I have lived or explored and yes even deployed to locations around this world that really makes you think how do these people survive without a reliable source of water? For example in Afghanistan, way back in the day as in Alexander the Great time period, he created a system of water wells for the local population to use. And then say around 2001, a bunch of folks with tons of hate and discontent came by and destroyed a lot of these water wells plus other historical sites.
As many may or may not know, I am fighting throat cancer, and this brings me to a few points about water. I am being treated up here in San Antonio Military Medical Center, SAMMC if you like abbreviations. When I was initially diagnosed I had no clue what was in store for me. I literally placed my health to people who have more experience in treating throat cancer than I have crossed the sun. And I will tell you one thing, I am grateful for the doctors that I have who were aggressive in getting me started on my treatment. Before I knew it, I had a stomach port for feeding and drinking. It’s quite convenient especially when you can drink some coffee down the tube!
So when I first started my treatment back in February, and yes I am almost done with treatment, thank God! I remember looking at that stomach port and saying to myself, “there is no way I am going to get stuck feeding and drinking myself thru that device. Besides how hard could this be?” Little did I know that radiation treatment accelerated and altered my decision to rely heavily more and more on the port for food and water intake for the last two weeks. And that changes your perspective on a lot of things, especially when it comes to good ole quality H2O.
I noticed that over time, the ability to swallow a normal size gulp of water was slowly diminishing to simple sips. But I had to keep swallowing otherwise I could lose that ability for a long time. So with all the meds I have to take, I am ok that I will be able to swallow once treatment is complete. But I look at a tall glass of water like a policeman looks at Krispy Kreme doughnuts and this is the worst part of throat cancer. When your tongue, mouth and throat all feel like it is on fire 24/7 then your ability to eat and drink become a challenge. And you look at that water and realize you will not be able to drink it down in one good swoop like when you are out working on your vehicle, honey do list or even some basic yard work.
This is the crux of this blog: We take a lot of things in life for granted in life. Our loved ones, family, health, education, even our ability to make money. And the worst part of our society is that we idolize those with fame, money, and good looks. You take that away from them and watch their true color; their true character and realize that there is more to life than what people wants us to believe in. Take away the basic necessities for life and you realize everything that we take for granted such as hearing, seeing, touching and yes event tasting that basic glass of water.