Most of the posts you may come across about living life with a chronic illness can get pretty, for lack of a better word, “heavy.” I don’t discount the REAL suffering of others (or my own); validation, honesty and awareness are important in any internal struggle. However, as with any range of trials you may experience, I think it’s vital to find a brighter side; a silver lining; a good laugh—especially when it’s not easy to stay positive or remain hopeful.
So, without further ado, here are some “cheesetastic” quips I say frequently with doctors/nurses/lab techs/radiologists... basically any medical personnel I may interact with haha:
* When I have to get an X-ray, CT/MRI scan and they ask me if I’m ready: “To smile pretty for the camera? Always.”
* When they have me give a urine sample (TMI I know) and ask if there’s any chance I’m pregnant (NO), and then they come back with the results: “So, is it a boy or a girl?”
* When I get my blood drawn/IV treatments and my arms are severely bruised (my veins are notoriously difficult) and my little brothers see them: “Don’t worry; it’s just from the vampires.”
* When I’m meeting with a specialist and I’m severely ill/weak, and they ask how I’m doing as they take my abysmal vitals: “Oh, I’m just dandy. You?”
* When I’m the youngest/only patient they’ve ever seen with this particular oddity and they remark how unusual it is: “Well, I’m basically the rare unicorn of the medical world.”
They say laughter is the best medicine. In my case, it definitely is.