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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Make Informed Decisions Regarding Your Health

One of the things about living purposefully is making choices that have positive outcomes.  Of course, we can't predict all outcomes; however, we can use data, research, best practices, common sense, professional opinion, and a number of other information sources to formulate those choices.  We also need to 'tune in' to our own needs, our own health, our own feelings, our own journey.  What works for one MAY not work for another.  This week, my middle daughter was suffering from some severe back pain. She is 29, very active, physically fit, and takes good care of herself.  However, heredity, a job that requires lengthy sitting at a desk, and some recent kick-boxing classes took their toll.  On Sunday evening, I ended up having to take her to the emergency room of the local hospital since all Emergency Care facilities at already closed.

After the normal 'check in' procedures, we began the 'wait.'  In the family room, many people were gathering with tissues in hand, people streaming in and out.  Obviously, something quite tragic and maybe even fatal had taken place.  A mom with a fussy baby comforted her infant near the back of the room.  An impatient-looking man was holding some sort of prescription bottle in his left hand and he glared from time to time.  My daughter could not stand nor could she sit at this time, but they put her in a wheelchair and she used her arms to lift her body from the chair to take pressure off of her spine.  In time, her arms began to shake and go numb.  I then asked if there was a place where she could lie down.  We were ushered into a room where her vital signs were taken and then sent back out into the waiting room.  More new faces had entered the room at this point. I won't go into all of the details, but the 'short version' is that after 4+ hours, she was released with two prescriptions for muscle relaxers and pain and still feeling no better.  There were no explanations of why, how, when....just 'call your doctor tomorrow.'

As the week progressed, the pain got worse, and after several days of high doses of a codeine derivative and muscle relaxers, she was given an appointment to have a procedure done which was never really explained to her.  We went home, did our own research, and then SHE decided to have the procedure.  It is called an Epidural Steroid Injection and it is given directly into the spine.  I've included a photograph of what the procedure looks like as it is being performed.  Had we not done our own research, she would have went into the office thinking she was receiving a shot in the 'behind.' Point of story: this procedure has risks.
Andrew Weil, M.D. - How Medical Treatments Really Work from Andrew Weil, M.D. on Vimeo.  I am an advocate of Dr. Andrew Weil.  He does not 'bad mouth' western medicine, but he does believe in the whole body health methodology and I urge you to watch the video and make your own decisions.

EVERYONE'S body is different.  YOU must get in tune with your body and figure out what works for you.  As far as the epidural steroid injection goes, some people receive benefits; some do not; some have severe adverse reactions; some hardly feel the shot.  Some have internal bleeding and some even die, even though that outcome is very rare.  Be informed and make good choices...don't 'let' things happen to you- be proactive and ask lots of questions.
Spinal Epidural Steroid Injection Procedure

One of my segments in this blog is going to be REAL HEALTH.  For me, real health is about combining all methodologies of health care and using the forces of body, mind, and spirit for the ultimate health.  I am NOT a doctor, so I am not recommending a plan for any one of you, but I AM telling you that you MUST educate yourself about the care you receive and the choices you make in health is the care of YOUR BODY.  Make wise choices, ask for explanations, get second opinions, read, research, and get in tune with your body.  Understand its individual nuances....listen to your inner voice and give your body what it needs to be at its optimum health.  Your choices today affect YOUR health tomorrow.

This segment of my blog will include topics like, but are not limited to:
  • Spirituality as a part of Health
  • Integrative Medicine: Whole Person Medicine (see Dr. Weil's video)
  • Organic Foods & their role in your life
  • How to buy the best foods for the least amount of money
  • Recipes for healthful nutrition
  • Alternative therapies
  • My own experiences w/ my health and the health of friends and family members
  • The power of prayer
  • Water and its relevance to health
  • Heart, Mind, Soul Alignment
  • Healing Touch
  • Skin Brushing
  • Dental Health and its affect on the rest of the body
I hope you'll join me and add your own voice---I'm always interested in learning new ideas and philosophies and it is within this realm that we will ALL be more healthy.

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