Leviticus 13:2 - When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest.
When you were growing up did you ever have chicken pox? This is an important question for someone who’s had them, because the varicella-zoster virus takes up residence in your blood stream if you previously had chicken pox. This makes you a candidate for shingles.
Shingles is a painful rash with blisters often affecting a strip of skin across the left or right side of your upper or midline of the body, though it can affect other areas as well. Across the ribs, chest, neck or face are also frequent sites for shingles.
Some people never get shingles. Their immune system is strong enough to fight off the virus before it attacks their body. There is also another way to prevent shingles and that is to get the shingles vaccine.
Many people are worried about catching shingles from someone who has it. But you can’t catch shingles. What you can catch from a person with shingles is chicken pox if you never had it. Also, the shingle’s virus is only transmittable when there are active blisters. It’s important to have the area where shingles is active covered.
Treatment for the pain from shingles includes cool compresses as well as taking an oatmeal bath or using calamine lotion.
Healthline.com posts the article, “Shingles,” where they discuss symptoms of shingles such as red patches with blisters or flu like symptoms. The article also discusses who is at risk for shingles, diagnosis and treatment of shingles.
Shingles and other skin diseases aren’t new to recent history. You can see in the Bible verse above that there were rashes on the skin in Bible times as well. The steps someone had to take if they had a rash or skin condition was to take the person to a priest to have it examined. Today, skin diseases such as shingles and psoriasis still carry a stigma with them. It’s up to us to be sympathetic to the one who has the virus and help them get the treatments they need.
Proverbs 3:7-8 - Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
You feel a cold coming on, but you keep pushing yourself at work. But the longer you push, the more sick you become. Pretty soon you find yourself with a fever and bronchitis has set in.
Now you have to spend several days in bed where if you had taken care of yourself you may have gotten away with only losing a day.
You’ve just undergone an out-patient procedure on your arm. The doctor told you that you would need to rest your arm and not lift it above your heart level. You’re provided with a sling, also, and they send you home with your promise to do exactly as the doctor advised.
But no sooner do you walk in your door at home you take off the sling and continue business as usual even though you’re in a great deal of pain. Now, instead of your surgery healing, you find the arm throbbing and not able to do normal activities; whereas, if you’d used your sling your arm may have had the chance to heal properly.
And lastly, the worst of all – You find a lump and decide to just ignore it instead of having it checked out. Finally you do go in only to have tests confirm what you now fear. You have cancer and it’s spread because it didn’t receive treatment sooner and now you may find your life in danger.
These are just a few examples of how we can sabotage our health. Our bodies talk to us every day. Sometimes it speaks in whispers, but other times it shouts at us from behind a locked door in your mind. You must unlock the door, because our healing needs to be addressed. Otherwise, we may find ourselves unable to walk out the door when we want to.
Whywesuffer.com lists some other ways that we sabotage our health in the article, “8 Ways We Sabotage Physical Health,” such as using a disease to connect with others and as a way to be a victim of neglectful people.
Whether we know it or not, we may be the ones are ruining our own efforts at finding wellness. Just as the Bible verse above says, sometimes we try to figure out what brings good health by our own methods instead of asking God to show us what to do. When we do this, it can bring health to your body instead of our efforts being sabotaged.
Jeremiah 29:1 - This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
I remember times when my pain was at its worst. I didn’t think that I could stand one more minute of the burning and pounding pain. Then, I received a card from a friend. The card meant so much to me. There is just something tangible about holding a letter or a card in your hands.
Cards are a dying breed. Everyone uses Facebook or texts. They don’t send out written cards. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to relieve Facebook “happy birthdays”, but the sentiments can get lost in time as other messages in your feed take over. Where a card you can hold and read for years.
Whether it be someone who is sick, injured, are in pain or if someone close to you dies a card can make all the difference.
Now that you’ve decided to send out a card, what do you write in it? Your hand hovers over the blank page next to the quotes on the card. You’re not sure how to start. Here’s an article posted on ideas.hallmark.com titled, “Get Well Wishes: What to Write in a Get Well Card,” such as “hope you feel better every day,” and “looking forward to seeing you back at practice when you’re ready.” The article also includes what to write to family and friends, or to a child.
In addition, here are some ideas for what to write in a sympathy card, also from ideas.hallmark.com titled “Sympathy Messages: What to Write in a Sympathy Card,” such as “Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs; I’m sorry for your loss.” Hallmark also has suggestions for what to write in birthday cards, “Birthday Wishes: What to Write in a Birthday Card,” such as “Happy birthday to one of my favorite people in history ever.”
In Bible times messages were all written letters. They were sent by couriers from one place to the next. They could take days to months for that letter to arrive. Take a look at the kind of difference a letter made in the Bible verse above. A letter had been written by Jeremiah, the prophet, to the elders who were taken when king Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel. The letter was important because the message of what was happening was written in it. It was received by the elders, priests and people who were exiled. It contained news about how long they would be in exile. His letter told the people to settle down and build houses. They were going to be there for seventy years before they would be freed from their captivity.
Letters and cards have been important for centuries. Let’s keep our eyes on how that card or letter would be received. I believe that anyone would be glad when they receive it. Now that you’re armed with ideas, take out that card and start writing!
Ezekiel 34:16a - I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
You went to work out at the gym yesterday and pushed yourself hard, and today it feels like every muscle is stiff and sore.
You were taking a walk yesterday when you tripped over a branch, across the sidewalk, fell and were injured. The pain lingered so you went to the ER and found out that you broke your arm.
You did a lot of work in your yard yesterday trimming your rose bushes, pulling weeds and moving a pile of wood. Today you find that you can hardly move. Everything is sore.
Two years ago you were in a traffic accident and you still feel a catch in your neck that won’t go away. Your doctor is now suggesting you have surgery to fuse two cervical discs together, but you worry it won’t work and you’ll end up with chronic pain the rest of your life.
Is there a real difference between being sore or in pain? Yes there is and knowing the difference between the two is important for what kind of treatment you will receive.
The soreness from exercise or from doing something you’re not used to doing can last in the short term 24-72 hours and can cause a dull ache. But an injury can cause a sharp pain for a longer period of time than soreness, and sometimes lasts for the rest of your life. There are also certain diseases such as arthritis that can cause pain, also.
Here’s a couple of ways that soreness is different than pain from the article on moveforwardpt.com titled, “Soreness vs Pain: What’s the difference”: Muscle soreness is tender when touching muscles, tired or burning feeling while exercising, minimal dull, tight and achy feeling at rest; pain is sharp at rest and when exercising.
Treatment for soreness which affects muscles can be relieved by physical therapy, stretching and alternating ice and heat on the area affected; whereas, pain affects muscles or joints and is helped by rest, ice, heat, physical therapy and sometimes surgery. Whether it’s soreness or pain, if it lasts more than one to two weeks, it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor to ensure that you get the right treatment.
God will also seek you out just as you seek out a doctor to help you to find out what can be done. God will bind up the soreness or pain and strengthen you when you are weak. Take your cares to God and he will help you get through it.
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.