When I was little I used to watch the Sylvester and Tweety Show, and I loved both characters. I even begged my parents to let me get a light fixture with them on it for my bedroom. I used it for the longest time. As we near the last bit of our much-anticipated Hawaiian vacation, I am reminded of Sylvester’s infamous words as I am forced to sit out on some of our leisurely activities because of an old ankle injury that has flared up. Again! Not exactly how I pictured things going, hence the ‘Suffering Succatash’ reference. That being said, thank goodness for our healthcare benefits and being able to see a doctor to get some pain medications to help see me through the rest of our stay, God-willing. If we were somewhere else in the world, getting help might have been more of an effort whereas here, a couple of phone calls later to our plan providers and a trip across the street, and I was all looked after for which I am most grateful.
Never in my life did I think that I would want to go home early from our favourite place in the whole wide world, but severe pain changes one’s perspective very quickly. Suddenly, nothing else matters except for the pain. I am sure that some of you can relate to a time when you felt similarly, maybe even right this very minute like me. Someone could have offered me a free trip to Europe all expenses paid, for example, and I’d have passed. I just wanted help! Yesterday, at the height of my pain, I ever-so-reluctantly asked my husband to check for earlier flights to see if we get home sooner. I knew it would be expensive, but when you are suffering, you’re ready to do just about anything to get it resolved. After some phone calling, it was indeed super expensive to change our seats and to boot, our airline kept us on hold forever, so we finally gave up and explored our next best option of going to urgent care.
Similar to dealing with our lost luggage earlier in our stay, there always seems to be a lesson in these adverse situations. First of all, appreciate your health when it’s good and do your best to keep it that way because when it goes south, it becomes your sole focus. Truly, nothing else matters, but getting better and getting better sooner rather than later. Our whole stay, while I’ve been babying along my ankle, I have been mindful of others who have been able to walk along the sand, wade in the ocean water, wear flip-flops, go in bare feet, etc., wondering if they realize how lucky there are to be able to do what they are doing. Likely not, because when a person is well, they usually don’t think about it. I know that I am guilty of taking things for granted when the going is good; it’s when it isn’t going well that we have no choice but to sit up and pay attention making us more appreciative of the good times for sure.
I am also thankful for my supportive husband, who has been right by my side through this whole ordeal, both at home and now on vacation. I was on my own for many years, and I know what it’s like to be without that certain someone to turn to, and while I managed just fine, it isn’t quite the same as having a loved one in your nearby corner whose invested in you as much as you are in them. In saying that, I know that there are a good many people out there, some by choice, some not, also on their own facing difficult life circumstances and I feel for them because it isn’t easy emotionally or financially, particularly if you don’t have coverage of some kind, which many don’t. I especially feel for the folks who are elderly and without their family/loved ones to help advocate and care for them. When you are ill or injured or simply not in the best of health, it is comforting to know that there is at least one other person out there in the world that cares about you. In many instances, it turns out to be the actual care provider who fills that role for those who are on their own.
That’s why aides, nurses, doctors and the like play such an important role and need way more credit than they get for what is expected of them. Just like any other workplace, there are definitely some who are better at their job than others, but many health professionals go above and beyond despite being faced with a lack of support of resources and/or money to do what they need to do. Treating and comforting patients, sometimes ourselves and our very own loved ones, with the best possible care needs to actually be a societal concern in that governments are often known to first cut necessary funding for healthcare in lieu of other more lucrative things, often self-serving I might add. If everyone spoke up about the issue or demanded more from their representatives, we might not have some of the crises that we have, even in first-world countries, but that’s a whole other story that won’t fit onto this page.
Wow—I think I have covered way more of a gamut of information than I first expected to in this blogpost. How interesting writing is in that many times it takes you somewhere different from what you imagined, kind of like reading a book really. To be honest, I am not even sure what point I am/was trying to make with all of this. Blogging is simply an outlet for me, as it is for many of you, and if nothing else with this entry, it has been cathartic in providing me with an opportunity to somewhat escape my pain for the time being and do something that I love to do in a place which I love to do it in. Maybe that is the point….that in spite of troubles that we may face, there is always a bright side to things. Cliché, but true. Certainly, there are much worse things on this great Earth of ours than sitting on a lanai in Hawaii, taking in the heat of the sun, the sights and sounds of the ocean and the chirping of the birds as they flit in and out of the towering palms. With that, I wish you all a happy, healthy, aloha kind of day:-).