Being Different Being Awesome Part 3
Making Difficult Things Fun
Since I was little my family has always made doctors appointments fun! When my parents knew that doctors appointments would be part of our new normal, they wanted to make the best of a difficult situation. When I found out I had to have surgery on my hips (and this happens for all of my other surgeries, too) I put a smile on my face and made the best of it by: 1) going outside often 2) going into stores for a little window shopping and 3) doing things that I know I won’t be able to do much of post-operatively. For instance, before hip surgery I wanted to sit on the floor as much as I could before I had surgery since I knew that would be a no-no afterwards.
We make a little vacation out of surgery or procedure trips to attach happiness to the scary. In August 2017, when we went to Boston for my hip surgery, we made a list of fun vacation-like things to do. We went to the science museum and the aquarium! We also went for lots of walks onto Harvard street, we went out to have dinner almost every night (with as many cheese fries as I could handle) and took shopping trips (very important). I like to make being different fun, too!
Please remember that the message of this series is celebrate my differences and also to help others to learn to celebrate their differences, too.