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Got Snow?


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Here are a few photos of our farm after GOD blanketed everything with the bright beautiful snow.  Beautiful from the warmth of my snuggly living room with the fire going and a warm cup of hot coco in hand. 

I have learned to be very cautious in the cold and damp as my body is very sensitive to the cold and damp creating pain and suffering.

I find my self frustrated as before the metal was installed in my pelvis I loved the snow, loved to play in it, snow ski, snow shoe and just slide down the hill with the kids not any more my body acts like I am 100 years old in the cold and damp.  I simply can not stay out in it very long no matter how many layers of clothes I put on as the nerves are all connected in the body.  For those of you reading my blog living in weather below zero I hope you don’t have hardware in your body. 

We blanketed Lily and Rocket Man this winter during our snow storm so happy it is over.  Blankets must be checked for dampness I know they say waterproof but I have yet to find anything that can withstand the rain we get in Washington.  Our living room had blankets drying all week by the stove and the smell of air fresheners ahh winter.  Blanketing is a controversal subject in the equine world as some people think never and some think always.  I happen to think it takes common sense each equine is unique and if the rain/cold is making them shiver you must blanket and change the blanket daily in the wet and cold.  Most importantly make sure the equine has clean hay and fresh water.

We are very grateful to GOD for the favor we received as we moved through the snow and ice storm. We are praying for an early spring and a nice warm summer.

Today is a beautiful day in the mid 50’s the farm is glistening with the sun touching the trees with thick moss, Washington State is truly a beautiful place to live.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer

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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in 2012, animals, donkey, GOD, healing, horse, Jesus

 

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Never Give Up, Never Ever Give Up


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I’m reading a book Never Give Up by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Joyce Meyer. We picked it up at Wal-Mart for$5.98 bargain priced so shop around if you want to read it.

My physiatrist is helping me rehabilitate, change my lifestyle to accommodate my disability and much, much more. If you know someone suffering from pain ask around for the best physiatrist you can find.

The bible says over and over we are to never settle in life, never give up, never stop believing today is our miracle or breakthrough each day is a new day and the opportunity for GOD to create a blessing. 

Each day is our opportunity to be a blessing to another person or animal, each day is a new day for today will never be here again.

Since the car accident on April 13, 2010 I have suffered with some insane amounts of pain.  I have endured many days that turned into ground-hog day over and over not being able to do much of anything due to the pain.  Pain has changed me I am no longer the person I was before the accident and I will forever walk with a limp, the limp no doubt causes the sciatica pain, middle of back and lower back pain.  Nerve pain is severe and very real and each day I wake up I thank GOD he let me keep my legs, brain, ability to brush my teeth, brush my hair, and care for all the essential day-to-day things we all take for granted.

In my case the doctors just do not know what more can be done after all they fixed my collapsed lung, surgically inserted large screws in my pelvis, kidney, broken ribs, removed all the internal bleeding.  Nerve damage and disc problems, deep pain from cold and dampness they cannot fix, sadly the medical world still does not know much about nerve pain to heal it. In fact they really have no idea why or if this pain will ever end. Still I trust Jesus Christ, Never Give Up and live my life with purpose and a passion to leave this world a little better than it was before I arrived.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in 2012, Faith, GOD, health, Jesus

 

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A Few Of My Favorite Memories


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I continue to move forward working hard to build my core muscles again and keep my upper body strong I try to avoid back spasms.  GOD is great and I am forever a changed person. I am most grateful for my husband Scott of almost nineteen years as he has endured the most difficult of all jobs helping me survive after a semi truck accident.  I can honestly say I was not a perfect patient especially when sleep deprived and suffering with massive amounts of pain. 

Hay is up and ready for winter, we are being told Washington will be having another hard cold and snowy winter, we are praying for a mild winter.  The long screws; surgically installed hip bone to hip bone (two in the top Ilium) and one down my right leg cause me great pain and suffering in the cold and have left me with some nerve damage.  If you have any tips on how to live with metal in your body in the cold please leave a comment to help me.  Thank you!

I am grateful for all of my friends that have stayed close to me and my precious family.  My husband Scott is my best friend and he has endured some serious hard times helping me learn how to walk again and survive on very little sleep due to insane pain.  I am forever grateful for his commitment and time to help me heal from the almost life threatening motor vehicle accident. My massage therapist is a human angel and I am forever grateful to her as she helps me be able to keep walking and moving forward.  If you know someone suffering from serious physical trauma be sure to help them with massage therapy as keeping the tissue moving and blood circulating is one of the keys to healing.

