I had this bright idea to scrub the floor yesterday and since I’m a bit OCD, I chose to get down on the floor and lug my body along with a bucket of vinegar water across the room to ensure that every nook and cranny was cleaned.
I didn’t crawl around on my hands and knees as I would have done years ago. For me that’s an impossibility. I am unable to kneel due to numb and weak body parts. I just pull myself around backwards on my butt. I’m sure I am not the only person who does that. Surprisingly I am pretty good at it too. I’m actually better at that than I am at walking.
When I finished, it came time to get up from the floor. Now that’s a big deal. I am definitely more qualified at get down on the floor than I am at get up. The thing is, even though I know this fact about how my body functions, I still disregard it and find myself in these crazy predicaments without a planned solution to help me out.
It took me over 30 minutes to make my way off the floor. I tried all my normal tricks to no avail. I’m sure if there was a camera focused on me at the time, I would have resembled a beached whale in need of life support. I simply had no strength to pull myself up.
As I sat on the floor in tears and feeling defeated, I came close to calling a friend and asking them to leave work to help me off the floor, but my stubborn determination won out.
I remembered a video I had watched a few years back on how to get up from the floor MacGyver style! I used the “book method” since I had a nearby bookcase loaded with books. You have to watch the video to know what I mean, but I slipped books under my butt to slowly raise myself up to a height where I could pull myself onto my chair.
It took a bit of work, but I made it. I did nothing the rest of the day, but felt proud of myself for the accomplishment. It’s funny to me the things that make me feel proud lately. Getting up from the floor may seem trivial to a majority of people, but for me it was monumental.
Don’t avoid asking for help. If someone had been home with me, I would have surely had them help me get up, but sometimes you are the only one around and you have no other choice. You have to push through and figure out a way to make things work.
Never let a moment of defeat cause you to give up. We may have to do things differently than a majority of the population, but with a bit of creativity, ingenuity and determination anything is possible.
Now today is nail clipping day. That’s another task that takes some ingenuity and creativity for me to complete. I wonder if there is a MacGyver option for that too.