Isaiah 38:8 – “I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.
Here we are again. It’s that time of the year when the fall season brings with it a time change. We fall back in autumn one hour each day; and our bodies, at least for a while, go through some changes.
So we do we change the clocks each year? Originally it was meant to provide more hours of daylight to work longer days. However, not everyone was happy about the change and many countries and even individual states in the U.S. who still have not chosen to take part in Daylight Savings Time.
Some of the reasons also were because of traveling from areas under Daylight Savings and to those not observing it. It also affects people who have to clock in and out at work because of the change affects the hours.
In addition, there are ways that our bodies are affected, such as sleep patterns disrupted. Learn more about the affects in the article, “Your Health and Daylight Saving Time,” on timeanddate.com.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. Even God moved time back by ten steps (hours), on one day, so there was more time for Joshua and the Israelites to fight a battle with their enemies. God knows how our bodies work and is able to help us adjust with each change of time, whether it was to fight this battle, or for us in the spring and fall.
Psalm 149:4 - For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
Your hands shake.
Your blood pressure is elevated.
You feel your heart beat racing through your body wanting to escape what is to come.
And what is coming? Another pain flare-up.
Sometimes there are ways in which we can make our pain worse like doing too much. However, chronic health conditions including pain can often attack when least expected. In your mind, it comes when it wants to and hurts you as it wants to.
In this case, you may find you’ve developed a victim mentality.
Here are a couple of other ways to think of victim mentality:
Victim mentality is an acquired personality trait in which a person believes that chronic pain is a force in itself as an abuser and we’re the victim of the negative actions of pain, and we behave as if this were the case in the face of clear evidence such as evidence of medical upheaval on our bodies.
The habitual or characteristic mental attitude that you’re being harmed, injured, tricked or duped by a medical condition constantly attacking you.
The mental attitude that you are helpless in the face of misfortune or ill-treatment.
These then determine how you will interpret and respond to situations especially when it concerns your well-being.
We can feel helpless and see ourselves as being chained to our circumstances. We may also see chronic pain itself as the abuser tearing apart our body.
We can begin to feel out of control of our health in a similar way as a victim of abuse may feel out of control of their life.
So how do we break free from a victim mentality of our health conditions? The article, “Victim or Victor?”, on healthcentral.com shows us we must take back the control we've allowed our health to take over.
As we have seen, just because you have pain doesn’t mean you have to be a victim of it. Take control of your attitude, actions, healthcare and ultimately your life.
And remember, God delights in you and in your efforts. He will bring you the victory that you are working toward, so don’t give up. The end result of your efforts will be that you are no longer a victim and you’ve become the victor.
Proverbs 19:20 - Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
If you’ve battled chronic pain or an illness for any length of time, I think you’ll agree that it can be difficult to keep track of all of the doctor visits, procedures, tests and prescription medications you take.
One way to make life a bit easier is to keep track of them in a notebook. Buy one that has dividers and pockets. Have a divider for each physician you see and one for test results.
Take your notebook with you whenever you have a medical appointment. Bring someone with you who can take notes during the office or hospital visit. This way you can see what types of medical interventions you have had in the past and also review the notes taken after the appointment just in case you forget something that was discussed. Your doctor will appreciate that you are taking an active role in your care. In addition, your notebook can be a place where you write down any questions you have to ask your physician at your next appointment.
In addition, create a “cheat sheet” of all of your medical information on one page. You can include such areas as your name, address, phone number, primary physician, preferred pharmacy, prescription drugs and allergies, surgeries and diagnosed medical conditions.
This is helpful when you have to fill out an update at your doctor’s office or when seeing a new physician. The “cheat sheet” is also important to have when walking into an emergency room. You won’t feel like trying to remember all of the information they ask you, and you will be able to hand them your cheat sheet for them to make a copy of. Make sure you keep your notebook and “cheat sheet” up to date.
Take a look at other tips to ensure an effective doctor’s appointment in the article, “Tips to Ensure an Effective Doctor Appointment,” on thecarenavigator.com.
By staying organized and prepared for your medical appointments they can become more productive. And as the Bible verse above says, listen to advice and you will be counted among the wise. By taking the extra time to be prepared and by keeping your records up-to-date, you will also ease some of your anxiety over medical treatment.
Choose the link below to find a short video from Consumer Reports, “What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew,” along with their article on what patients could do to get the most out of their relationship with their doctors.
Proverbs 27:7 - One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
You’re sitting in a booth at your favorite restaurant when your waitress asks you if you’d like some coffee. “Yes,” you say as she pours you a cup of decaf coffee.
Now comes a question: You look over to the small, clear plastic box that’s sitting on your table next to the window and you ask yourself, “Should I use sugar or a substitute?”
For years people have been debating the advantages and disadvantages of these two choices. Too much sugar and you might develop diabetes, but too much artificial sweetener can also be detrimental to your health.
Let’s do a little of our own research and see if you will use one lump or two; or, one packet or two.
Choose the button here to watch a video which appeared on Good Morning America:
Now that you’ve gotten a little bit more information on whether sugar or a substitute is better and which choice is the best for you, consider the verse above. It’s important to realize that consuming too much of a sweetener can cause your body to loathe it. So as they say, “Do everything with moderation.”
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.