A Human View on Illness

Have you ever faced a serious illness or known someone who has? Chances are, you’ve answered yes. Why? Because we are human beings. Humans with bodies designed to breakdown. As complex as we are, it is a miracle more things don’t go wrong sooner rather than later.

Our age determines the sooner bit.

That annual age bar is constantly being compared to those who are ill around us. If our sixty year old friend is sick with cancer and we’re only 45, well then we have years to go before we worry. If he/she is younger than us, well then there have to be behaviors that exclude us from the same fate.

Such is what  happened twice in the last two weeks.

My father has a spot on his lungs. I’m not ready to lose my father and so the news left me reeling. During his biopsy his lung collapsed. then the results came back nearly  2 weeks after they were supposed to be in. Precancerous but…

The but is a lifeline but due to extenuating circumstances it could be Valley Fever. Imagine the bargaining and praying for the lesser of the two evils.

Such was my mindset when I went to my writing groups board meeting. When asked what was wrong. I told them. Immediately I was asked about his age. Alas, this didn’t relieve the minds of all, so more details were needed. Smoker? Yes. Ahh, the magic word in this dichotomous key that distills our mortality. They were safe from this disease because they hadn’t smoked as long.

Funny that.

Then I spilled news of my husband  and his upcoming MRI. You see, he’s been having blackouts. He’s sure they are heat stress related as his indoor job refuses to fix the AC in his area, and while he works at night temps often are over 120F in his area. Still, his mother died of complications from an aneurysm. His sister recently had 3 removed.  He decided to have the test done in part to put my mind at ease and to prove that he hadn’t lost his mind, no matter what I might think.

When I told my writing friends of this second twist in my placid life, they against began with their questions and began eliminating this threat to their own mortality. Age. Hereditary. Symptoms. etc. And as they each performed the illness shuffle, I began to think how I could use their reactions in a book.

Guess we all cope in our own way:-)

Time to lose myself in a story.

UPDATE: Hubby is given a clean bill of health. Heat exhaustion is the cause of the blackouts.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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1 Response to A Human View on Illness

  1. danrshaw says:

    It only makes sense that individuals relate to others illness by rationalizing that it doesn’t apply to themselves since for the most part people are selfish. We just don’t realize that by doing it verbally the affect it has on those bearing the news. Instead we should focus on the individual relating the news and how it affects them. I believe it’s called empathy?

    I glad you husband agreed to further testing. Men try to rationalize their health instead of seeking a doctor check of the situation. If I worked where you husband does I would more than likely be dead. So how’s that for relating? I know in the military when it’s that hot they try to rotate out of that environment as much as possible and take steps to monitor each other looking for heat related stress. I’d be threatening to call OSHA about the situation.

    Thankfully they discovered the situation with your dad before it got out of hand. I had to Google Valley Fever. It sounds like something a person with COPD does NOT want to get.

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