It can happen to you

It can happen to you

Health problems can happen to you, so stop pretending you are immortal.

Fear is rarely rational

In order to live a happy and fulfilling life, you have to be alive.  Ideally, you should be healthy too as it’s hard to be happy if you aren’t healthy. It’s also hard to dedicate yourself to helping others if you don’t have the physical ability to do so.

Given that death prevents us from living, why do so many of us ignore health problems until they threaten our lives?  Ok, in my defense, my gallbladder died and didn’t let me know until it went gangrenous. I had no idea I had a problem until it started hurting. Even then, it took me four days before I went to the hospital, but again, in my defense, it only hurt for like an hour and then would go away. It wasn’t until the pain became continuous that I sought help.

Part of what kept me away was fear. I was concerned about money certainly, which seems silly in hindsight as I could have died if I waited longer.  The larger problem was that I didn’t want to admit to myself that I was sick enough to need medical help. I was hoping I would spontaneously get better. Spontaneously is another word for magically. It didn’t work.

It’s not that the wait and see approach doesn’t work. It does. Lots of conditions clear up on their own. Like the common cold. Or the flu. Or acne. Sure you may be miserable for a while, but your body will eventually heal itself assuming you have no other complications – like dehydration from throwing up and shitting too much.  

When it comes to your health, mental or physical (and yes, mental is physical), make sure you take care of it. Don’t let your fear of being sick prevent you from getting help when you are sick. The best way to get over something is to learn what you need to do to fix the problem. Professionals (medical or mental health professionals), can help you learn what you need to do to get better. Maybe it’s just rest or better diet or exercise. Or maybe you need medical intervention. But isn’t it better to know and find out instead of waiting to see if you die?