Who’s lucky? I am, I am!!! Last week was a duesy; strange things happened! Interesting things; very interesting things happened. I lost my voice last Sunday; as one Dr. phrased it, my “brain scrambled”. Really? I actually went to the hospital on Monday, simply because I couldn’t talk. I could write, drive, do everything as my “normal” routines goes; basically I could live my active, FUNCTIONALLY ACTIVE life, (except I couldn’t talk). Clients like that; I couldn’t yell at them! I drove to the hospital, and checked in. I brought my files, and pointed to whatever was necessary, file-wise. 8:00 Monday morning. I knew nothing was wrong, but I had to make sure. So I go go into a room, and they want to run tests on me; after all, it involves my brain! MRI, heart scan, CT scan; keep in mind, I just had my MRI in December, and everything was clean. Everything was clean Monday, too. Went home Tuesday, about 11:00a.m. Still couldn’t talk, but since I wanted to go home so bad, and since everything was clean, I went home. Yesterday I could finally talk, SLOWLY.
So why am I so lucky? First of all, I love UCLA! I get a private room, (I guess my private reservation still holds!), and the nurses: WOW! I had one who was SO nice! She came to see me 5-6 times; and since I was in the ER, (there’s no meals, there, in the ER), she was going out to lunch, and wanted to know if she brought a dinner back, would I eat it? Even when I couldn’t talk, I could nod! Thai food, I loved it! She wanted to make sure I was taken care of; she wanted me to write what I couldn’t communicate. So I was in the ER till about 9:00. As she was about to get off work, she brought me a tray from the cafeteria; I was so happy, so happy! I don’t know how she scored that, but she did it! UCLA knows how to work it; no matter how how it works, it works for me. The rest of the crew was right up there , too. I watched TV all night, in the ER. When I got to my room, I watched TV, and then slept soundly!
OK, time to get serious; I couldn’t talk, but that’s the only thing I couldn’t do. I could still drive, (by the way, $18:00 on parking, OUCH!), I could work the next day, I could run with my dog the next morning; I could DO things. The last blog I wrote, it was about a friend-in-marriage-in-law thing; she went on a vacation, and had to be helicoptered off that ship that was stuck after a fire, (2 weeks ago), was discovered she had a lemon-sized tumor (malignant) and had to be operated immediately. I don’t feel to to bad. You know, I just recently realized that I don’t need to be ashamed of my “disability”. I used to hide away, then come out when I was “clean”. No more; I am who I am. I can’t talk fast, but f#ck it, I can still talk. I can still work. I have a pretty good life, even with limitations. I’m proud of these things, very proud! For everyone who has a “difficult” situation, keep on going out, chat with people, conserve with everyone! Because you are you; be proud!
We never know how the path runs; please, please, please enjoy these days! I’m 54, and all my cousins are around, (you know who you are!) are around my age. I still think I’m 20, but I’m not, and “oooh boy” to that! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your years, months, hours, minutes. There precious. Oh, and I am very, very LUCKY!