Earlier this week, I 'celebrated' the one-year anniversary of my accident. A wide range of thoughts went through my head that day, and I experienced a variety of emotions. I thought about the details of the accident. My conclusion at the end of the day was, I am thankful that the dog didn't tear out my throat.
As I thought about the details, I realized that there had to have been two angels present that day, not just the one that I knew was there. When the dog charged, I ran backwards and then fell as he lunged at me. My first thought was, “You can't pass out!” Then there was that myriad of thoughts going through my head simultaneously, such as, “oh, my arm”, “oh, my back”, “where is the dog?”, “oh, my arm”, “oh, my back”, etc., etc. And then I heard a voice say, “Pull up your feet”. I never thought about who said it, I was just obedient. As I pulled my feet up, I realized two things: first,
the dog couldn't reach me with my feet pulled up, and second, my legs weren't paralyzed even though I had felt that electric shock in my back when I fell.
Thinking back on this, I knew that an angel had pulled me back when I fell, so that the dog couldn't reach me. And it occurred to me later, that another angel had to have been holding the dog back, because when I looked to see where the dog was, if my legs had been out straight, the dog would have been having my legs for lunch and the bones to pick his teeth with! And there was enough time on the ground after I fell, and before I pulled my feet towards my body for the dog to demolish my legs. And I came away without the dog touching me. OK, several bones broken in my arm, back and pelvis, but the dog didn't have a chance to devour me.
How fortunate am I that I had two guardian angels with me that day.
And now, bright and early tomorrow (Friday) morning I will have the metal plate and screws removed from my arm. They have been with me for ten months now, and I just don't need them anymore. Besides, my body just doesn't like hosting foreign invaders.
This has been a year like none other. I am thankful that I have had good medial care in the States. I am thankful that I had one hour today when my back didn't hurt. May there be many more of these to come! (this was the longest period of time without pain during the past year) I am thankful that the Tibetan mastiff wasn't successful in guarding his territory. And I am thankful for my two guardian angels!