I hate being uninformed. Lack of understanding terrifies me.
And now I feel much better...because I have information and a basic understanding of my mom's medical condition. I can see the tunnel now and there is a light at the end of it. Earlier this week I was in the dark. I couldn't tell where the tunnel was, much less glimpse the light.
My mom has lupus and has had it for many years. I'm a bit familiar with the visible effects it has on her, but no idea of the causes or internal effects. I learned something today: if you have lupus and don't take your steroids, you could die. Your body will attack itself and your blood cells will dissolve and your muscles (think "heart") will quit working. Mom didn't feel well enough to go to the doctor so the doctor couldn't renew the Rx she needed. Steroids require close supervision: no doctor visit=no refill. We think she's been several months without the steroids, so it's been a downhill spiral. Now I know what we have to do. We have to keep up with doctor schedules.
I love understanding a situation. With understanding, you know why things have to be done a certain way. It's easier to remember to do something if you know why it has to be done.