Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Running With One Arm

My son Gio arrived very late yesterday, only to inform me that he needed fabric paint for his school project.

I immediately took a shower and then left for RFC Dept. Store right after dinner. After 10 days of having only one arm I surprised myself by becoming an expert in doing things using my forehead, teeth, chin, hips, thighs, knees and feet in lieu of my left hand's 5 fingers which are still sore and painful until now.

I was planning a leisurely walk from our house to RFC but when I glanced at my watch, I realized that RFC will close in 15 minutes. I decided to ride the tricycle at the next street but we didn't even reach the gate when it had to stop because of the long queue of vehicles trying to get out of Philamlife Village. Heavy traffic has been a familiar sight ever since our village became part of the "friendship route".

No time to lose. I gave the driver my fare then ran towards Zapote-Alabang Road going to RFC.

Oh no! Some stalls at the ground floor were already closed.

I flew to the 3rd floor and when I got there, the only remaining light was on the cashier area.

In between heavy sighs and breaths, I begged the person closing the door that I only needed pink and violet fabric paint. Staring at my fiberglass covered arm, he took pity on me and searched for the materials I specified. I hurriedly paid for the items, thanked the cashier and left.

On my way back, I dropped by my favorite fruit stand and bought 1kg bananas, 2kg santol and 1kg rambutan. I wanted to walk but had to take the tricycle for my arm started to be uncomfortably painful.

As I recall the events of yesterday, I wouldn't have made it on time but I did.

I made it because I ran.

Thank God I'm a runner!

Hah!

21 comments:

  1. Very clever. Nothing is impossible though from a mother's care. I'm glad you're a runner. Regards and see you again.

    Vnr & Xty

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  2. Being a runner sure has its advantages. Hope your injury heals completely soon.

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  3. Wow, Tita Nora, that's quite a story! Thank God you're a runner nga! :)

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  4. Ang galing naman. :) Buti talaga runner ka. partida at one hand lang. :)

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  5. Nice one nora. Hope your feeling better and recover soon from your injury.

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  6. Dear Nora - That was wonder woman in action! These are the perks of running.

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  7. The one-armed bandit...err, shopper!:-) Get well soon, Nora!

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  8. It is good that your arm is getting better. Sometimes being handicap does have its reward. Get well soon so you can run soon. regards

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  9. To everybody: YES! Being a runner gives us the winning edge.

    Take care everyone!

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  10. I'm glad you're recovering fast..Saw your pics at the ER with that cast - and you know what? as far as I can remember in my practice,this is the first time I see a SMILING patient with a fracture!...& you still went to watch a concert the day after the accident...atta girl

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  11. Hi Nora. Sorry to hear about your injury. I hope it heals soon.

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  12. Haha, funny story! :-) I can totally relate. My kids would pop unexpected "requests" at me when I get home and I'd have to rush out to get whatever it is they need for school.

    Thanks Nora for your efforts to help me out in a very trying time. I'm just not ready yet to talk. But thank you really, it's much appreciated.

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  13. Mataas lang talaga siguro pain tolerance ko (nakatiis nga ako ng 5 yrs with you-know-who haha...)

    As for the concert, sayang naman kasi yong tickets (buti sana kung less than P2,000 ang price).

    I love your pen name--gutsydoc?

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  14. Thanks Mayi. Hopefully I could run a race before the year ends. Still wishing to see you!

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  15. Nakakapikon talaga kung minsan ang mga bata. They confuse their moms with their favorite superheroes heh heh . . .

    I understand MJ. During the 5 years that I was grieving, I didn't tell anyone. If and when you're ready to talk, I'm just here.

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  16. Just letting you know... I "killed" One Snap at a Time and created One Foot in Front of the Other at mylifegetscrazysometimes.blogspot.com

    Cheers! :-)

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  17. Hi Nora! :) You always have your ways on making me go on and just to keep on running even if there were pause in between, thank you very much for being there, for giving me the push :)

    I've got a dilemma though, I may have the dedication to just jump on a race but the problem is.. no one is to take me for early morning races :(

    I miss you. I'm back blogging!

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  18. One Snap at a Time is now dead, MJ? I wonder why . . .

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  19. As soon as I fully recover Kassy, I'll wake you up and probably run with you. Let's e-mail/txt/call each other.

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  20. You're a southern woman! you're a southern woman! YOU ARE! Yes, You are! I'm from Bf Homes :)

    there's no shame, I'm giving my number away publicly Haha! 09153162252 :)

    xxoo

    GET WELL!! Im sure you can still run but then again let that sore be well first :)

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  21. Haha Kassy, I already have your number. Remember you e-mailed it to me before? Pray that no complications will arise. Will run with you hopefully before the month ends. Lets target the KOTR this Oct. 25.

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