This I Believe – Laughter is the Best Medicine
I believe that laughter is the best medicine. When everything in your body, every part of your mind, and everyone around you aches, there is nothing better than a fit of laughter. When tempers are flaring, tensions are forming, when tears are falling, there is nothing better than a fit of laughter. When relationships need repairing, hearts need healing, and ice needs breaking, there is nothing better than a fit of laughter. I believe that laughter is the best medicine.
November 5, 2014 is a day I will never forget, nor will I ever truly remember. The order of the events will never be clear to me. I only have fractions, but even those are indistinguishable from what people told me happened. I have no real memory of being hit by the car, no memory of what was going through my head. The order may not ever be clear to me. What I will always remember is the feelings, the way the neck brace clung to my neck. The feeling of choking was constant, but that was a small price to pay for the protection and stability it was providing. I will always remember the intense thirst, and the overwhelming relief of my dad wetting my mouth with a sponge. From this moment on, memories are easier to recall.
Memories are clearer after getting transferred to a real room, after my shoulder surgery to repair my broken and displaced shoulder. I had every reason to be miserable, a broken neck, a freshly repaired shoulder, a concussion and slight bleeding of the brain, and lurking in the shadows a torn corroded artery. The artery wasn’t discovered until sometime after I went home and was producing stroke like symptoms that brought me back to the hospital. My daily routine in the hospital included vital checks every four hours through the night, getting blood drawn from my feet first thing in the morning, and excruciating walks around my floor.
However, I was determined to be the strong one in my family, my own comedic relief in this chapter of my life. Something I loved to was crack jokes, trying to make everyone in the room laugh. One of my personal favourites was when people told me how bad I looked, I always replied, “lookin’ better than the car at least.” My mom hung posters up in my hospital room for people to sign as they visited, and a common comment from the nurses is that no matter what, I always had a smile on my face.
Laughter truly is what got me through my experience -medically, laughter is proven to protect the heart, boost the immune system, and trigger the release of endorphins which make you feel happier. Laughter helped me from entering the stage of self pity; self pity engulfs your heart and mind, it keeps its strangling grasp on you for many years after that. Laughter gave me a reason to fight those heavy emotions and stay afloat.
I believe that laughter is the best medicine. When you have no idea what is happening to you, when there is total chaos reeking havoc on your life, when every ounce of control is ripped from your hands – there is nothing better than a fit of laughter. When everyone in your life is looking at you with pity, when there are days where you struggle to accept your reality, when your life is in someone else’s hands – there is nothing better than a fit of laughter. When you need to be the strong one, when everyone else in the room is silent, when your future is unknown – there is nothing better than a fit of laughter. I believe that laughter is the best medicine.