I look forward to the day my spinal cord, back and core muscles are strong enough for me to swing my leg up over my horse and mammoth donkey again.  I will never give up, never quit believing and never stop dreaming as that is what we were created to do.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 

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The A to Z of Coping with a Disability


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The A to Z of Coping with a Disability

August 15, 2010 at 11:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The A to Z of Coping with a Disability by Marcia K. Harris

A. Acknowledge the change in your life,

B. Build a support network.

C. Cry if and when you need to.

D. Don’t give up…there is life after trauma.

E. Express your feelings, buried pain is still pain.

F. Friendship is a two-way street; don’t forget you still have something to give.

G. Grieving is a normal part of any loss.

H. Helpless you are not; do as much for yourself as you can, even if it’s limited to telling someone else know YOU

want something done.   Don’t “give away” all of your power.

I. Invite people to visit you if you can’t get out, to see them.

J. Join a support group…it’s a great way to meet new people.

K. Know your limitations…don’t push anything too far, you’ll pay later,

L. Learn how to take care of yourself to the fullest extent possible.  Keep as much control of what happens to you

as you can.

M. Mental health is important too…if you need help – get it.

N. Nurture yourself; taking care of yourself and your needs is nothing to be ashamed of.

O. Open your mind to new/different ways of doing things.  Different isn’t bad, it’s just different.

P. Prioritize your goals…keep attainable ones first…build for success.

Q. Quality of life is an individual choice…don’t let other people define what that means for you,

R. Remember who you are is not defined by what your body does or does not do.

S. Survive…do whatever it takes to make it through the struggle.

T. Try new things…what you can do may surprise you.

U. Use your mind…you are probably the one who knows the best way to adapt the things you need to adapt.

V. Victims are helpless, hopeless and pitiable.  Don’t be a victim.

W. Watch your attitude…it’s contagious!

X. “X-actly” who you are now depends upon who you were “before”, and what you do with what you have left.

Y. You are still a person worthy of dignity and respect.

Z. Zeal for living is an admirable trait in anyone; pursue all that life has to offer you!

I am an authority in surviving and thriving after catastrophe because I’ve done it.  I’m a survivor of a severe brain stem injury & I continue to do what I must in order to take my place in the mainstream.  In order to accomplish all that I want, I need to pace myself, enlist support in areas where I feel I need assistance & capitalize on my strengths.  I’m an individual who has strong auditory and communication skills, but that wasn’t al … Read More

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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends


I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Faith, GOD, Jesus

 

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The Power of Praise And Worship In Jesus Christ Name


The Power of Praise & Worship.

Healing the Sick with Jesus Christ

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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Faith, GOD, Jesus

 

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Surviving Trauma


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I hope you enjoy this photo of my weeping honeysuckle I planted in my garden!  Gardening is another passion I so enjoy I like to buy the plants as little baby’s, pray and watch GOD grow them as I am just the care taker.

Surviving Trauma changes everything for humans and animals.  Before I jumped into the passenger seat of my GOD mothers little 1980 pick up truck I was an entirely different person, physically strong, healthy, fit, and a person with a zest for life as I was following my passion of training equine (donkeys,horses and mules) while sharing information via the world-wide web.  Working with horses has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl, GOD added the donkeys into the dream and I believe GOD will find a way to remove all the pain and suffering and restore my ability to train and ride again, I am on GOD’s time not my time.  

A career that was woven and threaded upon many years of dreams and passion pulling all of my life experiences into one divine place, that’s the key to success in the business world a job that has passion.  All that I am and all that I have is due to GOD instilling the creativity, strength, faith and hope as we are GODs most greatest creation. 

Life is fragile, time is seriously precious and like others that have survived being forced into a victim role I have fought every step of the way to keep my dignity, self-esteem, marriage, family and farm intact.  I can honestly say “GOD has reinforced what matters most to me in life”, my relationship with Jesus, my GOD sent husband, family, friends and animals.  

