Since this is a money blog, let’s talk money. Let me tell you how I did NOT accrue medical bills last week. Last Thursday I was running around the house playing with my dog. He is a cattle dog and loves the chase. I have a laser pointer and he will chase and bark at that thing as long as you are willing to play. We both have fun and I have yet to wear him out before I am.
My house has an open floor plan so we easily run through the living room and kitchen and around the dining room. We had been playing for about 5 minutes when I went to run around the back of the recliners, something we always do. I was expecting him to turn right and run along the back as usual. Well, that didn’t happen. He turned left, in front of me as I was running and took my legs out from under me. While my legs stopped, my arms instinctively went down to push him out of the way so I didn’t hurt him. With my arms, down and unable to cushion my fall, I hit the edge of my kitchen island with full force across my chest. Thank goodness for some padding there 😊. The sudden stop of my chest made my spine bend backwards, giving me a sharp pain in my back.
I fell to the ground and was instantly crying. It took a minute to get my composure together. Then I did the usual, don’t move until you assess the damage thing. My back,chest and sternum hurt but didn’t feel like anything was broken.
After a few minutes of lying there on the kitchen floor I was finally able to stop crying. I knew I was going to hurt for awhile after this mishap and confident nothing was broken. Then I had a very startling thought. If I had tripped just one step earlier, it would have been my face and head hitting that counter. Full force hit in the face! Thinking about it even now as I write this has me a bit uneasy.
I may be sore and bruised with impressive colors but I feel lucky. This could have been SO much worse. For many years I worked in the Radiology field and I have seen how quickly a life can change or end. Never once did I have a patient on my x-ray table saying they wished they had worked more or had more money. No, those patients talked about regrets of missed time with friends and loved ones.
This incident has been another reminder for me to stay present in my life. Remember, in your quest to work and side hustle your way to an early retirement, don’t let it be at the expense of all your hours today. Nobody knows when their last hour may be.
And this is how I did not accrue any medical bills last week.
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