I have posted to numerousl topics on this site. I have been very encouraged by the responses of so many. There is no way I could ever thank all the people whom have come into my life, from whatever source or venue, and been a vital part of my being able to stay the path of this journey. But I do want to share the most wondrous day of my life since this journey began.
On April 13, 2011 after 539 days, 21 hours, and thirty minutes- My husband, Dennie was reintroduced to the world of hearing. Hearing better than he said he could ever remember hearing. When the specialist placed those aids in his ears, it was a sight I will never ever forget. Dennie jumped and beamed a smile on his face which was worth more than any words spoken could do justice to. The Specialist, Dennie, and I sported some huge grins on our faces that is indescribably. Not to mention the moisture which leaked from my eyes required some dabbing at. I can honestly say that every second of the 46,647,000 seconds of his severe hearing impairment I wished and hoped for his hearing to be restored. So many sleepless hours of the 12957 hours since his hearing was taken plagued me with feelings of failing to met his needs and make things happen. Yes, That very moment in which the hearing aids were turned on- Dennie and I were overwhelmed!
Many times I explored for avenues to make this a reality. So many times I would find a place to explore for assistance and every time we were turned down. For whatever reasons, and each encounter had one, we could not meet the criteria for assistance. So very many times, I would almost reach the point of giving into defeat, but Dennie had never been a quitter since this journey started. He had overcome so many odds against his survival and recovery by leops and bounds whatever anyone ever thought possible for him.
Don''t ever give up the dreams and goals you set. Your journey may not be what you desire, but it is your journey after all. Meningitis ( especially, some forms of it) bring a lot of dispair and heartache to the lives of those whom journey through and beyond it. I have learned to hold onto some sayings, where I got some of them, I can't honestly tell you.
"Nothing ventured nothing gained"
"If nothing changes nothing changes"
"Chances, choices, changes: Are you willing to take the chance to make the choice to accept the changes in your life.
Those 3 C"s have challenged me the most, but all three have been an important boast to my ability to accept and deal with whatever Challenges have thus far presented itself in our path. I wrote this post to be an encouragement to others in their journey. Don't give in or up, but search from within to find the solutions to obtain the best possible results for whatever plagues your journey. While many aspects of your journey will be treacherous, it does not have to be "un-do-able." Life after meningitis does not have to be lived in the survival l mode, but with virtuous thriving and contribution of self in the daily grind of life that all go through.