morning routine

My friend who has a fiercely independent spirit and lives alone recently broke her ankle.  Here is her morning routine:

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  1. Put the little shoe over the cast and the slipper over the good foot.
  2. Stand up on one leg.
  3. Put on a dressing gown.
  4. Pick up the crutches and walk to the loo.
  5. Do yuu you need to do.
  6. Stand up on one leg.
  7. Pick up the crutches and walk to the kitchen.
  8. Stand on one foot halfway between the sideboard and wine rack.
  9. Put down the crutches where they won’t fall.
  10. Standing on one leg move two cat water dishes and two cat food dishes from sideboard to the wine rack.
  11. Pick up the crutches and walk a  few more steps between the wine rack and kitchen sink.
  12. Put the crutches down where they won’t fall.
  13. Stand on one leg move dishes to counter to the left of the sink.
  14. Pick up crutches and move to front of sink.
  15. Put down crutches where they won’t fall.
  16. Stand on one leg and empty remaining food into the recycle bin next to sink.
  17. Still standing on one leg fill sink with soapy water, wash and dry dishes, fill bottle with water.
  18. Lean against sink as needed.
  19. Still standing on one leg move dishes and bottle to wine rack (this may require picking up crutches, walking a few steps, putting crutches down and standing on one leg again).
  20. Pick up crutches and walk to side board.
  21. Put crutches down where they won’t fall.
  22. Stand on one leg and put dishes in dish holder, pour water into water dishes, move food bag to sideboard, dish out food into food dishes, move food bag back onto kitchen table and move water bottle back to wine rack.
  23. Pick up crutches and walk to kettle.
  24. Put crutches down where they won’t fall.
  25. Stand on one leg and fill kettle with water, put sugar in coffee cup, put filter holder on top of cup, put filter in holder, put coffee in filter.
  26. Lean against the counter to catch breath.
  27. Stand on one leg and put cereal into bowl, pour first batch of hot water over coffee.
  28. Pick up crutches and walk to door to landing (tiny exotic kitchen, no room for fridge so it is on landing).
  29. Stand on one leg and open door, holding crutches in one hand.
  30. Take crutches properly and walk onto landing.
  31. Put crutches down where they won’t fall.
  32. Stand on one leg and open fridge door, move juice and milk bottles to shelf, close fridge door.
  33. Pick up crutches and walk to doorway.
  34. Put down crutches where they won’t fall.
  35. Stand on one leg and lean back against door frame, move juice and milk bottles to kitchen counter.
  36. Pick up crutches and walk a couple of steps out of the door frame.
  37. Hold crutches in one hand, stand on one leg and lean against wall, close and lock door.
  38. Take crutches properly and walk to kitchen counter.
  39. Put down crutches where they won’t fall.
  40. Stand on one leg and pour milk into bowl, juice into Tupperware unbreakable tumbler, move coffee filter holder to sink, stir coffee to mix in the sugar.
  41. Pick up crutches and walk to sink.
  42. Put crutches down where they won’t fall.
  43. Stand on one leg and move coffee, juice and cereal from the right-hand counter to the counter to the left of sink.
  44. Pick up crutches and walk to wine rack.
  45. Put down crutches where they won’t fall.
  46. Stand on one leg and move coffee, juice, cereal from wine rack to table.
  47. Pick up crutches and walk to table.
  48. Put down crutches where they won’t fall.
  49. Sit in chair and arrange food in front of yourself, keeping cats out of the milk.
  50. Arrange the cast so the leg is supported by another chair and yet you can still reach the food.
  51. Catch your breath.
  52. Eat.
  53. Reverse the steps to transfer dishes from table to wine rack to sink (water bottle, too), stand on one leg to wash dishes, leave dishes in rack for next time.
  54. Pick up crutches and walk to living room.
  55. Arrange self on sofa, elevate leg, check for swelling and discoloration.
  56. Stay put as long as possible.

Let’s all be grateful for what we have and not take things for granted. Let’s all appreciate the difficulties that others may have. Let’s all be thankful for our friends. Indeed!

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