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Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

Have you ever emerged from a movie theater so wrapped up in the intensity of the film you just saw that you have a hard time returning to reality?

As you exit the theater, others around you chatter about various aspects of the show, the strong plot, the superb acting, the satisfying ending. For a matter of moments, hours, or sometimes even days, you are so influenced by the emotion of the story world that you tend to view your surroundings from the perspective of the settings and scenes depicted on the screen.

As time goes by and you assimilate back into the reality of daily life, the influence of that movie gradually loses its grip on you. You face the fact that, no matter how much you may daydream, you will never be as brave as the heroine, live as exciting a life as the characters, or enjoy the happy ending portrayed in the make believe story.

As my husband and I move farther away from his hospitalization and live through the day to day challenges of his recovery, I feel somewhat like that movie-goer. Emotions ran high during the month of October and the first part of November as he faced surgery, rehab, a discharge date, canceled by more surgery and followed by more rehab and finally, the return home.

Just like a well-acted movie, each person who played a part in my husband’s care and recovery touched us in a unique way. Whether healthcare professional, ancillary personnel, or room-mate, everyone we had contact with listened to our story and sometimes revealed their own. We bonded with the shared experience of illness and its impact on our lives.

Now that we are home, we still feel the effects of his long illness and continue to adjust to the changes it has brought about in our lives. My husband was admitted in October with a lot of pain, a very sick leg, and severely compromised toes. Prior to that, he endured eight months of treatments, public health care visits, IV antibiotic therapy, and hospitalizations accentuated by progress and setbacks to a severely infected leg.

Today, he has minimal pain, a healthy leg, and is minus five toes. During the time of healing from this amputation surgery, he has assimilated the skills he gained in rehab to daily life while leaving the security of the hospital setting behind.

Those who shared our concerns with us: family, friends, church family, and caregivers, represent to me those who sat through the movie with us. They sighed and prayed during the setbacks and cheered and thanked God for the victories.

Yet, there are others in our world unaware of the struggle unfolding in our lives. They can’t begin to understand the fears we continue to face because they have not shared the experience.

It’s kind of like trying to capture the emotion of the movie for someone who has not seen it. We can tell them about it, but until they sit in the movie theater surrounded by the sights and sounds of the story, they can’t identify with the feelings evoked in us.

I’m struggling to free myself from the constraints of the drama that has unfolded over the past months and reintegrate into a world where my worries are not the most important thing to be considered.    

How many people in your life have shared your most memorable experiences with you?

 

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 11/24/2013 10:17:22 PM

Thank you for stopping by, Patricia! Yes, it seems I can always find someone who has had a more difficult time than we, and we are blessed to have great doctors, along with supportive family and friends. I think I'm still searching for that ""normal!""

Patricia Bradley From Mississippi At 11/24/2013 8:46:32 PM

My husband spent 3 months in the hospital once with pancreatitis, so I know something about how you feel. And it does take a while to get back to normal...whatever normal is. Glad everything is going well for you.

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