It’s been so long I had to look up what SARS stood for (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
That was part of the underlying score as I spent five weeks in two hospitals starting nine years ago early this morning.
Why was I laid up?
Some of the details I remember quite clearly, as I recalled in my story, but the twenty-four-to-forty-eight hours following my mishap have been wiped from my memory – calling my friend Karen, Karen calling my Mom, Mom calling me. I had perked up a little by the time my sisters and Craig called. My down-and-out time was spent in surgery and recovering from it – repairing my right femur and radius by “internal fixation” one at a time, mind you, but under the same anesthetic (these x-rays are roughly what mine looked like when all was done.)
From the moment the first fire-truck arrived until my last day at the rehab hospital on June 6 SARS, and the necessary but de-humanizing preventive measures against it, was a constant fact of life in Toronto. The TV movie made about it wasn’t far off the mark at all.
So nine years later, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge, but I still see the places on my leg and arm where the incisions were made and on days when my body aches those two spots tend to lead off.
Once upon a time living to see 2003 seemed an unrealistic dream, and that spring was quite a nightmare, but I remember lying on my hospital bed “bargaining” to hopefully walk again, use a cane for the rest of my life even, and, while I thought I had to do so for some time, that is no longer the case.
This mishap was the catalyst for a lot of therapy – and not just of the physical variety. I became familiar with the idea that significant trauma can re-awaken (or rouse for the first time) past trauma. I’ve done a lot of work in nine years, if I do say so myself.
So there’s my shot of gratitude for the day!