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You Could Die From This!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Back in 2007 I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. My doctor advised medicines and I caviled and whined and begged "Please don't put me on medicine. I'm no good with pills. I never remember to take them. Let me see if I can deal with this through diet. I lost this weight before. I can do it again.

For the first and only time in my life a doctor yelled at me. "Don't you realize you have serious, life threatening conditions? YOU COULD DIE FROM THIS!" he shouted at me. My doctor is so young and has such a baby face that it's hard enough to remember he's probably closing in on 40 - much less imagine him trying to look fierce. That's a real disadvantage with his baby boomer patients who grew up with family doctors who looked more like Professor Dumbledore.

Still, 2 months later I had an incident that convinced me to cooperate with him. As I sat in his office, nodding in submission I said to him "You know - especially in this largely Christian community, the thought of death is never that frightening. While I am in no hurry to die, I'm not afraid of it either. I believe there will be something wonderful after this life and so does almost everyone else who walks through your door. So telling a patient "YOU MIGHT DIE" is just not that convincing an argument. Next time a patient refuses to follow your sage advice tell them:

Don't you realize? You might LIVE - FOR 20 YEARS - IN A DIAPER, IN A WHEEL CHAIR, DROOLING INTO YOUR BIB?"
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KANSASROSE67 6/24/2013 3:35PM

    I completely agree. I'm not afraid of death either, but I am afraid of living as many people have to, suffering and ill. Some of that is out of our control, of course, but I want to do the best I can with the things I do have some control over.

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KANOE10 6/21/2013 6:54PM

    I was sufficiently scared from the effects of diabetes to lose weight. I am in no hurry to die! Your visual comment could scare anybody into losing!



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IMREITE 6/18/2013 11:02PM

    i am not ready to die, but i do want to have halthy habits so i can be active and have energy to enhoy my life. I have so many wonderful things in my life and i waste to much time complaining.

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STRONGERLEANER 6/18/2013 8:24PM

    That is a warning I think almost anyone will take to heart!

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CBLENS 6/18/2013 10:47AM

    yup, that's real life and what could happen.

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NELLJONES 6/18/2013 9:05AM

    My husband's father died of a diabetic stroke in 1971 at the age of 64. That was before the life saving medications available today. My husband is now 75, was diagnosed with diabetes 13 years ago but didn't take it seriously until his second stroke. He is now alive ONLY because of modern medication. Medication isn't a moral judgement, nor is it a substitute for healthy living. One without the other won't help. Men used to die in their 50s and women in their 60s all the time when we boomers were young. It's not just the doctors' age that has changed. In the end, you have to believe that biological reality means you,too. Having people shake their heads over your grave may help them accept, but it will be too late for you.

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LRSILVER 6/18/2013 8:59AM

    Those youngsters have finished college, medical school and residencies. They are rarely younger than 30, but have seen more in a few short years than you can ever imagine. Take their sage advice.

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STRONG_SARAH 6/18/2013 8:40AM

    You're right. It's a scary image but one worth thinking about. I would like to add also "you could become a burden on your children".
No one wants that.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/18/2013 8:00AM

    Interesting way to look at it. That mental image would get me in gear!

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MJREIMERS 6/18/2013 7:54AM

    Whatever it takes to make someone realize the severity of their condition! I'm like you, I'm not afraid to die, but I would like to see my kids grow up and possibly see grandkids. Now if I could get my husband to get off the couch and eat right so he can be right there with me! emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/18/2013 7:42AM

    How true!

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MSLZZY 6/18/2013 7:39AM

    The second scenario is more convincing. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
It is all in how you look at things.

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KARENKANDO 6/18/2013 7:21AM

    Oh how I love your thinking! Thanks for sharing. This was a wonderful way to start my day!

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NANNABLACK 6/18/2013 7:17AM

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DMEYER4 6/18/2013 6:59AM

  scary but true. thanks for sharing

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TORTISE110 6/18/2013 6:59AM

    Scary indeed! And I sure wish I had a Dumbledore too... These youngsters practicing medicine are so, so....young!!!!

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