|Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.|
|— Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
The above quote was on my Starbucks cup of coffee this afternoon. It seems appropriate given the feeling my wife had after the Madonna concert this past weekend. The music inspired her to take action.
She is getting impatient though. Her exchange surgery has been delayed and she doesn’t seem to be getting a response. I know she wants to get the expanders removed ASAP. She has seen that her initial scars from the surgery have already healed. She is already started to lessen her medication and is now ready for the final removal if we can get a date for the final exchange. Once again the waiting game is affecting us.
Her strength those is inspiring me. I am so impressed by her ability to move forward. Her ability to manage the kids, her job, the house, our crazy family schedule and her own illness is something I am unable to feel or understand. All I can do is give her my undying support and make her feel loved and appreciated. It is all I’ve got. I wish I could do more. Right now though I know she also wants and needs her parents and i need them to understand that they can’t wait for her to ask for them but rather for them to show their unrequested support. It will only help in her healing process. The scars are there, but the pain and feeling of hope will make her feel better