In a matter of seconds everything in my life changed and yet nothing changed between me and GOD in fact GOD became stronger in my mind, body and soul as after I prayed GOD immediately started creating miracles to save my life.  One moment in time I am sitting relaxed, happy, listening to my GOD mothers voice as she is driving I am sitting in her passenger seat, looking at the farm land, no trees it seemed for miles so different from my home in the forest.  The next moment I remember the inability to breathe, insane pain in my entire body but mostly in my chest I am now inside an ambulance and oxygen is on my face.  The angelic paramedic is telling me to hang on be strong, what a job these people do every day, over and over to save lives.  I immediately started praying for GOD to please help me as I don’t want to die I want to live! I want to kiss my husband again, go home see my family two and four legs (horse, donkeys, cats and dogs) and our beautiful home with flowers planted at every corner.  Gardening is another one of my passions as it rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest we have perfect growing conditions for perennials and gardening feels really good a sense of accomplishment and awe of what GOD can create.  Felt like I could barely hear what people were saying like they were talking really slow and muzzled as my body was dying and I understood that only GOD could save my life.  Next I received the final blow “my pelvis is shattered”, I may never walk again, the fear was instantly removed and peace was given to me that GOD could heal me after all this is GOD were talking about.

When they finally got me into the Yakima hospital all I wanted to do was get off that hard board as the eight broken ribs could not lay flat they had tied my head down and I think my hands.  Now I had no control, I was a victim and I was at the mercy of every person who worked on me to save my life.  I had no ability to plan, research what to do next and so I went into a place with Jesus that was sweet and safe.  GOD wrapped his protection around my body like a glove fitted specifically for me. I truly did not have any fear of dying in fact I understood the pain would instantly be gone as heaven is a place of no pain and suffering. I understood that Jesus could touch my body and save my life and in seconds I chose to fight to live.  As the doctor in the E.R. proceeded to tell me and my husband all of my injuries I felt an urgent sense to go to Harborview Medical trauma hospital in Seattle, Washington.  I screamed I wanted to go to this hospital at least three times and the doctor on call ignored my plea.  Finally as the tears swept down my face I looked at my husband and with just one look he said “move her where she wants to go now” my whole body relaxed as I felt safe to know I was going to one of the best trauma hospitals in the Pacific Northwest.

GOD is great and he continuously does everything possible to keep me as comfortable as I can be during this extremely painful long recovery process, without GOD in my mind, spirit and soul life would be just too hard to live. Trauma is such a difficult experience for humans and animals the scars left on the body, mind and emotions are forever engraved leaving the trauma survivors life forever changed.  Like a rock thrown on a lake leaving ripples, trauma leaves little changes in everyone whom is touched by a person suffering from trauma. 

Horses, donkeys and mules are great Healers of Trauma as they live in the moment. Expectancy in GOD for the very best life is the only way I can live and continue to press forward day after day. Life is no more and no less than what we expect GOD to provide, we must remember GOD expects us to do our part too, we must keep on pressing forward in life and treat others how we want to be treated.   What we expect, what we say out loud is what we will get in life no more and no less so be careful what you say and what you think as you get what you say and think. My light shall break forth like the morning, my healing (my restoration) and the power of new life shall spring forth speedily. ISAIAH 58:8  I believe that this scripture reminds us that just like the seasons of life blend into our life GOD has the power to restore everything the enemy (satin) has stolen and provide each of us with double for our troubles.  Life is fragile and precious never give up, keep getting up in life, keep safe under the wings of Jesus Christ until the storm passes and sunshine is back on our face.

I have learned that when a person suffers from a traumatic life event i.e, semi truck car accident, murder, death, natural disaster, loss, divorce, job loss everything changes, friends come and go and life swirls around for a while.  Sometimes the best thing that can happen to us is a traumatic event as how can we know how sweet the world is if we did not suffer and have tears?  If our life was perfect we would be dead and living in heaven for believers of Jesus Christ.  I don’t know about you but for me I am not ready to die yet as I have so many things I would like to experience here on earth.  I continue to live my life with a strong work ethic, following the Law of Expectation that GOD will provide healing, health, favor,  double for my troubles and blessings that are amazing and of his plans not mine.  

I proudly wear the scars of this motor vehicle accident as I am forever changed a bold warrior for Jesus Christ.  I do my best to share information to help others suffering and move into the warmth and sunshine of faith we receive from Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins. I believe GOD will restore all that has been lost and provide above and beyond our wildest dreams as this is GOD were talking about.   Nothing is impossible with GOD on our side nothing, GOD will never leave or forsake his child, never!  The Law of expectation with GOD is we get no more and we get no less than what we expect from GOD, keep expecting the best GOD can provide and watch GOD show up and show off as this is the GOD we serve.

I pray that my transparency and honesty will help you or another person you love continue to believe in Miracles from Jesus Christ and never give up in this thing wonderful thing called life.  Do you have a miracle to share?  Please leave a comment to help others.

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

 

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