if you did would be healthy ? You never know it might help someone else in some small way.