Ezekiel 34:16 - I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
Have you suffered an injury and thought, “If only I’d been paying more attention to what I was doing?”
Maybe, maybe, maybe …
You can examine every detail over and over, but to keep focusing on what you might have been able to do doesn’t change what happened. There is something you can do, though – be more aware of your surroundings and what you are doing.
These four ways are known to most people, but what about watching your surroundings to help you stay well and free of accidents?
As you read through the list you may have found ways that you’re not being careful, which could mean, that it was your fault when you got hurt or sick recently. Try not to be too hard on yourself. It’s not too late to learn new ways to prevent accidents. Washingtonnational.com has some tips on prevention in their article, “A Guide to Preventing Accidents at Home and in the Workplace."
One way is to manage your meds. If you take prescription or over-the-counter drugs ask your doctor and pharmacist about possible side effects, because they can alter your coordination, alertness and judgment. In addition, people of all ages are injured or die from falls. Be sure to check your vision regularly. Poor eyesight can lead to a fall.
Being more aware can make it less likely that you are injured or become sick and will help you see that not all of these circumstances are your fault. Be sure that God will bind up any injury you’ve experienced, and will strengthen you when you are sick. Also, remember that he’s not as judgmental and hard on us as we are on ourselves. I guarantee that he is a merciful God and will be with us no matter what.
Psalm 46:5 - God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
There are things in life that you don’t have much control over – serious illnesses such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, strep throat just to name a few. Thankfully there are medications that can help each of these issues, especially when you had no control over getting them in the first place.
There are other medical issues that you can control and sometimes even eliminate. Take for example catching the flu. It is hard to protect yourself during flu season but there are things that you can do to avoid getting sick such as improving you immune system by eating foods high in vitamin C, getting enough sleep, and even exercising.
And there is another – Falling. Sometimes we can’t prevent a fall, but we can know what to do as you’re falling to prevent injury to your body.
But no matter how you try sometimes a fall happens. Is there something more you can do to make a fall less traumatic to the body? Yes, there is.
Smartcellsusa.com has an article on their website entitled, “How-to Fall Safely to Reduce Fall Related Injuries,” which provides suggestions you can take to reduce your injuries, such as how to safely fall forward, sideways and backwards. Then instead of falling and breaking your arm or leg, you will break your fall.
Remember that God is with you as you start to fall and if you fall. He will safely guard you so that you don’t fall or at least not as often.
Jeremiah 17:14 - Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Traffic was light that morning. Usually the woman had to battle people diving in and out of the lanes traveling north, but that day there was no one swerving in and out of traffic. There was a good reason. It had been raining hard overnight and into the morning.
She gripped the steering wheel tighter and kept her eyes alert for danger. Then, out of the corning of her eye she saw him. His front tires almost looked like they were floating on top of the water and he wasn’t compensating for this hazard, but kept going faster than the speed limit.
“Perhaps he was late for work,” she’d thought. “Or perhaps he just isn’t paying attention to how hard the rain was falling.”
And then it happened – He lost control of his car and though the woman reacted by moving over to the lane to her left, it wasn’t enough.
It all happened in slow motion for her. His tires skidding. Then the sound of grinding mental and her car spun around in a circle then landed in the opposite lane of traffic.
She heard another crash. Then, nothing.
The woman didn’t remember much about the accident. She only remembered the sounds and feeling crushing pain shoot through her arm and leg.
When she had regained consciousness, she was in the recovery room of a hospital. Evidently, she learned later, surgery had been performed to piece together her arm with a plate and screws, and her leg had also received several screws to hold the bones in place.
Physical therapy lasted for months, as her body attempted to heal itself. But the doctors were optimistic that she would be able to use her arm and leg normally within the next six months after.
The pain was harsh and came in waves. She grabbed her leg and rubbed her hand over the area of her leg that had been damaged. The doctors had said she’d regain use of the leg, and they had been right, but they hadn’t been right about how long it would take for the pain to go away.
