Gail, I say Amen to what you have posted. When you are in business for yourself, you must produce to have an income. The income is allowed after the outstanding bills and overhead are paid, what is left is ours. If we do not work or produce, we do not make an income. There is no one on whom we can rely, but ourselves.
When people are in a quarantine situation, there is less business coming to the door, so less income. If we are working at home, we have a little more flexibility until those who purchase our product or service lose their income. So what we do is lift our eyes and see the positive. I am glad not to be in that situation any longer. I have jumped in with both feet; my decision is made with the determination to learn this crazy technology and to do well with Compumatrix.
The above is a comment to a post I wrote on August 4, 2020. It led me to think about the new normal. What is the new normal? For so many of us, the routine changes all the time. Things seem to be going along fine, and you’re on top of the world. As many of you know and have experienced something happens, broken bones sprained ankles, dislocated shoulders.
Any number of things that can hit even a tragedy, the loss of a loved one, be they physical, mental, or medical. We are none immune to life, and what it brings, it is how we deal with it that counts. Trials will make us or break us. I may get down for a bit, but I choose by God’s grace not to stay down and be broken. The medical issue is what happened to me, June 2017. I will need to give a little history here. Forgive my being so personal.
On Friday, June 2017, I had an attack of vertigo and nausea and had lost hearing in my right ear. I managed to get to my recliner and did not move unnecessarily. I stayed in the recliner all weekend. I went back to work on Monday. I still was off a bit but needed to be at work, as I was a caretaker of an elderly lady that was also a close friend of mine since 1985. We were like sisters, we liked the same things, and our hearts and minds were alike. We would have lunch together once or twice a week every week. We traveled to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina several times a year.
When she started having heart issues, she asked me to look after her. She said I could anticipate what her need was before she knew herself. Thus I became a full-time caretaker for over six years. We were together every day and many times all night, too, until October 12, 2017, at the age of 94, when she passed and left me much grieved. I shut down, mentally, physically, and emotionally for several months. My husband was also going through heart surgeries, and many hospitalizations at this same time. Thank you my chat room support team for your prayers, you do not know how much I appreciated you being there for me.
I was a member of Compumatrix at this time, and KevinB, bless him, helped me as much as he could. It was difficult to communicate because it was so hard to hear. Before this, I was in the chat room all the time and enjoying my interaction with everyone. The dizziness was mild but would escalate as well as nausea when I was on the computer. Therefore, I had to stop for a while. Thus another new norm for me.
On July 5, 2019, I woke up after a fantastic fourth of July with all our family and friends, to debilitating vertigo, nausea, and total silence. I was like a rag doll with no control. My husband called 911, and I spent four days in the hospital. I was as a newborn needing help. After leaving the hospital I had to go every Friday for three weeks to have steroid shots in my left ear, it was too little, too late. Kevin and I tried to stay in touch as things were changing in Compumatrix. With the hearing loss, it became impossible. Kevin kept up with my business for me, even though he was going through trials of his own, one being the loss of his precious wife. A new normal for him now.
In February of 2020, I had cochlear implant surgery. I was to go back in April to attach the hearing device to the cochlear implant; of course, I could not go at that time because of the COVID virus. I went in June of 2020 to receive my hearing device. Did I want this change in my life? Did I want to have this type of surgery? Did I want to wear a hearing device? No, but I am so thankful to be able to hear.
I heard my three youngest great-grandchildren for the first time. To listen to the rain, birds, and voices of those around me, is beautiful. I will now be able to hear Henry, David, Erline, and Gail when we have our next meeting. I am overjoyed. Out of sorrow comes joy. So this is my new normal.
We all go through things, but life renews us, and we become stronger. We become advocates of turning frowns into smiles. I smile because I am so thankful for Compumatrix. I can now focus on my business. We are ready for whatever the new normal will be!