The Art of Bouncing Back

My son was in ICU last week rather unexpectedly. Thankfully, he is fine and has recovered. 

Why am I sharing this with you? 

He reminded me of how quickly we forget experiences and bounce back. 

My son has T1 Diabetes and was diagnosed at the age of 18 months. Those early years were a steep learning curve for us and as in most cases, we found ourselves visiting the hospital often. However, as he grew, he became savvier, as did we, and the need for support diminished over the years. He is now 13! (Not sure how this happened and probably giving my age away). 

Last week he went into a state of Diabetic Ketosis Acidosis and we rushed off to Trauma and were immediately placed into ICU. Here we are watching my Son get plugged into heart monitors, respirators and all the technical devices required. Dad and Mom are ashen and getting things done as one does in these situations. 

What does my Son do; “Mom, take a photo, I can’t take a selfie”.

Really??? Here he is lying to all the monitors, terribly ill, can barely see and I must take a photo. 


He wants to let his friends know that he is ok and will be back soon. This is just a “thing” as he puts it. (I am sure there is also some bragging here to be done).

Dutifully, I took a photo and off he sends it before the meds take effect and he falls asleep.

I sit watching him through the night and remind myself how blessed I am to have him in my life. How much I have learnt from him and will continue to learn.

Then I thought about work. How often has change not been forced upon us? How do we view this change? What is the impact of this change on not only us but our family as well?

I have always viewed change in a positive way. Sure, it is stressful but what is the golden nugget that you can take from it and run with?

Always remember:

  • There is only one way and that is forward.
  • It too shall pass.
  • Always keep a sense of humour.
  • Spend your time doing things you love.
  • Work smart, not hard.
  • Always do the best you can do.
  • Learn from your mistakes. Move on. Do not beat yourself up.
  • Find the positive in everything. It is there, I promise!
  • Change is uncomfortable, but what would happen if you didn’t change.

I want to thank my Son for the reminder that I am resilient. I am warrior.

I hope when you read this, you are reminded that you too are a warrior.

Embrace change.

Go for it!

Debra Holding

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