You Always Hurt the Ones you Love I spent yesterday with my family for our traditional Easter meal. Our family functions tend to be a little neurotic and frenzied as my Mother kind of whips everyone into a froth. But, that I am used to...don't like it but it's not a surprise. What was kind of a surprise was the way a couple of family members react to me now. My brother and sister-in-law seemed uncomfortable. Well, let me be clear, my brother was uncomfortable because he was suffering with yet another bout of severe gout. He gets in chronically to the point he doesn't even go to the doctor for it anymore. THe doctor tells him it can be controlled by diet, and by brother hears a "Charlie Brown grown-up" voice. You know..."Wha wa wa, wa wa wa, wa wa~!" My brother is probably around 300 lbs. Just guessing there as he won't say. He is glad for my return to health, but has no respect for how it was done. He thinks you should be strong enough to "do it on your own", and because he isn't, he covers under bluster of "there's nothing wrong with me, I am fine!" Or, "I like to eat what I eat and won't eat what I don't like (ei any veggies other than potatoes and corn). But now he is suffering. He also has Menier's disease, which he was also told he could somewhat control with diet...he did it in a modified fashion for about 6 months-still no veggies- but couldn't keep it up. And when I try to talk to him about how he could do small modifications without the surgery that would help, he is looking at me talk with his eyes, but his mind is in it's happy place. Probably sitting with a bag of...

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