Monday, November 21, 2011

Being Thankful Linky Party

1. What are you thankful for in your classroom?
Most important, I am so thankful for my students who are so precious and inspiring.  They challenge me everyday to be the best teacher I can be and love me no matter what.
Secondly, the material things:  I am thankful for the technology that we are able to have and implement.  I just got a Promethean Board and a new laptop.  I am also very fortunate to have a wireless Ladibug document camera and an iTouch I got via a Donors Choose Donors grant. It makes teaching fun and engaging for the children and for me, too!

2. What are you most thankful for?
I have to say I am most thankful for still having my beautiful mother in my life.  We almost lost her to a tragic accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury exactly 2 years ago.  We didn't even know if she would make it through brain surgery that November day and, when she did, we were unsure if she'd come out of her induced coma.  Although it was a celebration that she did, we still didn't know how much of "mom" we'd get back: Would she be able to walk? Talk? Would she even know who we were again? At that point we woud have taken anything and dealt with it as it came.  When you come that close to losing someone you can't imagine living without, you take what you can get.  Well, I am happy to say, after months of hospitalization and rehabilitation and the undying love and devotion (and  retirement!) of my father (whom I am also so, so, so grateful for), mom has recovered to almost 100% and still seems to get better and even closer to her old self every day. We all love her so much and are so proud of her getting through these past two years because it was so much hard work, will and strength on her part as well. Pre-accident (as we refer to it) Mom was (and still is) the type of person who never wanted to be a bother to anyone and would go out of her way to help others, so having to be so dependent on everyone else throughout this whole process (living in the hospital, rehab, losing her license, forgetting how to cook and do her everyday things) just made her work even harder. It has been an amazing journey for our family and we are so THANKFUL that we are on the other end and it is becoming a memory for us that we can talk about and not live.  Just another reminder, tell and show the ones you love how much you do because, as I found out, your life can change in an absolute instant! 
I love you so much, mom (she'll be reading this because she secretly stalks my blog and always tells me how proud of me she is).

Of course, I would be remiss to not mention how thankful I am for my little family (Mr. Miner, Cayden, 6 and Dawson, 4), our beautiful home with lots of land, and my furry creatures, too.  Life is even better than I had hoped in my younger years and for all of that, I am THANKFUL. 
What are you thankful for?
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  1. I am so glad I read this post! My husband (we just got married in April) was in a very bad car accident this summer and suffered a TBI also. We spent almost 3 months in ICU and a rehab hospital and are still in outpatient therapy. He has come so far and it so good to hear a story of almost complete recovery. I have days where I feel sorry for myself b/c I'm not sure if he'll ever get back to his "old" self, but I remind myself that we are so lucky to still have him. You have no idea how much your post has encouraged me tonight! Thanks again and congrats to your mom for working hard and making such a great recovery!

  2. Yes, Vickie, every feel bad for ourselves conversation always resulted in, "Imagine if ..." and realizing that YES we were so lucky that mom was even alive. You are entitled to feel all of those emotions in your journey. You will miss the pre-accident him like crazy, but, just remember that he is still in there and that time will bring him back to you. I am assuming he is young and, hopefully, healthy, which is on his side. You have the most difficult job being with him all of the time, BUT it is the most important one as you know. My mom would never be where she is without all of the love and support she had, especially from my dad. They had been married over 40 years and this is the true meaning of "through sickness and in health." You are not alone, Vickie. Please email me if you have amy other questions or just want to chat. Time will make this better even when you think his healing has come to a stop. The brain is the most delicate, intricate and mysterious organ. xoxoxoxo Thanks for chiming in.

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