Tuesday, November 4, 2014

can anyone relate? (from Katie)

It has been really difficult for me lately to form thoughts into sentences and paragraphs and blog posts… my mind is going a million different directions :-)  My husband and I just found out that we are having twins!  Which is, of course, phenomenal news… but as is typical of those with chronic illness, it is not uncomplicated.  We are trusting that everything will turn out okay, and that we will get to raise both of these beautiful babies that we have prayed and cried and worked for, but there’s still a lot of work to do, building a brand new medical team with the most wonderful of purposes :-) 

So, since there are no great thoughts forming into traditional blog posts in my progesterone-pickled brain, I thought I’d do what I’ve been doing so much of lately:  write a list!  I’m a big believer in finding the light side of a challenge like chronic illness, and our own dear Rebecca has written on her own blog about the benefit of laughter in fighting for improved health.   

These items aren’t going to make you laugh out loud, but hopefully you’ll get that wry half-smile and maybe some head nods… and maybe you’ll feel just a little less alone :-)

  • If your pharmacist enthusiastically greets you by name…
  • If the majority of contacts in your phone have the same first name: “Dr.”…
  • If you’re convinced that hearing “you’re too young to be so sick” so often is actually aging you faster…
  • If you can read a lab report easily with no formal medical training…
  • If you know your veins and how each behaves when someone attempts to stick a needle in it…
  • If your idle internet surfing includes looking up new medications/treatments, research findings, and trials accepting participants…
  • If your stash of prescriptions and supplements rivals your grandmother’s…
  • If you’ve ever uttered “okay, but I have to be home by 8:00 (or some other too-early-to-call-it-a-night time)”…
  • If “sorry my homework is late – I was in the hospital” has ever been your valid explanation…
  • If you pick purses based less on their cuteness or trendiness, and more on their ability to hold all the medical stuff you have to carry with you… (How do dudes handle that? Anybody?)
  • If you’ve ever met your insurance’s “high deductible” in January…

Okay, y’all, that’s only 11… I know you’ve got more!  Add them in the comments! 

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