Dear readers, when Hurricane Maria hammered Puerto Rico, things looked dim and my thoughts constantly drifted back and forth.
One of the experiences that took a toll on my mental health was when I stood in line with my husband outside a supermarket, we frequently go to, and waited for instructions on how we were going to purchase some groceries we needed at home. Part of the process was to write it down on a piece of paper, and then when my turn came I was to tell her how many of each, and she would tell us if the item we wanted was available. That shook me to my core! Groceries that I had always purchased became a commodity, worry stormed me as I thought about my six-year-old at home.
Was food scarce? Was this going to be how things were going to be from now on? I felt so overwhelmed that I thought I was going to be sick.
News about the ports on the island, the gasoline shortage, the destruction of our communication infrastructure, and electrical grid stormed us day and night. At some point, I didn’t know if my husband’s portable radio was a blessing or a curse.
Nothing that was happening prevented the Sun to come down and then come shining once again after the night. The planet continued its spin and acceptance of the events came with it.
I even came used to the constant sound of of the Army combat helicopters blades as they flew all day through our mountainside working on a nearby dam. My husband served in the Army Reserve so for him it wasn’t a thing, however for me it was. I could only think about people who live in a combat zone, even if in our case they were here for a humanitarian reason.
The important thing was that we were fine, maybe without the commodities we usually enjoyed, but we had enough. Our house was still standing and we learned to use the resources we had at hand, and when things eventually returned to normalcy I’ve made sure to practice gratitude each day of my life, even if life does bring me storms.
Living with Myasthenia Gravis is one of those storms, and even if it’s tidal waves come storming into my everyday life without mercy every now and then, leaving me frightened about my future, I face it with courage, looking at it straight in the eye and saying to myself, “I will overcome this.”
And I do my dear friend, and you will too. Never loosing sight of the important things in life because that’s whats going to pull us through all our storms.
Thanks for stopping by and keeping me company on this treacherous road to wellness and remember always be kind to yourself and others.