Still Hands, Active Mind

Think Positive

Our Friday Fox, who has been suffering after effects from surgery, posed this week’s  question: You are incapacitated and can neither bear to read or write: How do you spend your time?

I have never had any kind of surgery, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to suffer through recovery. My husband had back surgery a few years ago, and he spent a lot of time watching TV afterward. But if I can’t read, as stated in the prompt, I’m assuming I can’t watch TV, either. Since no one else in my family has had surgery or spent time in hospitals (other than to give birth or to visit other people), I’m going to have to do a lot of speculating in this post. I tend to look for a positive spin on things, so even though the inability to live normally would be sad, I’m going to look at this as an opportunity.

I’m assuming the limitation in the prompt refers to paper or ebooks. So that leaves audio books as a way to enjoy stories. In fact, if I’m so incapacitated that I can’t read, it might be an opportunity to listen to a lot of books on my TBR list. I could listen to one book after another, because I’m certain I wouldn’t be able to teach my classes – and that means I wouldn’t have papers to grade. So I would have the time to get lost in one adventure after another.

And while I’m listening to books, I’ll indulge in my favorite music. After spending 50 years performing in bands and orchestras, I have a LOT of favorites. And a most of them are available as playlists online. I could spend a day with Baroque composers, another day with the Classical era works, another with the giants of the Romantic period, and then the contemporaries. I could revisit operas and ballets, musicals, and more. I’d miss the joy of making music, but I could definitely listen.

I might not be able to write or type, but I’m hoping I’d still be able to speak. I’d get some good speech-to-text software and use it to continue to communicate. I’ve got several stories brewing, and it would be nice to start brainstorming them. And the software would allow me to write letters, journal, and keep in touch with people I don’t see.

I remember a time when my brothers and I enjoyed board games like checkers, chess, and Yahtzee. I’d hope I had the mobility to play those with whoever was around. If I were able to handle a deck of cards, I could spend hours playing Solitaire.

I would dearly miss a lot of my hobbies like sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and card-making. These presently take up a lot of my time. But even if my hands are still, I’m hoping I’d be able to keep my mind challenged.

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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5 Responses to Still Hands, Active Mind

  1. I’ll have to wait to give my ‘final answer’ on Friday, but actually, a couple of assumptions that you have made are inaccurate, but are many of the same ones that I made.In fact, it did not occur to me that I would not be able to catch up on my reading during my incapacitation, In fact, so much so, that until the night before surgery,I had a book in my hospital bag.

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  2. First thing that came to mind when I read this question was audio books and speech to text apps. This is a hard question and I’m still trying to figure out my answer though you have touched on a lot of what I was thinking.
    I like the idea of being able to listen to music and truly enjoy it.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    audio books and selected music are two excellent choices.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I played a board game with my grandson a few years ago, and as we were setting it up he asked, “Where’s the controller?” Audio books are a good option.


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