Friday, October 8, 2010

Reset Life

I probably haven't mentioned this before, but my husband is in law enforcement.
He was hurt during an arrest about 10 years ago. The surgeon who put him back together told us he didn't think it was a good idea for my husband to go back to the same job.
He thought the risk of re-injuring himself was too great.
That was devastating news for both of us.
For my husband (I really need to come up with a pseudonym for him!) it was devastating because he loved his work. He was a narcotics officer, and he was really good at his job.
It was devastating for me because we'd started over before, and as much as I wanted him out of harms way, I really didn't want to start over again.
It's hard.
But I have to hand it to my husband; he started over with gusto.
He went back to school while working light duty. The first two or three years he did it on about 4 hours of sleep every night. He was eventually cleared to go back on full duty, but he kept going to school. He didn't even have an Associates degree when he started. Now he has a Master's degree. It took 7 years. Some of them were very long years.
We would order his textbooks from Amazon, and most of them were used. One book came with a surprise inside.
37 four leaf clovers were pressed inside the pages of that book.
 You wouldn't believe the lift that gave me~both of us, really. I like to think that some anonymous person was wishing us luck when we really felt like we needed it.
I framed the best ones. They're faded now, but I think I'll probably keep them for the rest of my life. 
And my husband? 
He has a much better job now. He's still in law enforcement, but he's moved up the ladder and what he's doing now is not nearly as dangerous.
He's one of the very few people I know who really has changed his life, and I'm so proud of him for it.

Thanks for reading!


Sheri Howard said...

First of all, what are we doing up so earlly in the morning? Congrats to you and your husband. Starting over is hard, but the time was going to go by look what you have! If he hadn't started over, you would be here, with nothing more than you had then. Good for you!!

NanaDiana said...

Hi Suzanne, I am on the road and grabbing a quick internet "break". First of all, I think you should call your hubby TheSheriff on your blog-LOL...AND..what you probably don't know about me is that my dear, and beloved, daughter-in-law is a Federal agent that wears a bullet proof vest and is in danger's way-everyday. Her husband, MamasBoy is in a job that interacts with police everyday.

I fully understand what you went through. Good for your hubby. Good for you-You survived one of the most life altering things I can imagine. It looks like the road ahead is level ground for you now~the steep climb is over. Hugs to you & your hubby-sweet Suzanne! xxoo Diana

Constance said...

Just remember that he couldn't have done it without you by his side. I was just remembering your wedding and how young we all were! You've come a long way, and should be very proud of it.

kathie said...

That is such an inspiring story! Starting over is hard, no doubt. And most people wouldn't have had the guts to do it. Good for y'all!

Zaira said...

Wow, Suzanne! I can believe how hard life can be sometimes...but I guess each of us could tell his personal story. Great respect for your husband who could rebuilt himself with much courage. Life rewards always. And you must be a very proud wife, I'm sure your substain was essencial for him.


house things said...

Very, very inspiring. I'm glad that it worked out so well. Way to go!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That was so cool that you found those clovers! A sign indeed. Starting over is always scary. He stuck it out and I'm sure he is happier for it. My hubby started over too when he retired from the AF. He got his degree while he was still enlisted. Took a long time but he did it and I too am proud for what he has accomplished.

Creative Ambitions said...

Great story... happy that you guys made it through... sound like your hubs worked really hard!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

Thanks! You made me start my day out in tears!!! :) I am sure beyond a shadow of doubt that one of the most greatest attributions we can have is believing in our husbands! What a way to honor him!!! And much thanks to him for his part in keeping our streets safe! God Bless you guys!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Hats off to hard working husbands! Mine is in law enforment too. Gangs Detective. Works his butt off for our family.

NanaDiana read my mind with The Sherrif comment. The Copper or Po-po are also good.

I enjoyed this post very much.

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

What a great story. I think we could that inspiration! The clovers were obviously there for a reason. Love how things work like that. Congrats to your hubby!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

proof that together you can conquer the world. What a great inspiration from both of you, because I'm sure those years where also hard on you.
I agree, call him the Sheriff!

Jane said...

Love the thought of finding four leaf clovers in a textbook. How very sweet. Congrats to your husband - I konw from experience that school can be a long and at times painful journey!


gina3 said...

Having friends and family in law enforcement, I know how stressful that can be. It's inspiring to hear that your husband was able to overcome and persevere through that challenge and come out better in the long run. I have a friend who dreamed of being a police officer since childhood and finally achieved it. A couple of years later, he was hit by a drunk driver and physically could no longer be a cop on patrol. He went to school and became a crime scene investigator so now he's still in law enforcement but it's not as dangerous. I don't think he got any 4 leaf clovers. I just can't imagine the awesomeness of finding those.

The Boston Lady said...

Suzanne, what a truly inspiring story. Your pride and love in your husband (yes, a name would be great and you could come up with one that is worthy!) shows through with every word. I know he probably has already told you that your support is what helped him become who he is today. Having had to hit "restart" a few times ourselves here, it makes you appreciate the small things. Ann

Anonymous said...

You could use the pseudonym Hero for your hubby. Anyone who is in law enforcement is a hero to glad everything is going well.

Tijeras, NM

Julie said...

This was a beautiful tribute to your husband. You are blessed to have a dedicated and hardworking man beside you! I like The Sheriff too, or Badger. :)

Thank you for sharing this Suzanne.

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

what an amazing story and I'm sure it was as difficult for you as it was for him. Life is wonderful like that, teaches us not to take anything for granted and to keep moving forward no matter what. Congratulations to your husband for his success.

maureen said...

Thanks for sharing that story, you're right, starting over can be really scary and difficult. Glad to hear it went so well for you both.
I totally think you should refer to him as the Sheriff. :)
I love that photo of the clocks, btw.
♥ maureen

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a great story - thanks for sharing. My husband had to re-create himself as well and it does make you really proud of them, doesn't it.

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