Friday, January 2

Finally, a new year!

The last few months I've been waiting for this new year like no other. I'm inspired by new things and new opportunities to begin fresh. I'm willing myself to feel better. Physically the collar bone is healing. I can't believe that it hasn't already. I continue with the exercises but I have developed some sort of chronically sore neck and shoulder that I'm told is normal. The ribs are healing too. Although rolling over in my sleep on my back wakes me up immediately! Ouch! I'm convinced, however, that the ribs will get stronger soon. I now have bumpy parts at each break site, evidence of calcification around the fractures. That's okay but my once smooth collar bone now sports a fairly large lump that resembles a mountain peak. I see it as I see my motherhood-earned stretch marks: these are the dues one pays for the choices made. 

Emotionally, I'm better too. I know for certain that each day brings hope for better days ahead. To all those whom I've promised to get back to, I will very soon. I am looking forward to catching up on all my friends' blogs, which I've missed terribly. Now that the holidays have passed, I can shift my focus back to more self-selected tasks. While I know that the new year can deal me anything, even some more difficult times, I am strengthened by surviving all that has come before. 

The image in the picture is a gift from my dear friend, Claire. The little girl is painted on wood. She is holding onto hope. She hangs on for me too.

Happy New Year. May you show strength in all that 2009 brings your way.

One more thing. Thanks to all of you for everything!


Jack Riepe said...

Dear Sharon:

Your most recent post cheered me right up today. I'm delighted that your injuries are showing progress of healing and getting stronger. When I slammed my ribs, the doctor told me that they would hurt for ten days. They hurt for three/four months. And mine weren't broken. My friend Dick Bregstein's ribs hurt for close to five months. He broke 6 ribs in two places.

I once lived in a city the depressed me every day of my life. It wasn't just one particular aspect of the city, but a number of things that conspired to drive me crazy. I found a great cure. I moved. I moved 400 miles away to another environment all together, and never looked back.

You would be surprised at how good you feel in Small Town, USA, where everything is a prop for a Norman Rockwell painting.

My arthritis is killing me and keeping me from riding. So is my weight. Time to deal with both.
The MOA Rally this year is in Gray, Tennessee. You should come. I will be there with my club. It would give us a great chance to ride together. I look forward to correcting all your bad riding habits.

Happy New Year!
Fat Jack
Twisted Roads

Stephen said...

During my youth, I seemed to be perpetually injured in some respect due to my cavalier attitude and inability to turn away from a dare (I still struggle with an effective counter to the "Triple dog dare!").

My most uncomfortable experience, if you want to call it an "experience", was a rib injury that I had acquired from a water skiing adventure (water is really hard at 45 m.p.h.). The doctor said that it would take 2 to 3 weeks to heal, it was more like all summer.

The only comfort I recieved from that injury was that the pain was excruciating only when I would breathe.........or thought about breathing.

It's good to read that you are on the road to recovery.

Here's wishing you a safe and healthy 2009.

Ride Well


Unknown said...


I'm glad you are on the mend and in good spirits. Hope you had a fantastic holiday season and looking forward to a better 2009.

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

Jack, sorry for the late response. I'm glad that I was able to cheer you up a tad. I think doctors lie! The truth is that the healing definitely takes longer than we're told! I've been pushing it a little and paying the price! So, I'm trying to be better, trying to be more patient.

As I told you elsewhere, I plan to attend the rally this year. We shall meet. By then, I hope that we are both whole or at least so close to our goals that we can taste it. Thanks for hanging in here with me. I wish you some relief for your ailment...sending you good vibrations.

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

Earl, you are telling me truths that I've now heard from others. Thanks for more confirmation. I'm battling impatience! I appreciate your insights and I'm trying to be patient. I know that I'll heal but dang, this is taking longer than I thought. I've got to work on patience. Your comment about the pain when you breath fits exactly how I felt early on! Still, I'll get an occasional reminder of that period. Thanks, Earl!

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

bobskoot, thanks! I did have a nice holiday. Frankly, I'm glad the holidays are over though. I needed the New Year. I've been feeling better, really better, since Jan 2. Belated, Happy New Year to you.