One Armed Paper Hanger

Or The new adventures of an amputee skydiver.

One Armed Paper Hanger

Chapter One – January 17th, 2016

My Left Arm

So, okay…I was on my way home on a Sunday night after watching the Denver Broncos kick some butt.  It was icy however, being a former taxi driver it was nothing new to me.  Around a curve I hit a patch of “black ice” and lost control of my car…I remember nothing else.  If I had died I can’t tell you of being drawn towards the light, there was none.  My faith is strong however, I only know blackness.

My eyes opened and I remember blinking, adjusting my vision to find a tiled ceiling above me.  It took me some time to realize I was in the hospital but, if I was, how did I get here and where was everyone?

Nothing made sense.  All I knew was that my left arm hurt.  I began to feel my shoulder then slowly moved my right hand down my left arm and stopped; I realized that my left arm was gone, above the elbow.  I wanted to scream “Who gave permission to amputate my arm?!”  Yet the pain was indescribable and all I wanted was to wake up from this terrible nightmare however, it wasn’t to be.

I withdrew inside of myself and yelled at God “How could you do this to me?!”  Tears welled in my eyes and slid down my cheeks.  A guttural scream built up inside me and I choked it down.  I mourned the loss of my left arm.  Being a “leftie” was very important to me as I always felt I was in a special club.  Now that club was lost to me and I was left handicapped, bitter and alone.

1 Opinion

  • Judy Barker said:

    Anna Marie, I still cry for your lost arm but you are one strong cousin and my godchild. Your guardian angel was there on that awful night. FJohn has been there and so good to you I hear. I love you very much and pray for you daily. I hope, as time goes by, that you feel more comfort in that left arm and I hope someday I can see you again..
    Love, Judy


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