Time Stands Still

| January 1, 2018 | 14 Replies

Time stands still when you are sick, or injured. If you are not following me on social media, exactly eight days ago I was hit by a ski lift chair in Idaho on our first family vacation in three years. That’s me in my first new ski suit in ten years getting oxygen.

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Ski Patrol attends Kaye after the injury

This shouldn’t have happened. But, it did.

First of all, my right arm was broken. I have a fracture proximal humerus, which means, the shaft sheared off from the ball which goes into the shoulder. You can imagine the force it took to do that. This was diagnosed in the E.R. If all goes well, it should knit back together. I’m wearing a sling. Furthermore, I learned from last Thursday’s excruciating MRI, my bicep tendon was dislocated, which may or may not require surgery to put back in place. I am an experienced skier and was a chair lift operator when I was young. This shouldn’t have happened. But, it did.

ALWAYS wear a helmet.

I wouldn’t be writing you now if I hadn’t been wearing a helmet. The force of the chair slammed my head down hard. ALWAYS wear a helmet, skiing, biking, or any sport where appropriate. Something can happen in a split second that is out of your control and you want to protect your head. This post will be short, because I am typing with my left hand, and I am in pain.

Time stands still.

The past eight days are a blur, a smudge, on my life. I am trying NOT to think about ramifications, starting seeds, creating videos, keeping busy. I have a subscriber, Patti Hayden, who volunteered to take vacation time to come from Las Vegas to plant my garden! That is amazingly generous, but I can’t think about that yet. If I had raised beds sitting empty it would be one thing, but my cramped garden is such a puzzle.

I managed to take this photo on Christmas in Hayden, Idaho, of my sister-in-law’s fenced in raised beds covered in snow.

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Winter Gardening in Idaho

It’s quiet in the house.

The neighborhood is sleeping off New Year’s Eve parties or on vacation. My husband got me my vitamins, oatmeal, and tea before he left for work. Yes, we work every day to keep it all going. Except now, for possibly the first time in my life, because this is my first bad injury, I can’t do anything. The less I move, the less it hurts. In addition, I’m fighting a chest cold. I have eight more days of doing nothing but getting through the days and nights till I go in for followup x-rays, and start the long rehab of physical therapy. Many of you may have had much worse things to bear, and I salute you.

I need your support now more than ever.

Please watch my Holiday Message video, which I designed to cover the whole holiday season. You will see no contingency plan for being hurt in my last video of 2017. I’m just taking this hour by hour. Please go through my playlists (there are several new ones) and watch and re-watch. And follow my Community page for real-time updates and to interact with me directly. Share my channel with friends. There are over 300 videos to enjoy and hopefully be inspired by. Happy New Year! – Kaye

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  1. Patti Hayden says:


    That is so sweet to mention me, and I am serious about helping you when you are ready.

    I may need a break from the hustle and bustle around my house and from my classes at UNLV. Feel free to email me.

    Happy New Year!! and praying for your speedy recovery!

    • Thanks Patti! Im still in rest and recovery mode tho I got out there on Thursday (erick loves to be micromanaged haha). I’d love to turn it over to you and see what youd do. There are very few holes to plug a pant into at this point.

  2. Charles Hancokc says:

    Kaye, my prayers are for you! Wise King Solomon in Ecclesiastes chapter 9 and versus 11 says “I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.”
    So, what King Solomon is saying here is that things just happen to us and it doesn’t matter who we are or what we have. So, what happened to you was just that, an occurrence, it had nothing to do with good or bad luck, or anything you did or didn’t do.
    I feel you are strong and tough so you will recover and be back to gardening soon.
    Love and prayers going to you!

  3. Danielle H Taylor says:

    So sorry about your accident. I pray for your speedy recovery. As an avid gardener, I would hate to be laid low during the gardening season. I love your videos, especially the ones in your yard. Best wishes

  4. So well said Kaye, I know your A personality will find it difficult to be still .. but that looks like exactly what the universe ordered . I always try 2 times before giving up on a crop. I just may lose a lot of plants this eat to the deep freeze we are having ..life is always a challange!
    Get well! :)Sharon

  5. Helen Jo Workman says:

    Hanging in there with you 💕

  6. Patrick Meehan says:

    I love your video Kaye, I gave me great inspiration. I always knew you were a great survivor and your video is a timely reminder of your true fibre. Patrick with lots of Love.

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