Jeremiah 17:8 - He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
You step outside your door and then do a double take and head back inside. It’s much too hot for you to be outside.
Summer can be a worrisome season especially if you have a health condition that is affected by the heat.
Some include having an autoimmune disorder where your body breaks out in rashes or hives whenever the individual becomes overheated. Others include passing out or having difficulty breathing. And for those who are in their senior years, the heat becomes even more unbearable.
Summer, though, can be a difficult time even if you don’t have a disease that makes it hard to be outdoors. It’s a matter of time; when you stay out in it longer than is wise you can be impacted by heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both heat-related illnesses. They both have similarities and differences. Emedicinehealth.com's article, "Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke: How to Tell the Difference," lists ways they are the same such as headache, weakness and muscles cramps; and their differences such as heat exhaustion causes pale, cool clammy skin and heat stroke causes flushed, hot dry skin.
Either of these heat-related illnesses are to be avoided. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which can lead to death.
Greatest.com in their article, "24 Tricks to Survive Hot Summer Nights (without AC)," provides some great tips such as how to make a DIY air conditioner using ice and a fan.
Now with the aid of ways to help you stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses, and with God’s watchful eyes upon you, there’s no longer any need to fear the heat. So go out and enjoy your summer!
Lamentations 3:4 - He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones.
I lose my balance and slam into the wall.
Someone bumps into me.
I run into my bedpost when I wake up in the middle of the night.
The wind catches my open car door and drives it into my leg.
All of these can cause a bruise. For the healthy person a bruise isn’t a big deal. The skin changes as blood vessels beneath the skin break and blood pools in the damaged area. There is a certain amount of pain depending on how the damage was done. Normally a bruise disappears within a short time as the body absorbs the pooled blood.
However, with someone who bruises easily someone bumping into them can end up causing a bruise that goes deeper than just on the surface but to vessels further beneath the surface. And if the injured individual has a condition with their blood resulting in the increased bleeding, a bruise can take longer to heal.
Emedicinehealth.com discusses reasons for bruising in their article, “Bruises,” such as sun-damaged skin, thinning of the skin with age and a Vitamin C deficiency.
One method of treatment of bruising and other injuries that is popular and can be done at home is the R.I.C.E. treatment. Verywelll.com writes about this treatment in their article, “R.I.C.E. Treatment for Acute Musculoskeletal Injury.”
This treatment should be performed quickly after an injury to reduce swelling and pain an can be done at home. However, if your pain and swelling doesn’t go down after 48 hours, you should see your doctor.
God has created our bodies in unique ways to heal even if we are prone to bruising. He knows how we are made and will help us heal when we bruise.
Psalm 31:10 - My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
Your eyes fall upon the clock that’s hanging on the wall. It’s as if you can feel the sands of time slipping through your life with each tick of the clock.
But what is old age? Is it something to dread and be afraid of? It doesn’t have to be.
But as we grow older there are indeed things we dread.
It’s that pain that I’m writing about today. And that pain has a name – arthritis.
Arthritis is a medical condition which affects the joints causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. It can also affect other parts of the body as well.
There are over 100 types of arthritis. Read arthritis.org's article, “Sources of Arthritis Pain,” to find out some of the most frequent types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and what are the characteristics of each.
This is a long list and can be frightening to consider all of the symptoms one can experience by any number of types of arthritis.
So how is arthritis treated? Learn about types of therapy from arthritisresearchuk.org, in their article, “What are the Treatments for Arthritis?”
Whichever treatment your doctor should decide remember that just because you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis it doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up on all of the things that you used to enjoy doing. Taking care of your lifestyle, including exercise and a nutritious diet can go a long way in helping you live your life to the fullest. And know that God will walk right through your treatments and new life enhancement choices with you.
2 Chronicles 16:12 - In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians.
They vibrate and burn. They pulsate with pain. They feel like small needles pricking your feet. It’s painful to walk. It’s painful to stand and it’s even painful to sit with your feet down.
In other cases, your feet are numb but somehow still hurt.
It’s hard to distract yourself. You constantly change position. I’ve been known to place a pillow under my feet to cushion them.
Peripheral neuropathy is its name - one of the diseases that affect your feet. And if you have it, you know that something isn’t right with your body. For, even if it’s only your feet, it hurts all over.
Patient.info lists some of the symptoms such as the loss of ability to detect changes in temperature and tingling and numbness, in their article, “Peripheral Neuropathy.”
According to nerveremedyreviews.com in their article, “Top 5 Nerve Pain Supplements of 2017: Which Brand Thinks You’re Stupid?”, 20 million Americans suffer from some form of neuropathy. This happens when nerves transporting information to the brain and spine are damaged or diseased. This article also discusses the different types of peripheral neuropathy and what causes each kind. In addition, they list prescription medications and supplements which are used to treat peripheral neuropathy.
Find more information by selecting the link below. In addition to expanding on the material above it also includes methods and tests used to diagnose peripheral neuropathy.
Make sure, as the Bible verse above says, to not only check with your physician for help with neuropathy, but also God. He is the God of all wisdom and will help you make decisions for treatment, and bring you comfort through your pain.
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.