And In The End
I’m something of a risk-taker. I can hear my loved ones and longest-time friends chuckling in the distant ether. In spite of my appearance, including how I carry myself rather diplomatically at the oddest times (there’s that giggling again,) my life really has taken some relatively daring turns.
It’s all just about surviving one assault or another, whether of our choosing or the universe’s. I’ve done it hard and I’ve done it easy. Easy is the way things feel when I’m in good health and feeling strong.
A few weeks ago, I sat during the wee hours in the stiffest reclining chair my world has ever known, in the frigid yet glaringly lit waiting area outside the ICU where my mom lay with tubes and wires dangling from every extremity.
She’s better now, at home, and was only there for a few days while they essentially propped up her system with hydrating fluids and antibiotics. Mom’s health has slowly but steadily waned for several years now. Hanging out in hospitals overnight is no longer a new experience for me. I thank the universe for laptops.
Such times prompt thoughts about how I do what I do, about how I survive. Staying healthy is about more than being able to wake up each morning. It’s about all the little puzzle pieces that seem meaningless alone — but that add up to a big beautiful picture.
Like I’ve taught my son, food is to our bodies like gas is to our car. If we aren’t vigilant about what goes in, how often, in what quantities, and how regularly… the machine ain’t gonna go. Here’s a twist on maintaining nutritional health, though — the American Dietetic Association thinks you should have a personal Registered Dietitian and regular dietary check-ups. With a trace of skepticism, I talked to some RD’s to get their take in Forget Your MD. Who’s Your RD?
Also, I had the pleasure — no, make that thrill! — of speaking to one of the most energetic women on television. Dr. Pamela Peeke explained how her Fit to Live concept is more about being able to bounce back from what life throws your way than about looking good while doing it. The bonus: you’ll like the way you look and feel anyway if you focus on surviving the tough stuff. Look Hot, But Don’t Go Up In Flames.
Finally, if things do flare up around you — how do you know it’s bad enough to call for help? Even if you’ve seen them listed before, drill these health emergency tidbits into your head now before your need for 911 is in your face. Home Alone: Should You Call 911?
Sure, I may jump out of the occasional airplane or enter into yet another challenging relationship, but not without a parachute. And I always know where the ground lies. Because it really does all make a difference, in the end.
Tracy Morris, Health Channel Editor