In my initial effort to pursue better health and also meet my self imposed rule that every post this month has to have something to do with making resolutions, today's post is about learning.
I have always been into learning new things, ideas, and facts. But my self education has always followed the route of what struck my fancy at the time. Seldom have I done research aimed at self improvement just for the sake of self improvement. 2009 will be the year I actively seek information about how to improve the health issues I will be facing in the future.
I am finally coming to grips with the fact that my chronic liver problems and the resulting immune deficiencies that are tagging along will not go away nor will they stay in the back ground anymore. I must pay closer attention now to any sniffle, cough, or loggy head I wake up with. Minor ailments can turn ugly and take me weeks to get back to where I was before. My current battle with the little beast at the top left is an example.
Rhino virus. The Common Cold. Up until the other day, I did not know one meant the other. Rhino virus was in my mind some exotic form of the flu. As I understand it now, the flu is a different animal altogether. In my mind both were just variations of the same theme. But no, I guess not. Both are viruses but hang from different branches of the viral tree. Both can kill, but Influenza does it more often. The common cold often just opens the door for other ailments to sneak in and take you out.
Living the last 56 years as a health issue challenged dumass, when I became ill I rode it out sure I would be okay in a few days. Flu bugs and colds were only minor inconveniences. Usually I could still function even if uncomfortable while doing it. Now when they hit, I have to be cautious about how I react. Especially in those days when I begin to feel better. Relapse has become the new enemy for me. If I push too hard too soon, I face a more debilitating period of suffering then the initiating disease brought on. Now it seems breaking into a sweat can mean more than just a good work out. To say I am a tad paranoid would be an understatement.
All this bullshit with my health brings up the big question of why I am not seeking help from the massive health care infrastructure that exists all around me. Well, I don't trust the bastards. They have screwed up my bad situation with poor advice, bad medicine and huge bills. I can no longer just nod my head and say, "Sure Doc, whatever you say." Their advice has cost me more than just empty pockets. My health is up to me. As it always has been, but now I will not put my faith in any doctor without first researching and double checking everything that doctor advises me to do.
They want blood. I will ask why. They give me a script. I will ask why. They tell me the sky is blue. I will ask why. I have entrusted my health for too long to luck and the hit or miss abilities of an industry that is more about my ability to pay a bill than making me healthy. The Hippocratic Oath should be renamed the Hypocritical Oath.