Last week, I was pleased to publish a blog post on the engaging Live Bold & Bloom web site. The post tells of a situation last year when one of our teenaged daughters was very sick and the doctors were not able to confirm a diagnosis.

One reader wrote in, questioning whether I was suggesting that I expected my wife would be able to feel better about our very difficult situation just by “thinking positive.”

I replied that there is a school of thinking regarding “learned optimism,” that with practice we may be able to become more optimistic. These are not skills that we learn while in the heat of a bad moment, but perhaps some of us can learn some of these habits over time, which is the reason for sharing some of these things in this blog post.

Nothing was going to make my wife feel totally better until she was convinced our daughter was out of the woods. Each time we spoke with the doctors we would feel better for a while and then in between doctor chats I did what I could to try to help my wife, as did other friends and family my wife spoke with. It was terrible and would be just as scary if it happened again, even with us having gone through it already.

Here’s the first part of the piece, with a link to the rest…

Late last year we went through a challenging few weeks at home when our teenage daughter battled a significant, but fortunately temporary, illness. It was an experience that was extremely unnerving, to say the least.

Just before this past Thanksgiving, my daughter Julie, age 17, came home from school complaining that she felt sick. She had a fever and so she took some Tylenol, went to bed early, and skipped school the next day, the day before Thanksgiving.

She then spent all Thanksgiving day in bed, suffering from headaches, fever, lack of appetite, and complete exhaustion. We brought her to the pediatrician on Friday and the doctor said it appeared that Julie had a bad virus.

From Bad to Worse

That weekend, Julie’s symptoms continued to increase in severity (excruciating headaches, fever, no appetite, and barely able to get out of bed) and she began to suffer from additional symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and a sensitivity to light).

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Best regards, David

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