Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sacrifice, Health Care & You….

Let’s say you are not in the best of health. You are overweight, have high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. You cannot walk very far without feeling your heart race and getting short of breath.

Let’s say all of the above was true for you a year ago and your doctor told you, you need to change your diet and lose weight.

Let’s say last month you had a ‘cardiac episode’ which caused you to go to the emergency room. After an exhaustive round of tests it is determined you have congestive heart failure. It is at this moment you decide to stop eating fried chicken on an almost-daily-basis and really try to change your diet, because now you life really does depend on these and other health-related choices.

And then you complain about the cost of health care in the U.S.

(Related with a straight face as this is not a joke.)

This person knew a year ago, a year ago, they were overweight, with blood pressure and cholesterol issues. This person was told by the doctor to change their behavior regarding food and weight. The person decided it was too hard to give up fast food fried chicken. The result of this choice; by a person who is an adult; may be the premature end of their life! Congestive heart failure is no joke.

There are times when we must make sacrifices. Sometimes those sacrifices involve giving up things we enjoy. Or something we are used to; a thought pattern, behavior, belief, or even greasy fried foods. Unhealthy thought patterns/behaviors can lead one down the path to poor health the same way eating fast food fried chicken can.

Is there a place in your life where you are refusing to address an issue that has been identified by you or those you trust as a problem? Are you holding on to a belief or a relationship that is demonstrably unhealthy? Are you afraid to let go of the belief because it will lead you to question other reflexive beliefs? Are you holding onto a damaging relationship because you are afraid of being alone?

When you have fore knowledge of unhealthy, negative situations in your life and you take no action; can you be surprised at the results? Can you honest lay the blame at someone else’s door?

Who is responsible for your life? Your choices? Your mistakes? Your success?


1 comment:

Khadija said...

Hello there, Southland Diva!

The sequence of events described in your post is the story of Americans' ever-declining health.

Years ago, I read an essay in Emerge magazine that talked about how patients were having hot wings and rib tips smuggled into their hospital rooms. I asked a nurse friend about this, and she confirmed that quite a few patients who are supposed to be on restricted diets do this. {shaking my head}

Now, I'm not immune to these temptations. There are some aspects of "the food groups" (as a friend calls it) that I struggle with. I DO have a taste for sweets and grease. But a few years ago, I decided to reduce my risk of several ailments by drastically cutting back on all of that. Like you said, "There are times when we must make sacrifices."

Peace, blessings and solidarity.