Monday, November 19, 2012
Pieces of Eight
It was eight years ago yesterday that I beat the odds and kicked Death in the tender man bits. It’s a long story involving my spinal cord, a blood clot, and a team of perplexed doctors in the ER who now call me ‘miracle’ because it wasn’t supposed to be possible to survive it without major paralysis (think Christopher Reeve) and yet I somehow magically did and walked out of the hospital. (If you want those kind of gory details, click HERE.)
Needless to say, November 18th is always one of my favorite days of the year.
Now, some people don’t want me to talk about that day here anymore or say “yay, I’m happy to be alive” and things like that. Some people think I should pretend it never even happened in case I “frighten” my 16 year old by “reminding” her of it…. although how on earth I am expected to erase it from existence when I still have nerve damage and numbness on almost 50% of my body and we live with it every damn day of our lives is beyond me! (Some people have no lives and need to butt out of other people’s personal health issues. Clearly.) However, I’m not going to bow like that to some people anymore.
I celebrated my eighth “re-birth day” yesterday by going back through all the hundreds of posts I deleted back in March because of some people and re-published all my November 18th posts from the past because, well, it’s MY reality, it’s MY story to tell, it’s MY right to tell it, it’s MY blog, and—fuck it—I’m NOT taking dictation here.
(Oh, and the other hundreds of deleted posts? They’ll be coming back too…. just not quite yet because it will take some time to go through them all, and I’ve got something more important to do this week: LIKE GOING ON VACATION!!!!)
So, anyway…. the moral of the story is: Surviving a health crisis is good. And people who try to hijack your blog and use your health against you in a court case are assholes. There. But anyway….
I’m not sure if I’ll be skipping through Blogaritaville much this week before we take off on our vacay, so, if not, have a Happy Thanksgiving, you guys! I hope it’s tryptophan-tastic!
JJ, we will be seeing you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon! :-)