Have you ever been diagnosed with an illness? You wake up feeling puny, make an appointment to see your doctor and $35 and a few prescriptions later, you know what you have and if you don’t feel better in 7-10 days, come back for a recheck.
Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? You probably have many more hoops to jump through and a much higher deductible for your out of network psychiatrist (are there any in-network ones??). Medication may or may not be able to help you deal and it takes much longer than 7-10 days to see how your medication might help you or months of counseling before you even start to pick away at the issues your face daily.
I have a diagnosis I feel unworthy of, I do not even like to claim it for fear of the stigma attached.
While I was in undergrad, my pawpaw had a very bad stroke that affected his speech and the right side (his dominant) of his body. He is able to walk and his speech has improved, it isn’t the same as it was before but he can communicate pretty well. Before he had the stroke he was always tinkering. Working on a lawn mower here or a boat there, making odds and ends, he was always busy, but the stroke has really slowed him down. One of the things he would make before he had the stroke was wind chimes. My mom has had one on her front porch for years and one day I told her I wished I could have one too but I didn’t think he was capable of making them anymore and I never really thought about it again. After a very hard first year of marriage including a house fire (you can read about here), we had a very big 1st birthday party for AK to celebrate her and moving back into our house. I was so surprised to receive this!
It was a Dr. Seuss birthday! I am not normally Thing 2 😉
It had taken him several months to make, but it is way better than any wind chime I could have bought in the store. I love to hear it every single day and when I get overwhelmed by all the silly things I have to take care of, I just listen to it and think of how hard he worked on it, how he persevered to give such a special gift with almost no use of his right hand. Continue reading