Last night I went to bed feeling just fine—only to wake up a couple of hours later in a tremendous amount of pain. This is something I should be used to by now. I was diagnosed with gall stone pancreatitis in September 2008 and have attacks with it every once in a while. These attacks come on without warning; you never know when to expect them. And they can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. It is a completely unpredictable condition as those of you who have had gallstones know quite well.
Your entire abdomen swells up (sometimes your ankles and feet, too), and you have this indescribable, horrible pain that starts right in the middle of your back and will not let up until it has taken over your whole body. Nothing you do helps. You dope up on over the counter pain medicine, stand in the shower, letting water that is practically boiling hit you in the back, and perhaps lay on the fetal position on the floor, bawling like a baby. But you know it’s of no use. The pain just has to go away on its own.
My mother had the same condition. Hers was so bad that it caused respiratory distress and landed her in the ICU for more than a month back in 2009. She suffered a great deal more than I ever have—and she has the rare disease sarcoidosis and osteoporosis. By the time she was my age, my mama had been operated on more than two dozen times for ailments in her eyes, kidneys, and lungs. She had lung surgery, rib spreaders and all, immediately following my 1st birthday. She had her gall bladder removed in April of 2010 right after her birthday.
If anyone knows about pain and suffering, it’s my mama. But she rarely, if ever, complains. She handles her problems like an adult, so it makes me sort of embarrassed to be up at two o’clock in the morning bawling like a baby because I can’t handle the pain I’m in.
I really do wish I could be more like my mama. I certainly don’t want a rare, incurable autoimmune disease like sarcoidosis, and I don’t want to undergo as many surgeries as she’s had, but I want her strength. It really would be nice to be able to cope the way she does.
Is there anyone in your family or circle of friends who constantly amazes you with their ability to cope with difficult situations?
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