Psalm 27:3 - Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
As you sit in your doctor’s office, you try to pay attention to what the doctor is saying, but he lost you when he informed you that he was going to put you on a new medication.
To most people this may not be a big deal. But for those who suffer from a chronic illness it can mean a change in their lifestyle.
A new medication isn’t just worrying about side effects. We all know there will be some. All medications come with a price. Not just a financial one, but how they interact with your body. They can add to the negative effects of other medications you are taking. For example:
This is just to name a few. All of these possible negative effects can cause someone who is already on many medications due to battling several health conditions to fear adding one more medication to the list.
There is also the judgment factor. People who know you’re already taking a boat load of medications may question you being prescribed more medications even if you explain to them that they are necessary.
And who would want to take multiple medications on purpose?
So how do we let go of our fears of the affects medications have on us? Psychologytoday.com in their article, “The Side Effects of Drugs: A Strategy,” talks about the fear of side effects new prescription medications may have on us and how to let go of this fear and realize that side-effects are not a reason to avoid taking the drug.
Having learned from the article above about medication fears and with the help of a patient doctor, we can start the new medication with confidence.
In addition, take a look at the Bible verse above which was about David being surrounded by the enemy, yet he didn’t let fear take hold of his heart. He was confident that even though war had broken out, he knew that God would be his protector. We can also be confident that God will be our protector from excessive fear when starting a new medication.
Proverbs 31:21 - When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
They say that if you have cold hands you have a warm heart. However, it doesn’t warm your heart if you’re hands and feet are so cold when exposed to low temperatures that they turn blue and are numb.
Your fingers, toes, nose, lips and ears can feel numb and turn white or blue in cold temperatures, and bright red with stinging pain when they heat up. The trick is trying to keep your body at the right temperature.
It’s like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks liked the bowl of food that was not too hot, but not too cold. And the bed she chose to sleep in was not too hard, but not too soft. Everything had to be just right.
That’s how it can be when you suffer from a disease called Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Raynaud’s causes your blood vessels to narrow and spasm when cold and limits blood supply to the areas of your body affected. Stress can also bring about a Raynaud’s episode.
Medicinenet.com has an excellent article titled, “Raynaud’s Phenomenon,” which discusses the symptoms of the disease, testing and treatment.
Though this can be a painful condition to live with, the proper medical care and using measures such taking prescribed medications and wearing gloves and warm clothing when in cold weather, can limit the affects of it.
That’s what the Bible verse above was about - A woman who her family could trust to keep them in warm clothing when it was cold. Let’s be like the Proverbs 31 woman and take the steps we need to live with this chronic condition.
Jeremiah 17:7 - But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
You look at your calendar and sigh. Tomorrow you have an appointment with a new doctor.
Will the doctor believe what you are experiencing?
Will the doctor find a way to help you?
Will the appointment go well?
The bottom line – Will you find a doctor you can trust?
It’s important to remember that no treatment or doctor recommendations will do any good in helping your health condition, if you don’t believe that it will.
You must take a leap of faith and make a move in the direction of trust. But how do you do that?
In the past you may have had other physicians who told you they could help you when in fact what they prescribed didn’t help, but left you with a side effect that was worse than the condition.
Or you may have been taken down the road of multiple tests trying to believe that one of them would show clearly a direction for the doctor to take in your treatment plan, but didn’t show anything.
Do you know, though, that you’re not the only one who has to take a leap of faith? The doctor has to, also. He must have the confidence in the course of action that he has chosen will benefit the patient.
So how do we find a doctor who is compassionate, cares for you as a person, has the confidence needed to move you down a road towards healing and one you trust?
Reader’s Digest has some great advice in their article, “7 Secrets to Finding a Doctor You Can Trust,” such as ask around by consulting people you know and take a look at the office staff and how they interact.
In the end, when it’s time to open the door and walk into a new doctor’s office, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to do so alone. God will always be with you. If you can’t completely trust your doctor, remember to trust in God and he can give you the wisdom to choose wisely.
Isaiah 43:19 - See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
It was over too quickly.
The presents were opened.
The dinner was great even if you ate too much.
The relatives have now returned home.
The tree is gone.
The decorations have been stored away.
The kids have gone back to school.
And you open up your checkbook to pay a bill and you write down the new year’s date.
The New Year. It stands in front of you, as you wait to see what memories will be made, what challenges you will face and how will you live your life.
Many people make New Year’s resolutions.
Take out the scale and say, “Oh, my!”
Put on your favorite pants and realize you have to move the belt notch one over.
What will you do with this New Year? Will you take a look at the weight you gained over the holidays and find the determination to exercise and eat healthier? Or do you decide to forget about it and just buy a new pair of pants.
So you take out a piece of paper and a pen and decide that this year will be different. You will write your New Year’s resolutions and reach them. But didn’t we say that last year?
The story seems to be the same: Buy a new membership at the gym. Go shopping for groceries trying to pick up foods that are healthy. Or maybe it’s a bad habit that you tried to break last year and weren’t able to do so.
There can be a lot of pressure at the beginning of a new year, as you wonder just how you’ll make it through all of those New Year’s resolutions and carry them out.
But something really does seem to stand in your way – your health.
I think that it can be very hard for a person with chronic health conditions to start a New Year wanting to meet those New Year’s resolutions. But it’s not impossible to reach them if we make sure that our resolutions are those that we can feasibly reach.
So what can we do to take the challenge, and in spite of our obstacles lean forward at the starting line ready for the gun to go off and run towards that finish line? Find some ideas on mercola.com in their article, “7 Psychological Tips to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick,” such as breaking your goal into manageable parts. You’ll also find twelve best health goals for a healthier year.
God can do a new thing in us, as the Bible verse above says, and it can spring up like streams in a desert. Give it a try. When you make those resolutions, pray and ask God if they are goals he’d like you to reach. If they are, lean into them and race toward finish line.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.