Time passed, and it had been over a year since the accident. Her pain was then diagnosed as a chronic pain condition. Something the doctors said that she would probably deal with the rest of her life.
Though this story is fictional, it is a story that has been repeated in many individuals’ lives. What starts out as a car accident or injury at work can turn into a chronic pain condition, as somewhere along the way the healing process does not include healing the pain.
Is there anything you can do after a car accident to speed up the healing process and perhaps avoid developing a chronic pain condition? Yes there is!
In the article, “The First 72 Hours: 10 Simple Things That can Help You Heal,” on drmaud.com, you will find what to do in the first seventy-two hours after a car accident to help you heal, such as a method to reduce pain and inflammation and what to do after the sudden shock of an accident.
And remember, God will be with you as you do the best you can to aid your healing process. With the right care, you will have a better chance of healing from an accident and reduce the risk of the injury turning into a chronic pain condition.
Hebrews 12:12-13 - Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
You’re at a soccer match when your son reaches down for his leg and a gasp escapes his lips. The coach calls a time out as your son limps slowly off the field.
So what do you do now? Should he just rest for the duration of the game or should you take him to the emergency room to be checked out? And was this a sprain or a strain?
Knowing which type of injury your son has experienced will tell what kind of medical attention he needs or if he doesn’t need any at all.
To help us understand what to do in a situation like this whether it is your son or when you’ve injured yourself, you must understand the different types of injuries.
A sprain is an overstretched or torn ligament. A strain is an overstretched or torn muscles or tendons. Learn more about the differences, common causes and how to treat both a sprain or a strain by reading the article, “Is it a Sprain or a Strain? Tips for Identification,” on healthline.com.
Now that you know the difference between sprains and strains and what to look for you’ll be better able to determine what the best course of action will be to treat them. Also, as the Bible verse above states, it’s important to strengthen weak parts of your body through stretching and exercise so that you’ll have a better chance of avoiding becoming disabled and instead find healing.
Proverbs 2:6 - For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Remember when you watched the smile and excitement form on your child’s face and she took one little foot and stuck it out in front of the other. She wobbled a bit and then that foot was planted on the ground. Everyone in the room cheered. Her first step!
Go forward a couple of years where your child is trying their limits. You’re in the kitchen and you hear a crash. You run to the living room only to find your two-year old on the floor crying and her older sibling saying, “We were only jumping off the couch.”
As you examine your two-year old you notice a bump rising. You lift her up and go with your two-year old and her brother to the emergency room. After a couple of x-rays you discover that nothing was broken and that your child only has a light concussion. “This time,” you think to yourself. Then you remember how your older child “tested the waters” of what he could do and the times you ended up in the emergency room with him.
What you did after your two-year old child was absolutely necessary. Now, I’m not a doctor or in any medical profession, so my advice is to do what I do: Don’t hesitate with any kind of head injury and take your child to your doctor or the emergency room, especially for babies or small children. Head injuries are nothing to mess with. This rule should also go for adults when they take a fall or hit their head.
You'll find symptoms of possible intracranial injury in both children and adults, plus detailed descriptions of head injuries, types, what areas of the brain are affected and what to look for in the article, "How to Know When Head Injuries are Serious," on nymetroparents.com.
When making decisions about when to take an adult or child for medical attention after a head injury, it can be difficult. When in doubt, take the injured person to be checked out. Also, remember that God can give you the wisdom you need for such a decision.
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.
Proverbs 2:8 - For he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
There are several different sides to the word, “guard”.
You can guard your heart and only share it with someone who will treat you with love and respect.
You can guard your lips from speaking unkind words.
You can guard your life by avoiding dangerous situations.
You can guard your home by installing locks and putting in a security system.
You can guard your job by completing tasks on time and honoring your superiors.
You can guard your reputation by using discretion at all times.
You can guard your freedom by keeping society’s laws.
