Last week, my wife had knee surgery that required her to use crutches to get around the house. She cannot drive. She cannot use stairs. She has to rely on everyone to help her get around, get food, and dress herself. It’s not until we lose our abilities that we realize how much we take them for granted for daily, seemingly mundane tasks. As a caregiver, I’m happy to help in any way I can—recovery is hard. Through this experience, I am evaluating the things I take for granted, and through that reflection, I hope to become a more patient person with folks with a disability.
I just hope I can be patient with myself when it’s my turn to heal from an injury and when my body begins to fail.