Happy 2 Year Accident-versary to ME!
Note: I wrote this post on the exact day of my accident but since I was traveling and didn’t have my photos handy, I thought I’d wait until I had all my ducks in a row before I posted it. So here we are… QUACK QUACK :P
Today marks two years since my accident. It feels surreal that two years ago, to this exact day, I broke my back and learned how to walk again. Oh how time flies, am I right? :)
I’ve thought a lot about what to post for this special day. I consider today to be a special day because it was a rebirth of sorts. A day that I feel fortunate I was able to overcome and persevere through.
For those of you who still have NO idea what I’m talking about, you can see my first post after my accident when I took my first steps again, another one detailing the emotional rollercoaster my rehabilitation process entailed, etc.
I thought today would be a wonderful time to relive a fun memory from when I lived in a nursing home. I know that sounds a bit weird but I was stuck there doing physical therapy so what was a girl like me to do? Well…BAKE! That’s what! :P
My awesome occupational therapist, Minnett, took pity on me and my withdrawals from baking, so one day, as part of my therapy for learning how to function in a world in a wheelchair (at the time), she went out and got a few brownie/cookie mixes from the 99 cents store!!
I was completely flabberghasted and beyond excited. I learned how to stabilize myself when I had to stand up out of my wheelchair to wash the pans, prep the batter, etc. Check out my spiffy set of wheels! ;)
She did have to assist me with opening/closing the oven door and putting the pans in just to make sure I didn’t hurt myself but to see I could do most things on my own without any help really boosted my morale. Shown below is the brownie batter, which I of course had to tweak with coffee to make it even MORE delicious… :P
As much as I liked most of the workers at the nursing home and also having some of the regular tenants stop by and ask if I was coming to karaoke in the common room with them :P, being in a nursing home really took a toll on me emotionally. It was hard for me to remain cheerful and bubbly which is my normal disposition, when I saw so many people in pain just from old age or various ailments and there was nothing I could do about it.
Being able to bake REALLY brightened my day and once everything was reasonably cool, I set off to distribute my goodies throughout the nursing home :) Here are some unedited pictures of the finished products!!
The wheelchair actually aided me then versus a walker because I was able to put the pan of chocolate chip cookies and brownies on my lab and roll around to pass them out to people.
It was a lot of fun and I even had some people stop by my room after to grab seconds!
I’ve realized that a lot of my joy comes from spreading happiness (usually in the form of baked goods) to others. It’s what makes me feel whole and complete. I know that many of you who read this blog have tasted my desserts so you know how much love and decadence I put into them. And if you haven’t yet, I really hope to meet you someday to give you some delicious goodies to brighten your day! :D
So here’s a happy 2 year accident-versary to me and a very, very happy Monday to you :) Please post in the comments below some of your favorite desserts/foods that I bestowed upon you ;) And if you haven’t had any yet, what sounds good to you? You never know what might end up finding its way to you!
Until next time, y’all!! ;P