Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Two weeks ago, I was set to write a new blog entry. The universe, however, had something far more exciting planned for me.
Now as many of you know, my son has Asperger Syndrome which is a form of Autism. He was diagnosed many years ago and his diagnosis has never bothered me as individuals with Autism can live long and productive lives even with the obstacles and challenges that Autism brings to their lives.
A year ago, he was also diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis which is a rare, complex neuromuscular autoimmune disorder for which there is no cure. There are approximately 100,000 people in the world who have been diagnosed with MG and it is 5 times more rare in children than in adults.
Now MG is a more dangerous beast in that it can, and does, kill the individual with MG.
The reason the Midnight In Chicago audio podcasts on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Illnesses are so well received is because they are well researched and based on facts. Make no mistake about it, Thomas invests days and weeks into researching each podcast topic before he even starts writing.
And make no mistake about it, this is the same approach I have taken with learning everything I can about Myasthenia Gravis. Knowing as much as one can about a problem increases the chances of making well-informed decisions regarding how the problem is to be treated.
Two weeks ago, my son was airlifted from the Peterborough Regional Health Centre to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto due to a Myasthenic crisis. He spent 6 days in hospital where 4 of those days were dedicated to IVIg. There were tests and observations and more during those 6 days. And yes, we almost lost him. The good news is that we didn’t lose him.
Through it all, it wasn’t how smart I or any of the medical professionals were that got my son back on even footing. It was the fact that all of us stayed with the problem and put serious effort into problem solving based on what we knew to be true about MG and what we knew to be true about how MG presents itself in my son.
The next time someone questions your intelligence for taking so long to arrive at a solution in your life, remember that it isn’t always how smart you are that yields the correct answer. No, it’s how devoted you are to finding the correct answer that will make all the difference in the world.
Ask me; I know. Being smart is good; being persistent and consistent and dedicated to finding the right answer is better.