Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc.
~ From Merriam-Webster the definition of Inspiration:
➢ A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.
➢ The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.
➢ The act of influencing or suggesting opinions.
What about for you? Do you like to be inspired, or inspire others, or both.
As you continue to be on oxygen or not, and continue to do what you can while you are here on Earth – this is something we should all ask ourselves.
I’ve said before and try and remember to Listen, Learn, and Share, and what? Influence, Inspire, correct!
I believe we are all faced with adversity sometime in our lives. It comes to us through a variety of ways – financial hardships, bad decisions, innocent mistakes, health challenges, and yes, disabilities.
How often do we hear, “if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.” You should do what you can to control your health and keep yourself in as good a shape that you can, both, mentally and physically. However, you can’t always control that total aspect of your life.
For me, I have always been fairly healthy. Except for those awful binges, ugh… And, those mental thoughts and challenges we all face from time to time. Fear of the unknown, anxiety, stress, depression, and even sleep disorders.
But, I watched what I ate, exercised regularly and tried to keep the ol’ noggin as sharp as possible. 🙂
Then, “The Perfect Storm” happened to me. It came out of nowhere. A combination of several things hit all at once. In less than 48 hours and a few days I was battling Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS) and today they still haven’t diagnosed the cause. A whopping 41 infectious disease tests all came back negative. Talk of an emergency lung transplant was in the works, almost, if not for my positive, and quick, response to my steroid treatments. Would I ever get out of the hospital?
I had no control of that event whatsoever! But here I am writing and trying to share what I can with those who have or will face some adversity in their lives.
➢ What do we do? (We immediately look for answers or our family does.)
➢ What happened?
➢ What caused this to happen?
➢ Could I have prevented this from happening?
So, eventually you accept that there is something wrong. Acceptance, Stage 1.
Society has taught us that we want answers now, not tomorrow, we can change things now, not tomorrow. But unfortunately, that isn’t true.
So you look for inspiration. From your family and friends. Maybe your faith? You develop a closer relationship with our maker.
But, we look for it first from our doctors, right?
PATIENT: Is it going to be okay?
PATIENT: What series of tests do we have to run?
PATIENT: What exactly happened to cause this?
DOCTOR: The tests came back inconclusive … we aren’t sure yet. (I’ve heard this a million times, and a new acronym for my major health event.)
PATIENT: What are my next steps?
But the doctors and nurses always seem to say, you need to be strong – keep fighting!!!
Yes, we all have to do this every day!
We’ve talked about choices. This is a choice I think you definitely have to make if you want to make a difference in your own life and those around you.
You don’t have to, but I am hopefully encouraging you to do just that!
I try and do something to rehab every day. This INSPIRES me!
Yes, inspire yourself and surround your life with those people and things that inspire you! Inspiration is something we all seek.
My best therapy is doing things like this, sharing my journey with others.
Inspiring my family, friends and those I meet.
Be mobile, don’t waste your time thinking about why? But WHAT CAN I DO TODAY that
I couldn’t do yesterday, last week, last month or last year.
Even though I am of course physically more challenged with my lung illness, ambition is still very much a part of my life.
Strive for and find that energy each day to make a difference and make today better than the day before. It won’t always happen, but it will help you recover better from those down days that we all have and deserve at times.
Smile at someone you don’t know, you just inspired them. 🙂
Until next time!
Laugh every day!
Bob Rawlins, 59, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He has been on oxygen therapy for more than a year. He enjoys skiing and golfing with his SeQual eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator.
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