Psalm 27:3 - Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
As you sit in your doctor’s office, you try to pay attention to what the doctor is saying, but he lost you when he informed you that he was going to put you on a new medication.
To most people this may not be a big deal. But for those who suffer from a chronic illness it can mean a change in their lifestyle.
A new medication isn’t just worrying about side effects. We all know there will be some. All medications come with a price. Not just a financial one, but how they interact with your body. They can add to the negative effects of other medications you are taking. For example:
This is just to name a few. All of these possible negative effects can cause someone who is already on many medications due to battling several health conditions to fear adding one more medication to the list.
There is also the judgment factor. People who know you’re already taking a boat load of medications may question you being prescribed more medications even if you explain to them that they are necessary.
And who would want to take multiple medications on purpose?
So how do we let go of our fears of the affects medications have on us? Psychologytoday.com in their article, “The Side Effects of Drugs: A Strategy,” talks about the fear of side effects new prescription medications may have on us and how to let go of this fear and realize that side-effects are not a reason to avoid taking the drug.
Having learned from the article above about medication fears and with the help of a patient doctor, we can start the new medication with confidence.
In addition, take a look at the Bible verse above which was about David being surrounded by the enemy, yet he didn’t let fear take hold of his heart. He was confident that even though war had broken out, he knew that God would be his protector. We can also be confident that God will be our protector from excessive fear when starting a new medication.
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.
2 Chronicles 20:15 - He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.
With any medication that you take there is always a side effect. Some side effects can be slight while others are serious enough to need medical attention.
With the flu season upon us, are there any serious side effects for those suffering from chronic pain or an illness from being vaccinated for the flu? And are the negative effects worth the benefit?
First let's take a look at the positive effects of getting the flu shot according to cdc.gov/flu, in their article, “What are the Benefits of Flu Vaccination?” such as reducing the risk of flu-associated hospitalization.
Please remember – before taking any shot or starting a new medication be certain to speak to your doctor first. And, if you do get the shot please let your doctor know or get to the emergency room of your local hospital if you find yourself having a severe reaction.
Let's take a look at the negative side effects of the flu vaccination on accineinjuryhelpcenter.com in their article, "Flu Vaccine Guillian Barre, CIDP And Disabling Nerve Conditions," such as numbness in hands and feet and weakness.
After you weigh the pros and cons of getting the flu shot, whether you decide to get the shot or not, remember you don’t have to battle the flu season alone. Ultimately all of our battles belong to the Lord including this one. If you get sick, God will comfort you. If you stay well then you’ll know that you didn’t stay free from sickness alone. The Lord was right there with you.
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.