The Power of Friendship

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!  ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

I learned a wonderful lesson this week.  After my traumatic and depressing physical therapy evaluation on Tuesday I just wanted to crawl into a hole and pull it in after me.  But my friends Kim and Wendy, old friends who were actually matron and maid of honor in my wedding nearly twenty-six years ago, came into town and whisked me away for a couple of days downtown for a “girls’ trip”.  Not only did they understand my inability to travel any distance without severe pain, they took into consideration my limitations and every activity was planned around breaks, pain pills, and ice packs.  Wendy drove so that I could take larger doses of medication if I needed them, and Kim carried things for me so I didn’t have to do any lifting.  I had no idea how much I needed to see that I actually could do fun things just like “regular people” if I just arranged it carefully enough and had the support of my friends.  We stayed at a fabulous hotel, ate at delicious restaurants, did a little shopping, and went on a Belle of Louisville cruise, something I’ve wanted to do for decades.  And, of course, we talked.  We chatted about old times a little, but mostly about our current lives and how we are all dealing with being in our mid-forties with teenage children, a stage of life that is amazingly rewarding and stressful at the same time.  So thank you, Kim and Wendy, for picking me up.  I had fallen, and it warms my soul to know you were there to help me – I love you both dearly!

(L to R) me, Wendy, and Kim

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8 thoughts on “The Power of Friendship”

  1. What a lovely reminder of the power of friendship! Am stopping my “busy” self right now to say a thank you for my wonderful, supportive friends. Simple and powerful post – thank you! And best of luck on your recuperation.

  2. So glad you have such wonderful friends. It’s really important to structure fun time. Fun and laughter with friends is great for stress reduction and pain management. We need to get away occasionally to develop perspective in difficult situations.

    If you have a rehab center near you with a warm water pool, aqua therapy might help you. My husband and I belong to a hospital rehab center with a warm water pool and It is the only safe way for me to exercise. It’s much less painful than regular physical therapy and since I have fibromyalgia, way better than massage therapy.

    1. I have tries aqua therapy and agree that it is 100% the most comfortable of all the therapies I’ve tried. Unfortunately, with the problems in my spine being in my neck the therapists all agreed that they’d pretty much have to drown me to really make any progress 😉 I did LOVE the hot tub sessions after therapy, though. If I hit the lottery that will be one of my first purchases!

  3. ah…what precious friends. Sometimes we do need to forget the pain and just have fun. I hope that your getaway memories will continue to be a blessing to you.

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