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A Lesson from a Nursing Home

Youth. Health. When do we ever realize how important they are? When do we stop and notice how agile we are, how lucky we are to be able to care for ourselves? How much does independence affect our lives? How often do we say “Thank you g-d; I can walk on my own feet, hear with my ears, and feed myself with my very own hands.” Sometimes it takes a stark contrast to put us in our place and show us how much there is to be thankful for.
It was a regular, hectic Friday morning when the call came in. My grandmother had gotten up in the middle of the night, and taken a bad fall. She was to have surgery sometime that day, and if everything went well, she would be sent to a nursing/rehab center until her bones strengthened. The weekend was tense and frightening; surgery always is and especially in a woman of her age.
A week later, Friday morning, Grandma was released and sent to the Rehab Center. She acclimated well to her surroundings, and a couple of days later was even willing to go to therapy. That was what everyone else was doing. The next week posed a slight problem; none of her child…

 

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