A few evenings ago I posted a quote from Voltaire:
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltaire
Well, today, I was pleasantly and gratefully amused by support and packages!!
(Side note: I read a facebook status the other day that stated that this person only belongs to Netflix so they receive something other than bills in the mail. There is just something magical, at least to me, to receiving “present mail”. Again, if you’d to be a “pen-pal”, email me your address!! You have no idea what a joy I get in receiving a letter, a package, a postcard in the mail.)
Back to my amusement.
There is a family called The Brown Family. Brittany Brown and I were good friends in college and have continued our friendship throughout the years. She was actually visiting the week my symptoms started and I ended up in the hospital. She was in the room when the doctor confirmed the diagnosis and held my hand after why I processed the results.
Today, the Brown family greatly amused me by sending me a package of lots of things I love. Earrings (that sparkle!!), note cards, (for pen-paling!), encouragement pieces, nail supplies and cards of hope and love. Thank you Brown family for helping put some sparkle in my day!
I also received quite a few letters in the mail, each bringing a lovely smile to my face. And my grandmother (you have to love grandmas) sent me some starbucks giftcards…my favorite. She knows and loves me too well.
As part of my OT therapy today, I decided to do a craft I had discovered in pinterest (to follow on pinterest, http://pinterest.com/isabellam434/.). It turned out quite nicely!
What I did was I used an old cork board and created “pockets” with card stock. The OT part was the cutting, measuring, folding and taping. It was quite a progress.
But now, I get to display all the “amusement” sent to me thus far in this journey. It reminds me that though life is hard right now (as in, I have a really hard time doing just an easy craft), I have a lot of people who love me, care for me and have my back.
So thank you. To each and every one of you who sent a card!!!
As for where my future journey continues, mom (how I am thankful for this woman) worked today to schedule my 5th (I believe…lost track?!) MRI and doctor appointment with the special MS doctor. This will determine how the disease is doing, how I am healing, what will be more permanent, what we can continue to do therapy on, etc. It will also confirm what medications are working and what are not. This is scheduled for the middle of July.
In the meantime, my job is to take it easy. To rest. To swim/PT. To practice OT. To practice talking. To take my time. To learn how to relive life. To sparkle. To hope.
Heres to a sparkly day tomorrow!