I Couldn't Have Got Through Without Being Able To Laugh.

Between 2005 until 2008, I had 18 Neurological surgeries in a row. The first one was to revise my LP shunt to a VP shunt, the surgery went well and I was elated when 3 days after-wards I got to go home. After that anything and everything that could go wrong did. I got meningitis several times which required shunt replacement, I also got Staphylococcus Aureus  infections, the end in my abdomen kept coming loose, more surgery, then I got Ventriculitis and MRSA ended up in a coma and nearly died, more surgery, then another sub temporal decompression on the other side. In a toal they all came to 18 surgeries, and I got to be a familiar fixture on the ward.

Now if I didn't have a sense of humor, I don't think I could have got through all that on strength alone. I managed to see the funny side in most of the things I had to go through while in the hospital, and some of the things weren't pleasant, but I managed to find the funny side to most of them. The constant IV's which were either in my arms, wrists, ankles and feet, the picclines I had because my veins were worn out, even down to having diarrhea induced by the strong IV antibiotics, and having to be bed bathed and toileted. Most of the time I looked like a marionette with the IV's in my wrists and ankles, which meant I couldn't see to myself toilet wise and often ended up with a male nurse.

I even managed to have a laugh with the other patients which made the time in hospital more bearable as I was often there for months at a time. So I absolutely agree laughter is the best medicine as well as good for the soul. Being able to laugh kept me positive and sane, and I know it's what helps make me who I am!


Wotserface Wotserface
41-45, F
1 Response Aug 9, 2010

You are so Blessed! Your being in positive disposition makes you have all this kind of strength you needed during those surgeries..makes you feel fine and smile at all times...<br />
My precious son has this kind of attitude too...he will have his head surgery also soon..i pray that everything will go well with him.