Hands…what have yours done? Do you ever think about them? Do you ever appreciate what your hands have accomplished? Honestly…I haven’t…until today.
The biggest part of Ankylosing Spondylitis is joint swelling, extreme pain and fusion of joints. These are mainly large joints but my hands and feet are beginning to be affected. Today, I cant wear my wedding band because of swelling so I bought some cute silicone rings to take its place…today I can’t work on the crocheted baby blanket for my best friend.
Days like today get me …..but then I think about what my hands have done in 29 years and -holy WOW…if I lose all function today, I know my hands have helped me to do more than most people ever have the chance.
These hands have taught colts to lead and then to saddle and then to ride. These hands have held the reins on a horse a few days off the track and taught him to enjoy retirement.
These hands have held four reins of a double bridle and trotted into a ring full of cheering people. These hands have shook as I rode a five gaited horse for the first time.
These hands have held hands-of young, of old, of sick, of dying…they have been the first and the last touch.
They have performed chest compressions, intubation, ventilation, IVs, drawn up medication, given medication, dried tears and have folded in prayer beside a dying patient.
These hands have held my husband’s hands as we became one and then held our sons as they were born. These hands have carried babies then toddlers, soothed boo boos and rocked bad dreams away. They have made shadow puppets on the wall and made playdough airplanes and dinosaurs .
These hands have taught lectures and scenarios and helped students learn to use their minds as well as their hands.
These hands have rescued animals and nursed them back to health . They have thrown hay and pitched manure.
These hands have tried and failed and tried and won. These hands have folded in prayer and raised in praise.
Today they held an older patients hands because she was anxious and they hugged her and let her know we were there. Today they worked on my best friends baby blanket but then failed.
Today they are swollen and stiff and painful…specifically the left one. BUT I will keep using them but I also want to keep remember all the awesome they have done. I always tell patients that I’m simply God’s hands. I do not save them- God does…but he gives me the mind and hands to do so. God gave us some amazing power in our hands.
What good will your hands do today?
What have your Hands done?
Eat Bray Love 💓