Saturday, November 3, 2007

"You must take care of yourself, before you can take care of others"...

WOW....that's a pretty powerful message and one that I've heard other places before but have never had directed to me...until yesterday...

Yesterday I went for a physical with my primary care doctor. The health insurance Eric has through his work is switching to some lame HMO beginning Jan 1st, so I thought I had better get a through going over by a doctor who knows me as a person and not just my medical card#.

During my exam the doc was quizzing me on every health related issue ever known to man. During this "quiz" it became apparent that I spent the vast majority (if not all) of my time on my Kids, Husband and Home. My weight has slowly crept up (in a major way) over the last thirteen years and it has now become not only bothersome, but a health issue - raising my cholesterol and blood sugar. Doc and I chatted about how I could remedy these problems and it became very clear to both of us that I know what I need to do AND how to do it - I just need to take enough time out of taking care of everyone else to actually get it done. I believe the analogy he used was that when you're crashing on a plane they ask you to put on your own oxygen mask before you put on your kids, not to be selfish, but so that you can be coherent enough to do so.

So I guess today is the day that I start taking better care of myself - it's not going to be easy - but I think I can do it. I guess I really don't have much of a choice when Doc asked me a very reality inducing question....."Your family relies on you now, but what would they do if you dropped dead of a heart attack tomorrow?"

The quest begins.....





Posted by Liz of Pink Lemonade

1 comment:

Girl said...

Makes sense really. My family is sad when I am sad and happy when I am happy. Smart doc, smart mom too.