Today, I have a very special guest. Who is it, you may ask? Well, it's an author who goes by the name Elizabeth Eulberg! She's the author of an amazing book titled The Lonely Hearts Club (My Review!), and is here today to not only blog about friendship, but to also giveaway ONE $150 VISA GIFT CARD FOR YOUR OWN GIRLS NIGHT OUT which I personally think is one of the best giveaways featured on my blog so far.
As The Beatles once said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” As I have often been reminded in my life, having great and reliable friends is extremely important. While friends are important to have in your life for all those fun times, they are especially valuable when things aren’t going well in your life.
There are many times I’ve needed a shoulder to cry on during a break-up or particular stressful time. These are the friends you know will have your back no matter what. I’m very fortunate to have a lot of wonderful friends and a great support system. And I learned what a fabulous group of friends I had when I didn’t have use of one of my arms…
Not to gross anybody out, but my left shoulder would routinely dislocate. It wasn’t because I was playing sports or doing anything athletic. Nope. My shoulder would pop out when I’d reach for something or you know, put my purse on a counter. This was not normal. After screaming and speaking in foreign tongues for several minutes, I would put my shoulder back in its socket (yep, I’m one tough cookie) and go on with my day. Finally, after a particular bad dislocation, I was told that I had to have surgery to fix it. I would have my arm in a sling for six weeks and need physical therapy for six months. Oh and after my surgery, I wouldn’t be able to use my left arm for about 48 hours.
I’m a pretty independent person, so I thought, “No problem, I can handle this.” But after talking to a couple people who have gone through the surgery, it quickly became apparent that I couldn’t handle it. I needed help. And I knew exactly whom I could count on.
My friend Jen (who I named a character in The Lonely Hearts Club after) went with me to the hospital at five in the morning the day of my surgery. She was the first person I saw when I woke up. She also bullied the nurses into letting me take my painkillers earlier than they thought I needed them (I still remember hearing her say, “I don’t care if you think she shouldn’t be feeling pain, she is, so somebody better get me some water for her pills!”). She also hunted down our missing car driver while I was extremely drugged up waiting in the lobby.
Jen got me home and took care of me during the day. Then my friend Kathy came over for the night shift. Her husband also stopped by to set up my apartment with wireless internet so I’d be able to work on my laptop from bed. Jen and Kathy rotated for the first 48 hours, making sure I was eating, taking my pills and getting rest. There was also a lot of American Idol and Golden Girls watching…
The next few days were a parade of friends coming over with food. And the very important task of ponytail duty. I couldn’t lift my left arm at all and you need two arms to put your hair in a ponytail. And when you are drugged up, sore, and tired, the last thing you want to deal with is hair in your face. So it became a ritual, before anybody left, they’d have to re-do my hair. Wow, in writing that I sound like such a diva, “You there! Come over here and do my hair!”
My friend Tara, who I have known since I was three, picked me up and took me to stay at her house over the weekend. Her husband was out of town, so I hung out with her and her 8-month-old son Jack. Her son is adorable and I will freely admit that I was a way bigger baby and fussier than Jack was that weekend. I also took more naps…
Looking back on this time it should’ve been an all around miserable experience. However, I got something priceless. I didn’t just get by with a little help from my friends; I got love and support when I needed it the most.
What a great story! Thanks Elizabeth!
Do you want to win a $150 VISA Gift Card, so that you can have your own girls night out? Well, look no further because here's the place to be. To enter, you first must have a US mailing address and comment on this post with a story about why YOUR best friend is awesome. The contest will remain open till next Tuesday (the 19th!) and the winner will then be announced the next day (the 20th!). So, what are you waiting for? Go comment.
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To continue on to the next blog tour stop head over to Pop Culture Junkie on January 15th and view previous and future stops on Elizabeth's site!