When the great unforeseen occurs……….

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No one should start playing soccer after retirement. I was not convinced. So, that is what I was doing when I fell and fractured my right wrist. My life changed, and I lost interest in some activities I previously enjoyed. However, I promised myself that I would begin to write again before the end of 2018.

During the months following the accident, I fell in love with my left arm. I realized that I took my right arm for granted. I valued the Jamaican saying, “Cow never knows the use of its tail, till she loses it.”

I learnt to do the following “difficult” tasks with my left hand: taking a bath; combing my hair; writing my name; sweeping the floor; and making my bed.

For six weeks while my arm was securely positioned in a cast, there was so much swelling, so much pain, and I was impatient because I was not managing my expectations.

Finally, the day came for the cast to be removed. And…what a horrible looking wrist!! My son and I cried because my wrist was as stiff as a flat piece of board that was pressed out of shape. My fingers were swollen and lifeless. I hurried to the physiotherapist who chided me. “Why didn’t you come to see me while the cast was on?”

“No one advised me”, I replied.

I knew that I was in trouble and all the research I did convinced me that full healing could take a long time…..as long as a year.

Here are a few lessons from my experience. When the great unforeseen occurs:

  • Be patient with yourself;
  • Be humble, the great unforeseen does not discriminate;
  • Be creative and find other ways to do things.
  • Use the available technology;
  • Show more love to the people you now come to depend on;
  • Do not be shy to ask for help; and
  • Focus on the happy ending, nothing remains the same forever.

Talk soon……Claire


9 thoughts on “When the great unforeseen occurs……….”

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  2. Just knowing that you were playing soccer makes me smile, though I am so sorry that you were injured. It shows your spirit, and your attitude – that you were active and full of life — a positive force, and most likely you took that fall with a positive attitude… you were living, and not letting life leave you on the sidelines! A shoulder injury slowed me down once uponce a time, and wow, it’s sobering – but an injury helps us to realize what we often take for granted…


      1. i was in my early 50s when i saw young neighborhood children playing ‘street soccer’ — i saw the ball coming my way, so i turned around to be silly and block the ball – and fell flat on my rear. the embarrassment was worth the uninhibited laughter that followed!


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