Rewind a few hours, I had grabbed the closest pair of shoes in my rush out the door to an appointment. The “shoes” ended up being my stylish boots, which were unfortunately heeled. By the time I made it back to my car I was thankful this trip didn’t require much walking, my back was already killing me and my left leg was dragging again! As I turned the corner closest to our home I came upon our local grocery store. Ah! It jogged my memory that I needed things for supper still and stat! Now what? My back would never survive one more trip with these boots! I had a choice, hobble through the grocery store like The Hunchback of Notre Dame or abandon the boots and get the job done like a boss! When will I learn that flats are my life-sentence?!
Am I the only one? Well, I am likely the only person grabbing a few quick items at the store in sock-feet (I most certainly was at this grocery store…make no eye contact, eek!). However, I am not alone in the battle I face as I manage a multitude of chronic illnesses on a daily basis. According to CDC, as of 2012 about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions; and one of four adults have two or more chronic health conditions.1
What Is Chronic Disease? Chronic disease is generally considered a condition that lasts one year or more, requires ongoing medical attention and/or limits a person’s daily activities.2 Some of the most common chronic conditions are listed below:
- Heart disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Chronic respiratory diseases
Although everyone’s particular challenges are somewhat unique, the nature of the beast for many of us remains the same – this balancing act can be difficult! It changes how we manage our work life, our home life, our social life (if we have one) and has also changed the face of our healthcare landscape. Not just from the provider standpoint but also as patients, we approach our healthcare different today than we did even just a decade or two ago.
Today, we come to the clinic seeking a healthcare partner. Hoping to glean key pieces of insight which help solve the puzzle to our troubling symptoms we haven’t been able to solve on our own. Preferring solutions we can apply over information to be stacked up. We have to, life demands that we keep learning, applying and moving forward.
I have personally come to view my healthcare providers as an essential part of my team and are worth the investment of my time, energy and resources to be sure we are paired well. They are, to me, as essential as Aid-Stations are to runners along their marathon routes. Lehigh Valley Health Network via Marathon describes their Volunteers Station Aids as:
• Part Safety Officer: Our first priority is to provide a safe course for our runners. Encouraging them to complete the race and stay on track.
• Part Cheerleader: Cheer the runners on – it’s a long course, Get up, get excited, and keep them moving. Be creative, you’ll be part of the inspiration that keeps the runners moving
• Part Emergency Medical Supplier: Runner Hydration, Relay Team Exchange Marshall – As runners pass by, shout what you are holding, and hand to runners so they can easily grasp cup from you as they pass. Providing essentials to keep them healthy along the way.
So then, if my providers are like essential aid-stations, then I am the proverbial marathon runner. I recognise that a lot of the success of this life-marathon is on me. I need to do my part. To make sure I have my supplies on hand, keep self-aware of my symptoms and, knowing my body and what I have ahead of me, own my responsibility to prepare for what’s ahead.
Preparing for the journey is not to be underrated. No one else can do this part for me and a large part of the results I will yield is due to this. Eat healthily, exercising within my limits, balancing rest, work, family time and my spiritual faith. Taking time to tend to my medical needs like scheduling appointments, going for routine check-ups, exams, labs and medication consults. Every bit is as essential as the other, which is why allowing the “junk” into my life sets me off balance so rapidly.
Personally, I work hard in my search to match myself with the right providers. They believe in me and I want to make them proud of how hard I work. We are both working towards the same goal: to keep me safe, on track and moving forward.
At Rancho Paseo Medical Group, we encourage you to keep working alongside your healthcare provider(s) as partners in this life-marathon. Keeping you steadily moving and on track. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be equally invested in your health and vitality. Most importantly, keep going, even when it seems the journey is daunting. Refresh yourself with patience along the way and remember, there’s a lot of us humans on the same track too (at least 50%!).
Acts 20:23-24, I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
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264 N. Highland Springs Ave. Suite 4 & 5A Banning, CA 92220
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- Ward BW, Schiller JS, Goodman RA. Multiple chronic conditions among US adults: a 2012 update. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014;11:130389. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.130389
- Chronic Disease Prevention and Management – National Conference of State Legislatures www.ncsl.org/documents/health/ChronicDTK13.pdf
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