Isaiah 16:3 - “Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night - at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.
You walk into the store seeking a new sofa for your living room. You find the right section of the store and begin examining them. After some time, you narrow down your choice to two. They both appear to look nice, fit your body well and are the right size. However, the one that’s priced higher has the added feature of being able to recline two of the sections. That would make a nice feature, but should you spend the extra one hundred dollars? You go back and forth walking from one sofa to the other. You scratch your head. You just can’t make up your mind. Frustration takes over and you decide not to buy anything.
You’re at your desk working on a project that’s due tomorrow. You take a look at your notes and then start typing. Then, someone drops a file folder filled with paper onto the floor and you jump. There’s nothing really wrong so you go back to work. A few minutes later, your phone rings. After completing your call you set back to working on your project, but you can’t seem to concentrate on it.
In both of these cases, the person involved was battling chronic pain. It does seem like chronic pain was making it difficult to make decisions and concentrate.
The question that then comes to mind is: does chronic pain cause you to have cognitive deficiencies?
According to the Clinical Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, their answer according their article, “Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Pain,” the answer is yes. Read the article to find out which areas are most frequently affected.
So can anything be done to help reverse cognitive decline? In the article, “8 Steps to Reverse Memory Loss,” on mariashriver.com several suggestions were made to reverse the decline including taking multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
In addition to the suggestions in the article above, remember, even if you find you're in a decline and have trouble especially making decisions, God can help you make it by giving you wisdom or by putting people in your life that can help you. He can also help you concentrate on the task at hand.
Isaiah 46:4 - Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
I just crossed off another day in my calendar. It feels like the days and months pass quickly as I increase in age each year. And more so now that I am old.
Yes, that dreaded word, “old.” But what is considered old? Is it by the months slipping by or can it be because as I age it seems like everything hurts more?
Perhaps it’s because as we age our bones begin to calcify and cause pain in the joints – the dreaded arthritis or bone degeneration.
I know that you don’t have to be old to have arthritis, but it does become more prevalent as you age. Yes, pain does increase with age.
Find some tips from webmd.com on the types of pain and ways to manage them in their article, “7 Age-Related Pains and How to Ease Them.”
Don’t forget that even as you age, God will sustain you, carry and rescue you. He will also give you the wisdom and discernment you need when making decisions on what treatment to choose to treat your pain condition.
Mark 5:26 - She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
Your phone rings. It’s your doctor’s office. They tell you that you’re going to need to have surgery and it’s in-patient.
Though you’re nervous about having the surgery, you’re more concerned about developing a serious infection during your time at the hospital.
A friend of mine recently received one of those calls and needed to be hospitalized for the surgery. The surgery itself went well. However, while recovering she fell and was hurt badly. Then she developed a potent infection to top it off.
Am I even more nervous now about my upcoming hospital stay? Yes! And here’s why I should be nervous.
According to Scientific American in their article, “10 Ways to Stave Off Hospital Superbugs and Other Nasty Germs,” about 100,000 people die every year as a result of a hospital bug. However, hospitalinfection.org in their article, "15 Steps for Protecting Patients," provides us with ways we can do reduce our risks, such as asking hospital staff and visitors to wash their hands before they enter your room.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. The woman in the Bible had spent all she had on doctors, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. It feels like a page out of our own lives even two thousand years later. Take care and follow the steps above if you should need to be in the hospital. We can also take one more step – prayer. I pray before I see a doctor in their office or at the hospital. It gives me a sense of peace and perhaps will help the medical staff treating me to be more careful when it comes to infections.
Exodus 2:24-25 - God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
Have you ever been in so much pain that you groaned in agony?
Sometimes words don’t come because there are no words to describe what you are feeling. It’s easy then to pretend you’re okay to others. To try not to outwardly groan the cry that’s inside of you.
Is that really better? Will that choice bring healing to your life? I don’t think so. Whatever we think or do that causes us to focus more on our pain, even if it’s trying to act like you’re okay with it, will only magnify the pain.
Pain loves to get all of the attention and will stop at almost nothing to draw attention to itself. Yet, is it always bad to draw attention to yourself? Are there ever times when that attention is not just wanted but needed?
Yes. Sometimes you have to be your own advocate fighting to bring attention to your needs. When someone does some of the things listed in the article, “How to Help a Loved one with Severe Chronic Pain,” on princessinthetower.org then the one in pain’s groaning in agony are not in vain.
And last, know that your groaning is heard by God, just like it was with the Israelites in Bible time were in captivity. God remembered them and was concerned for them. He is concerned about you, too, and will help place people around you who will help care for your needs.
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.