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#JusJoJan 20/20 – The Best Medicine


I’d like to start by saying thank you to Sadje for her prompt word, “humor.” Thank you, Sadje! You can find her Just Jot it January post here. Go visit her and say hi, and give her a follow!

It’s true that sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. I use humor a lot to relieve the tension that goes with parenting, and that includes times like now when I have a sick one home from school.

Yep, Alex’s is truly sick with a cold. Still begging to go to the hospital, but I managed to avoid it again today.

Half of my problem is the language barrier. If he spoke English, I might be able to effectively explain to him that there’s nothing the hospital can or will do for the virus he has, and the likelihood of him getting even sicker just by going there makes the trip worthless. Worse than worthless, possibly deadly.

But, of course, I can’t say that either. Because without the nuance of language, he might assume that if he goes to the hospital, he’ll die, and then I’ll have the opposite problem I have now.

I’ll have to drag him there, kicking and screaming when he really needs to go.

I used to be able to scare him a little out of wanting to visit the emergency department by telling him he might have to get an IV. He hates needles, so that worked.

Until he turned 18 and discovered the nurses and all the attention was worth the pain. Now he’s begging me for an IV right along with everything else involved.

You know, sometimes I laugh just because it’s better than crying.

And you know what else? Sometimes that’s the best laughter of all.

Where would we be without humor, eh?

Sick, I tell you. SICK!


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Author: Linda G. Hill

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9 thoughts on “#JusJoJan 20/20 – The Best Medicine

  1. Get well soon wishes for Alex and joke for you – hopefully you will laugh, even if you’ve heard it before –

    A woman visited the doctor and relayed her terrible secret – she farted all the time – they were silent and odorless, in fact, she had been doing so in his waiting room – but still, a concern for her.

    He gave her prescription and told her to return the following week –

    At the next visit, when asked how she was doing, she was indignant –

    “Terrible! You made the problem worse! They are still silent, but now! Now they smell horrible!”

    “Great!” said the doctor…”We cleared up your sinus infection, now let’s get you some hearing aides….” 🙂


  2. Laugh and the world laughs with you, sneeze and they slap a mask over your face. 😉 Sometimes humor is the only weapon we have.

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  3. Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and your on your own!
    I hope Alex is soon on the mend, more so I hope you are coping 😁


  4. I’d be lost without humor. I hope Alex feels better soon.


  5. Sorry Alex is not feeling well. Frustrating I’m sure, in addition to the worry. Take care of you too.


  6. Sorry Alex is sick. I admire you, I’ve said it before. It is hard enough having the teen language barrier, but the nuance of the language you share with him has got to be very frustrating. Hope he gets well soon and you get to have your own head-space again. You have a great sense of humor. I’m sure it is your #1 weapon and makes every pill easier to handle, even a sick Alex. 😀


  7. You’re so right, when we want to cry, laughing is way better to deal with the situation. Thanks for the mention and kind words. ♥️🙏

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