However, there is a bad kind of guarding and it happens frequently to those with chronic pain – guarding your muscles and posture from reinjuring yourself. This may seem like a good thing, however, by guarding you keep your muscles so tight that you can barely move.
What you are using as a protective measure can lead to increased pain.
Take a look at a statement from somatics.com, in their article, “Might You be Strengthening Your Pain?” that might help us better understand what’s going on.
So what can we do to reverse the painful cycle? Find some suggestions for releasing muscles that are guarded from stridestrong.com in their article, “Muscle Spasms.”
Here are some stretching exercises you can do at home to help with muscle pain and stress:
It will take some time to help the cycle of guarding your muscles and joints to subside, but releasing them will help you return to a more active lifestyle - One in which you aren’t guarding and thus decreasing your pain.
In addition, let God be the one who guards and protects your injury. He will protect your way and will be faithful to help you have wisdom as you move through each day.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 - The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
According to osha.gov, in their article, “Injury and Illness Prevention Programs White Paper,” every year, more than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
So why are there so many injuries?
What can be done? Being proactive is the key. Many employers are now creating prevention programs to help cut down on these numbers. You may have even seen recommendations posted in or near a break room or main office at your work places.
In a previous post, I discussed how we can reduce injury not only at work, but also at home. The important thing to remember is to think about and plan your work ahead of time. Most of us are in such a hurry that we forget to be careful and end up getting injured.
There are two things that factor into protection against injury. They are patience and pride.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. When it comes to a project at work or at home, we can often become impatient when we or someone else isn’t working fast enough.
It can be very annoying when someone or something is blocking you from finishing a project. It’s like you only have one piece of the puzzle to have it completed only to find out someone else is holding onto that piece. You’re trying to work as quickly as you can, but you can’t seem to motivate the other person to hurry up.
Or perhaps it is you who is holding back a project’s completion. We often begin to work faster at finding the solution only to make mistakes along the way, because we’re not paying attention and then an injury happens.
Here’s a tip I try to remember myself – when I’m stuck or running out of time, I stand up, walk away from the project then return a few minutes later. Even just a few minutes of break is often all I needed to see a new side of a situation and find the answer I was looking for. Yes, patience is important.
The second thing that can block our way is pride.
Somehow you believe that you don’t need anyone else’s help. So you run into a complicated part of a project which you’ve never done before and are delayed because you’re just not willing to ask someone for help. This is especially dangerous on the job, because you might lift something that’s too heavy for one person and end up hurting yourself.
Here’s a tip – you can still feel good about completing a project with someone else’s help. Sure, that might get part of the recognition, but it can be an example to others showing that getting help can increase productivity. When you don’t risk becoming injured that can also be an example to others to reach for help when needed.
And that’s part of what the Bible verse above is talking about. It’s the end that can be a source of pride when you exercised patience to complete it and remained uninjured.
Select the link below and find more ways to keep job-related injuries “off your back.”
Ezekiel 34:16a - I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
Sit up straight. Isn’t that what your mother or your teacher told you all your life? Though they didn’t worry about work-related accidents or chronic pain when they said it, little did they know just how good that advice was.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), in their article, “OSHA Technical Manual,” reported that every year more than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
Back and neck problems are seldom caused by a single injury. An activity is done the same way over and over, and then one event happens and you can’t bounce back from it.
That’s why, you’ve heard of stories of people rupturing a disc just by slipping on the bathroom floor or tripping over the sidewalk. The disc was already being slowly injured by doing things incorrectly. And then one more thing hit, the straw in the proverbial camel’s back, and the disc herniated.
Find some tips from American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website in their article, “Tips to Prevent Back Pain,” to help reduce your risk of back pain and injury such as positioning the person or object your are lifting close to your body before lifting.
Even if an injury happens and it becomes chronic pain, as it did in my case, remember the verse above. God pursues us in our injuries. He will bind up your injury and strengthen the weak areas of your life including your body. Don’t lose hope and don’t forget to be wise and careful as you walk through your week.
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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.