What IS Normal Anyway?

 

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Since Jessie has recently been diagnosed with Neurally Mediated Hypotension (meaning that your brain is giving your heart the wrong signal) with the end result being Orthostatic Intolerence (meaning you get dizzy a lot), dizziness has been one of the “questions of the day” in our household.  

A funny thing happened the other day.  Jessie comes into the kitchen.  I ask, “How are you feeling?  Any dizziness?.” Her reply is, “You know, I just thought everybody saw black flashes and spotty lights from time to time.  I thought it was a normal thing.”  
I ask, “Do you mean EVERYBODY or people with Chronic Fatigue?”
Jessie says, “Everybody!”

We had our laugh when I told her that, no, it is NOT normal to see stars and black flashes on a daily basis.  Heck, it’s not even normal to have it occur on an occasional basis!  Apparently the girl has been living with this condition for, well I don’t even know how long!  She just grew up thinking that it was a normal thing for everyone.  I know, this doesn’t make our family look very bright.

That got me to thinking about  what NORMAL really is.  Of course, “normal” is a relative term.  I think I remember hearing that people who have been born blind are more often than not completely content with their condition because it is “normal” – something they’ve always lived with.  If a child is abused and never knows the difference, they think that this abusive behavior is “normal”.   The list goes on and on.  

It just amazed me that a 16 year old would think that seeing stars is NORMAL!  How can this be?  What else does this child think is NORMAL?  Think about it, this could only be the tip of the iceberg.
You know, it’s crazy thoughts like these that keep parents awake at night. 

Have you ever found that what you thought was normal really wasn’t so normal after all?  Just a thought.

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One response to “What IS Normal Anyway?

  1. Sue

    Something very similar happened at our house! Two years ago, during his annual physical, our pediatrician said Jamie needed to see an opthamologist (sp?) because he didn’t do well on the screening test. Turned out he DID need glasses, which surprised me because he never mentioned not being able to see well. He then admitted that he always got a headache when he watched TV. Same as Jessie, he said, “Doesn’t everyone get a headache from watching tv?” We said, “No!” He still hates to wear glasses but always does for TV or movies.

    So, don’t feel bad! It happened to us, too!

    Sue

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