Friday, August 26, 2011

Humor Only the Parent of a Child with Special Needs Can Fully Appreciate!

A cheerful heart is good medicine... (Proverbs 17:22, NIV)

Anyone who knows me realizes that laughter is my favorite coping mechanism!  I even have a talk I've repeatedly given on "The Healing Power of Humor" to those in the nation's special needs community.  A good chuckle puts my problems in perspective and helps me deal with so much of the absurdity that faces me daily in raising these kids with special needs.

This past weekend, it suddenly occurred to me that I should probably have the tattoo of a drug company somewhere on my personhood.  As I looked around me, I found countless tchotchkes (pronounced choch-kees) with drug company logos on them.  Holy cow, I realized, half my camper is stocked with stuff I got from specialty pharmacies and drug manufacturers!  I thought we could share a couple of chuckles together today by sharing the items we have been given by our friendly drug companies.

Here are just some of the wonderful items I have received over the past 11 years from drug companies that would love my $160,000 per year in business:
  • Key lanyards & chains
  • Umbrellas
  • Digital alarm clocks
  • Toy cars
  • Baseball caps
  • T-shirts
  • Beach towels
  • Mouse pads
  • Pens, pens and more pens
  • Stress balls
  • Coffee mugs...  And they're usually very ugly
  • Cloth totes, bags and backpacks
  • Frisbees
  • Ice packs
  • Band-aid dispensers...  Typically with plastic band-aids lacking adequate adhesive in them.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Post-it notes
  • Picture frames...  YES, it's true!  Don't you want a drug company logo on a frame containing your favorite photo?
  • Travel packs of tissues
  • Water bottles
  • Laundry bags...  Great.  That means I have to do laundry. 
  • Breath strips
  • Sunglasses...  Mmm.  Attractive.
  • Coloring books, crayons & markers
  • Flashlights...  Destined to be thrown in the garbage can within 30 days or sooner because they quickly die.
  • Carabiner clips... What ARE we supposed to use those for anyway?
  • Golf balls...  Because, of course, we have so much time to golf in between child-rearing and hospital visits!
I'm sure there are items I have missed.  But for $160,000 per year in drugs alone, these cheap tokens are barely a symbolic gesture of kindness!  Nevertheless, I'm grateful what I have and can laugh at that I have the ugly mugs to use in my camper.

What's on your list?  I pray that this brings a smile to the challenges of your day!

Pray:  Lord, so much of how we operate as humans seems ridiculous.  Rather than getting angry, help me to look at these things and laugh!  I know you give me the gift of laughter to carry me through all of life's difficulties.  Thank You, Father!


  1. Amen to that prayer! i think i will come up w/ my own things to laugh at today!

  2. Unfortunately, all of that stuff has gone by the wayside and is now illegal. The government decided that all that junk was an inappropriate inducement for doctors to prescribe. I cling to my remaining supply of Adderall pens...they were the best.

    Of course, it was OK for the pharmaceutical industry to buy $150 million in commercials on behalf of Obamacare without compromising the objectivity or judgment of any of our elected officials.