Be Grateful for Little Problems
by Carrie R
I recently experienced some health problems while travelling. I thought it was my gall bladder because the pain was so intense on one side. My doctor thought that too and ordered a sonogram....no gall bladder problems!
I showed him an itchy rash on my side. It was Shingles! All that pain was related to the Shingles. Luckily I had a mild case of it. But, the sonogram I had to have showed a "spot" on my kidney, so the doctor ordered a CT scan of my abdomen. It turned out to be benign, but of course other little problems were found. My doctor assured me that they were normal problems for someone my age, and we would just have to monitor them. I felt grateful that they didn't find anything major.
Fast forward a month, and my 86 year old mom wakes up in excrutiating pain, calls the EMT's and ends up in the emergency room. She can't walk, her left foot is dragging, and I'm imagining a stroke. They do an MRI, and it's only a really badly inflammed lower back. She has bulging discs but no herniation. She left the emergency room that night walking with a walker, and she was fine after about a week of steroids!
I think the message here for me was - it can always be worse.
Be thankful for the little itch, the occasional twinge, the sore muscles. They are a sign of age, but not anything serious.
Be grateful for little problems....they show you're alive!