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I is for Internet

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a-to-z-letters-iOne of the things that is so different for me now than years ago when I was in the hospital giving birth to my kids, is that we now have free internet in the hospital. Granted, when I had my kidlets, 25 and 18 years ago, things were a lot different in hospitals to begin with. With my daughter, I was super sick and was in the hospital for about three days after she was born. With my son, he was born Saturday morning and by Sunday morning, they were kicking me out. I felt great after he was born; not so much with my girl. Anyway, point being, there was no internet at the hospitals back then. We weren’t allowed to use cellphones in the hospital then either (not that cellphones were all that common when my daughter was born–I think my dad had one of those huge, noisy bag phones, you know, that was the size of a big purse?)

What a difference the internet has made for me, especially with hospital stays. I can take my computer to the hospital with me, and I can stay connected to family and friends and even get some work done. I realize the hospital is supposed to be a place where you can relax and not have to work, but it’s hard to relax when you know you’re work is falling behind. Plus, I love my work. When I’m feeling up to doing it, working is what keeps me sane. I work slower now than I used to, but I think in a way I work better too.

But it’s more than that. I also get to have a life via the internet, something with my health that would be hard to do. I can’t go visit friends easily. I mean, walking is tough with the breathing problems. Then there’s the loading up the oxygen tank, the wheelchair, and having to have someone else with me to help carry the stuff. Going anywhere is not an easy proposition for me, so it’s not like I can just hop in the car and run down the road. It requires planning and a second person to do anything, and by the time I’ve used my energy to get dressed, I’m usually too tired to enjoy doing too much else.

For a special occasion when I’m going to go out somewhere nice and need to dress up, I’ll start getting dressed early in the morning, then will lay down very still for a few hours until closer to time to go so I have energy for the fun stuff and don’t waste it all on getting dressed. Even then, there’s the last-minute stuff, yanno how that goes.

So for me, it’s usually easier all the way around to just stay at home, unless it’s something special. I know it’s easy to get in a habit of staying home all the time too, because it is easier.

That’s where the internet comes in. My friendships and relationships are almost all on the internet, besides my family. Even my family is often on the internet. The other day, my mom had been trying to reach me and couldn’t. So she posted on my author page on my Facebook wall that if anyone had seen her daughter, to have me call her. She even put: LOL –gotta love that.

The internet allows me, someone dealing with illness and struggling with energy levels for socialization, to have some sort of life and interaction with real people without all the stress and strain of in person socializing. I can almost be normal some days on the internet.

I like normal. Or nermal. Or whatever you want to call it.

So I’m quite grateful for the internet, both for personal and business reasons. Without the internet, my life would be extremely different, and not for the better.

What changes has the internet made in your life?

Love and stuff,

Michy

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  1. Derek Odom says:

    Luckily, I’ve no health problems that prevent me from doing regular things, so I still have a nice and healthy social real life, but I also have a very busy online live and I must admit, it sure has changed things!

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