Building on last week’s post, Outsmarting Getting Old, I wanted to thank you for your expressions of concerns and sharing with me your own struggles. All paths can bring healing. It is finding the one that works well for our own needs.
Today this little vehicle popped up next to me to my surprise! What if I would have not seen that thingie and hit it while I was driving. Oh my the hurt, right.
I woke up pain-free in my back for the first time in a month today. Typically, my struggle comes later in the day. It felt like a little miracle for me. As I struggle finding the right path for my ailments, I am able to go to a doctor freely because I have good insurance. I think of those out their with the climate of current-affairs so worried about that one issue in their lives. Why do I bring this up? (think stress of thinking you can not go to the doctor). We are not just biology ( DNA makeup). We are also earthed in our environment and stress is serious.
Disease such as my spine issues did not just appear out of thin air. My disease process was activated by stress on my body. I worked long hours as a nurse and did heavy work at times (think bathing a 400lb person). I thought I was very careful, but if one has a genetic propensity toward triggering an illness such as arthritis, than of course my line of work would eventually catch up with me.
Medical breaththroughs are happening everyday so we must stay diligent. It is no easy task to sort out complex conditions especially when we relate our genetics, environment, and on top of that a brain that has housed a tumor. All this smacks of a perfect storm.
The good news advancements everyday are occurring. I get excited when I think of healing that can occur from the research combined with my attempt to live a healthy life. Lifestyle with learning new habits in eating especially can be a bitch, but it may be the most important investment a person does for themselves to offset genetics. It may even help with other triggers as well.
As I think of triggers-I can not help to bring up stress. I lived in a constant stress state for over 20 years of my life raising an autistic son. By the way, I would do it all again except figure out how I could have got more sleep!! That constant stress caught up with me and I knew it. I have learnt and am continually learning to deal with it differently now.
The goal of getting the hurt under control is individual treatment. It is not one size shoe fits all. It is sitting down and going through as detailed as possible where we may need help. The help can be found in a sundry of treatments. My plan of care is multifaceted. It starts with me being willing to look at all avenues and finding the pathway best for me. I love that I can work on this alone, but also with the assistance of others. My unique makeup means I get to be part of the team that makes a difference. In fact, I am the most important part. God says I am. He loves me…Just interjecting that for those that think I am leaving out the spiritual side of things.
Sorting out complex disease does mean a team approach is best. I am working with a team of folks including Physical therapists, doctors in specialized fields, spiritual advisors, and any other I choose up to and including those in my life that bring me pleasure. You can take what you want from that, but the end product is to solve the problem or alleviate symptoms and disease.
As I carefully define my hurts and my hopeful answers with my readers, it is my hope we all look for healthy ways to live life better. I am just so glad I woke up painfree this morning. It was a gift, however, I am finding that I may be getting agoraphobic. Discussion to come up in a later post.