Meniere's sucks. That is a well known fact. Just ask anyone with this illness. Yet it is important to keep it in perspective. It absolutely can destroy lives, but it isn't what life is, or should be about. This lesson was brought home recently.
I know that I have it relatively good with this disease. It's been 2 years since my last "major" attack. That may have some bearing on my current view of life. Life, for the most part, is pretty good. That still doesn't change the fact that you still need to keep Meniere's disease in its proper context. It sucks, but it could be so much worse.
This last week my daughter was involved in a car accident. Thankfully, she and the other two in the vehicle walked away. Truth be told, this was an accident that was three seat belts from being tragic. This was a rollover on a country road into a rock filled ditch. Almost certainly the three would have been ejected were it not for them wearing their seat belts.
Instead of three families planning funerals, we all get to hug our kids.
Instead of losing our children, we can use it to teach life lessons. We can use it to sit back and realize how close this was to a horrifying end. The bruises will go away. The other alternative was to not have our children come back.
This is especially meaningful considering that this child will be spreading her wings in the near future and leaving the nest. We were so close to not seeing that next step in life. I can't imagine the anguish that parents go through when tragedy strikes their children. Even before they are born, parents dream of what their children will be, what dreams they will have.
To have that snapped away must be gut wrenching.
It also makes Meniere's seem a bit less important. It still sucks, but it isn't life.
Even if you have to vomit while doing it, go hug your loved ones. That is so much more important than caving to this disease. Thank them for being there, even if it isn't much, or they complain, or don't get what you are going through. Hug them anyway.
They could all be gone in a blink of an eye. And it's rather tough to hug memories.
'til next time
Just a guy trying to live with an invisible, potentially debilitating illness