One Step at a Time

This is my very first blog post.

OK, that isn’t entirely true. I used to blog, but quit a while back.

What got me to blog again?

First reason:

Yesterday marked my 5th day of not being at school. On the mornings of Saturday, February 27th, I went to school for Middle School musical rehearsal. The morning started with the news of 8.8 earthquake in Chile and impending tsunami approaching the Pacific. The morning was gray all around. And it was flurrying – again. I did not feel good about everything that morning. But because I needed to go, I gathered my things so that I would have time to write some comments that were due on Monday.

An hour went by fast as I sat and typed away. I’m a slow writer… 10 o’clock approached so I headed out for the rehearsal. I parked the car and grabbed my bags. I said hello to students getting out of the cars. Saying more hellos to parents…

Not even one second later – I slipped on some thick ice. See, as a klutz, I’m used to falling down. I pick myself up quickly and then do a left-right sweep to check if there were others witnessing my embarrassment. So as always, I tried picking myself up. I couldn’t. All I felt was excruciating pain. I groaned out loud like I’ve never done. Next however minutes seemed like eternity. I was helped by three kind souls who did see what happened. I was out of breath, crying, groaning. So helpless. Leaning against the wall, waiting for the ambulance to come, all I wanted to do was to talk to my husband. He assured me he’ll meet me at the ambulance. He told me to hang on.

His voice, so sweet and soothing.

Next 30 minutes were a blur. I kept thinking, “Why now?” “How am I going to help my students get ready?” “How am I going to a dinner tonight?” “I better shake out of this…fast!”

The next 7 hours in the ER were filled with visits to X-ray rooms, waiting time, visit to the CAT scan room, more waiting time, being monitored by 2 different nurses and 2 trauma doctors. The first doctor seemed like he was ready to release me. When he saw that I couldn’t roll over to get off the bed or stand, he asked another doctor for second opinion. This man just told me that I needed to be admitted to the hospital. I was admitted that night to room 3221 in the intensive care. I stayed there until Monday and then moved to room 4006 on the non-monitored floor.

Even after giving birth to our two children, I had only stayed two days at the hospital.

This time around I stayed for 4 days. I was on heavy medication, could not walk, couldn’t move. All of it was like a dream.

Out pouring of prayers, calls, emails, and love sustained me while I was at the hospital. I got to think a lot about how blessed I am to have wonderful family and friends.

Now I’m home. First two days, I couldn’t walk upstairs to our room. I’m still very limited to what I can do by myself. I’m learning to take each day to relearn to walk, to regain the strength, and to be “normal” again. Having much time on my hands, I’m faced to make my once wishful blogging thought into reality.

Second reason to start blogging: My PLN (Professional Learning Network).

Thanks to my school’s initiative to integrate technology into curriculum, I opened a Twitter account to use for professional development. I had no idea that my PLN would become the place where continuous professional development would occur. I have been challenged to think beyond what I know. I have been reading my colleagues’ blogs, reading different posts, and engaging in #edchats. The learning is simply amazing. I’m amazed to know so many colleagues through Twitter who care so much about how to be better teachers.

So I’ve been inspired. I’ve been challenged to think and teach better. I’m learning to share with others what I have been learning.

Here’s to the good and the bad that come my way. Good or bad, they are my stories. Thanks for being on this journey with me.

15 thoughts on “One Step at a Time

  1. Hey! Great to see this! I had a hunch (based on all of your recent chatter on Twitter) that you were getting something up and going! I look forward to following your writing, too!

  2. What a wonderful start to blogging, though I am so sorry for what you went through. What did you do to yourself? I hope that all will be back to normal soon. There is nothing like an accident to remind us to “count our blessings,” as my mother always tells me. Sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hadley

  3. It was so horrible to hear what had happened to you. I’ve never even met you in the flesh but I was quite distraught when I saw that 365 photo.

    The good thing about this is that we get have you blog it out. Awesome. No doubt you will get better and become stronger for it.

    Love and peace,

  4. I’m sorry that you had to endure such a painful accident and slow recovery. But I’m glad you’ve gotten back into blogging. I hope you’re walking like your old self – and back in school – soon. In the meantime, keep tweeting and blogging!

  5. I didn’t know this happened. I’ve been working hard at a presentation. I’m so sorry but I know you are strong and a brave person and will get through this. I am so blessed you are part of my Personal Learning Network. You have added so much joy to my Twitter stream and I enjoy our conversations. Nice to know I will be able to extend them in this blog with you!

  6. Wow! That is quite a story. Hope your healing continues to go quickly. Listen to your doctors and your body, and don’t push yourself. Looking forward to reading more from you. 🙂

  7. You are all so great to come and visit my blog. Thanks for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. I appreciate them all! I appreciate you!
    Thanks for being part of my PLN!

  8. Wow! I am so sorry to hear that you have been in such pain. On the other hand, I am so excited that you are blogging! I have been waiting for you to blog because I so enjoy your tweets and your descriptions on your pictures. Hope you are feeling back to your happy, perky self soon and I will be looking for your future posts.

  9. Yoon Soo your first blog is beautiful. I am so sorry you fell and hurt yourself; I hope you are recuperating well. Please let the healing take its course; these things cannot be rushed. You know all of our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. In the meantime, keep writing!

  10. Yoon!! Of course I have since heard what happenned to you, but I had been missing your smile on Twitter. Now I know why. I’m so hoping for you to recover soon and by the Grace of God, I’m sure you will. Your blog is very heartfelt…Enjoy this time of writing and reflection. Stay strong!

  11. Wow. I have been away from digital connectedness as late. Coming back in to see this was… not what I had expected. Amazing what can happen in a short burst of time. This was tough to read the first time due to the fact that I had no idea what the next paragraph would hold.

    I am so glad things are looking up. So glad. I have come to really enjoy seeing the smiling face of your Twitter image. I’m glad we connected this past year, and I look forward to much more in the future. I wish I could give you back and big toothy smile for every time you feel a bit frustrated. One thing I do know is that you possess the attitude required to get things rolling for the positive again.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you each step. 😉

  12. I’m so relieved that you are still able to think clearly and write after your fall. I hope you have a speedy recovery and are back to work in short time. Welcome to the bloggery. I look forward to reading future posts. And thank you for putting me on your blogroll. I’m about to do the same for you.

  13. One day at a time! I’m glad that the days are getting easier, being in pain makes us realize how much of our lives we take for granted every day. I pray for speedy recovery and that you will be back with your students in not time. I am excited to see where this blogging journey takes you!

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