The Things We Take For Granted

There are studies coming out showing those of us with clonal mast cell diseases seem to have a natural immunity to covid, or are at least not getting critically ill if we do get it because our hyperactive immune systems fight the virus off quickly and efficiently. So there’s a bit of a silver lining to being chronically ill, I suppose.

Of course it doesn’t feel like a blessing in disguise when I am struggling to breathe during smokey days or covered in red, itchy skin when it’s hot out or wanting to pass out if I stand up too quickly or try to stand over a hot stove too long.

A few years ago, when I was passing out a lot, I fell forward and stretched the tendons in my feet badly which made walking difficult. Ugh. It took them over a year to fully heal but then it happened again, not as bad, but enough to remind me that I don’t want to pass out ever again if possible. So I learned strategies to mitigate my risks and learned to pay attention to the symptoms that lead up to syncope so I can stave it off before it happens.

I’ve been pretty successful, thankfully.

I also learned not to take things like walking for granted. While my feet were healing I felt more crippled than I ever have and it was distressing not to be able to do something so fundamental to being human. My life is still quite limited thanks to my wonky mast cells, but at least I can walk normally again so I love to do it as much as my immune system will allow.

I will never take my feet for granted again.

Last night, just before sunset, I talked the hubs into driving us out to one of our favorite places to run the dogs just so we could get out and walk around and take in the scenery, just the two of us.

When we take the pack with us we are always so focused on them and as much as we love them, they are loud and chaotic and all of that energy makes it hard to really just enjoy the nature around us.

We definitely can’t quietly watch the horses that fill every other field around here.

Sometimes it’s easy to take all these things for granted (like I did my feet) and we forget to stop and just enjoy the beauty all around us. This applies whether you live in the country or in the city; both are filled with natural wonders that quietly wait for us to notice them.

The loud things seem to always grab our attention and can be exciting and even invigorating but in times like these, we may do better ignoring them sometimes and just focus on the silent stuff.

7 thoughts on “The Things We Take For Granted

  1. Well, who would have guessed that your disability would have a sort of positive side to it. Great to hear that it helps a bit in the avoidance of Covid. Those horses? Are they working horses or wild horses. I’m thinking the former but if so, what do they do?

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    1. They belong to a local outfitter that takes guests from the surrounding camp grounds and cabin rental places on trail rides. There are so many of them around here, since it’s a high demand tourist activity. There are also dude ranches and just regular working ranchers that still use horses here to drive cattle plus we have a lot of rodeo folks and just pleasure riders.

      So a whole lotta horses in this part of the country! Probably more horses than people. 🙂

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      1. Thanks for that information. Near me is the New Forest (actually the oldest forest in the UK, established by Wlm the Conqueror in 1079) which has wild horses and donkeys roaming the area, roads and byways. Once a year they are rounded up and they have a sale.

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      2. Oh that sounds fantastic. We do have wild horses and burros here in various areas. We used to visit one range in Wyoming where the wild horses all have stripes like a zebra on their legs! It’s how you can tell them from the domesticated ones.

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