A Hot Bath and the Simple Things in Life

15 Nov

A couple of weeks ago I spoke to my sister-in-law in New York who told me how wonderful it was to have running water and a hot bath. Not surprising after she was evacuated from her super-storm Sandy-ravaged house. It’s only natural that one focuses on immediate challenges.

I’m continuously amazed how my own daughters keep coming up with practical plans for our own immediate challenges. Almost immediately after I clicked “publish” for my last blog, pain kicked in yet again – as did a certain amount of desperation. “No problem”, chirps one of my girls, “just have a hot bath”.

One forgets how simple solutions can be found right under our noses. Weightless (and relatively pain-free) in the warmth of your own water.

If only life was a simple as a hot bath… or just getting around. But as we all know, it’s not.

When I say “getting around”, I don’t mean driving myself from A to B; I haven’t been behind the wheel for weeks now. I mean getting to the car. Walking those few, all too taken for granted, steps. My body has betrayed me – but it’s the only one I’ve got. So regardless of the pain, I have to keep moving somehow… just keep moving, walking, stretching. Seems like ages ago it was from the golf buggy to hit my ball. Then my efforts were reduced to walking round the block. Then, round the house and garden. And just latterly, “round the house”, is a few steps in the house itself. Funny, that with all my so-called discipline and fight, I need to be constantly cajoled and reminded to do my rounds.

Again, I’m so grateful that Pam and the girls give me so much time, care and devotion. Sidelle, running around to do whatever required; Joanna, literally “hands-on” every night, and Nadia, with so many solution. The latest, was the not-so-subtle suggestion of using a wheel-chair again. “Don’t see as a step backwards, see it as the opportunity of us still being able to go to the beach and enjoy the warmth of the winter sunshine.” “Besides”, she added, “we’ve been there before”. Who would have believed that almost two years has passed since I was wheel-chair bound (before being hospitalized). Who knows when and how things will turn out.

Let’s hope that one step back is worth the next two steps forward.     


7 Responses to “A Hot Bath and the Simple Things in Life”

  1. Karen and Russell Abel at 7:30 pm #

    It is just so beautiful reading your blog. Your personal anecdotes and never-ending hope give all your devoted followers (including the more silent ones!) inspiration and encouragement in our daily lives.
    Keep stepping forward with the support of your amazing family.

  2. Tzippi at 6:49 am #

    Sending you much chizuk! Your family and friends are with you.as our hopes and prayers.

  3. Libby at 9:18 am #

    I wish you all the best and many hot baths to luxuriate in (not just for pain relief) to come!

  4. Angie & Albert at 7:22 am #

    In the words of Maurice Chevalier – Thank Heaven,for little girls…………and thank heaven for your blog Mart. My heart lifts whenever I see a new posting. Listen to Nads, go out into the sunshine but please dodge those rockets and stay safe. Shabbat shalom and much love from us all xxxxx

  5. Amy at 5:21 pm #

    Keep seeing and showing us the joy of the simple things!

  6. Osnat Huta at 9:28 pm #

    Dear warrior, I have only awe for the battle you have been fighting and wish you all the strength hope and will to overcome. If ever you have endured emotional pain that may have been as drenching as what you are enduring, I pray you will find a way to release it, and gain more strength and power to overcome.

  7. Estelle at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for showing everyone how one can always choose to be moving forward, always forward. Lots of love to you and your wonderful family.

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