A friend- let’s call her Kayla- made this comment in a grad class we are taking together this month in regards to her former interactions with a doctor. As a teenager, Kayla was understandably a bit defiant in terms of complying with her physician’s advice. Weren’t we all? But one day she had an epiphany: What was the point of attending the appointments if she was not willing to be open, honest, and determined in the process of seeking care? “My doctor is showing up, so I probably should be, too,” Kayla realized. She changed her outlook and told the doctor her concerns while soaking up his recommendations, taking baby steps until she was comfortable to set more progressive goals along the road to getting better.
The class laughed and we all nodded our heads in agreement. We can go to the doctor multiple times a month to get bandages placed on our respective health maladies, but this is only temporary relief for pain and suffering that is long-term in nature if it involves chronic illness. We must not simply “show up” with our physical presences, but also with our attitudes.
I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and I hope to carry Kayla’s mantra with me. I want to “show up” with my “game face” on, ready to tackle the issues. My doctor is strong for me every time I seek her help, so I must, in turn, be brave when making the adjustments she suggests.
Thank you to everyone who offered words of support during my rough day yesterday. Unfortunately, those days happen more often than I would like for various uncontrollable reasons. Chronic illness is like trying to stop a leaky faucet by clogging it with a piece of Swiss cheese. When you fix one spot, another issue can always arise. My pump site is working well today, but my allergies might cause my liver to release sugar and my blood glucose levels to increase, for example. Alas, it is a new day and I am thankful that the diabetic online community understands what I mean.
Enjoy the rest of your weekends. Here’s to a week of good health for everyone.