First of all I want to say that I'm grateful that I am healthy, have health insurance and can afford medical care and prescriptions. I felt like I needed to say this because I'm sure the rest of this blog might be slightly whiny.
During the holidays we love connecting with our friends. And I just now realized how the subject of health is part of many conversations. This past week we've had conversations about the following health issues facing a handful of friends:
- Back problems
- Calcium deficiency
- Breast cancer scares
- Calcified tendonitis
- Inner ear problems
- Cataract surgery
- Falling in the shower (or in my case, on hickory nuts)
It seems we've become the older people. When did that occur anyway? It's as if someone turned a switch, and we went from young, carefree, never-concerned about health to people who always have some health concern facing them. The world of doctors and specialists and new prescriptions definitely moved to the forefront.
Although relatively healthy myself, I too deal with health concerns. My cancer prevention drug causes bone loss. So now I have to take a drug that strengthens bones. My recent crazy fall on a hickory nut has me in physical therapy and heading to an orthopedic doctor on Monday.
I guess the upside is that we are more concerned than ever about staying as healthy as possible. I walk several times a week outdoor or on the treadmill when it's cold, and I am trying to stay a constant weight or drop a few pounds over the holidays (like that is humanly possible). And a friend with diabetes watches her carbs and walks daily on the treadmill. And she has dropped 40 pounds over several months. And another friend had the cataract surgery and sees better than he has in years.
So possibly when that switch was turned, we went from young, carefree, never-concerned about health to older but-maybe-wiser older people who realize they have to face whatever health problems come their way. And now we don't take our health for granted. And maybe we understand a bit more that life is precious. And that may be the best gift this holiday season.
I hope you are taking time for the important people in your life during this busy holiday season.