If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry….
Daddy and I were laughing last night about my medical misfortunes. If there is a weird, random, medical issue, I will probably get it.
*hours before I was supposed to leave for my first missions trip to Mexico when I was 13, my appendix nearly bursts, and I had to have them removed. I, of course, missed the missions trip.
*Daddy and I were living in the church parsonage a year into our marriage. One evening I had experienced so much pain in my back that I could barely walk. Daddy took me to the ER, and at 22 years old I was diagnosed with Scoliosis…an age where my growth palates had already formed completely..which means they caught it too late , and there is nothing they could do about it. Greeeeeaaaat.
*while at a board and staff Christmas dinner in Joliet, I realized I was allergic to ginger that was in a salad. I got violently ill in the upstairs bathroom of our pastor’s home, and we had to leave the party before the main course was even served.
*after getting permission for my doctor to travel 40 minutes NW to my parent’s house when I was pregnant with Kent, I went in to labor at the 4th of July picnic they were hosting. We left the festivities, had to battle firework traffic, and arrived at Palos Hospital at 9:45 ish, and Kent, you were born at 10:27….with no drugs. You came too fast and furious little one.
*a few months after we moved to Bethalto, I was on two medications due to strep throat and bronchitis. I went to church on a Wednesday night, when a friend there noticed that my skin was red and blotchy. Fast forward several hours, and my skin is on FIRE. I went to the ER for a shot, and found out I was allergic to Bactrim….one of the antibiotics used to treat sickness.
*after 10 years of discomfort and other symptoms, I was diagnosed with Intersitial Cystitis in February of 2011. It’s a life altering condition (everything had to change in order to suppress the symptoms-my activity, my diet, my habits, my lifestyle), and it is also very very very rare. But of course, I would get it.
*While in Epcot of October 2011, on the vacation of my dreams, I came done with excruciating pain, which we later realized was kidney stones. I had to leave the most “wonderful place on earth” on a stretcher, and spent the rest of my day in the ER hooked up to a morphine drip until the stoneS passed. Only me.
*As I was training for this 1/2 marathon I was planning on running in April, I begin to have pain in my chest. It is diagnosed as Costochondritis. Again, a very rare muscle condition. As they are investigating the costochondritis, the ultra sound tech came across an issue with one of the valves in my heart….never have I had any problems with this, but now I have to have it investigated. I am scheduled to meet with a cardiologist who specializes in valve dysfunction on March 12th.
All of these weird random health issues….I’m thankful that Daddy and I can look back at laugh. You have to have humor sometimes when dealing with these situations. You can either laugh or cry. I try very hard to do the first.