Proverbs 15:30 - A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
You have a dilemma. You’re coming up on the date of an important surgery. You’re following all of your doctor’s instructions leading up to it. But there is something else to consider – Would it be a risk for me to be around other people because it’s the flu season? Should I stay at home as much as possible?
Many people during the flu season use common sense and stay home when they have the flu. But others, carrying their coughs and all, go shopping, visit with family or go to church even if they’re still sick.
But do they? I know that some of you will be angry with me, because if they stay home they don’t get paid and that means no money for bills. This is true, but what if there is someone in the desk next to you that has a lower immune system and is at risk of getting sick, also?
Back to our question concerning surgery, so here you are trying to stay well for your surgery, because many times a surgery has to be canceled because you are ill. You’re at work and keep hearing the man on the other side of the cubical repeatedly coughing and blowing him nose. You edge your chair as far away from him as you can, but you know his germs can still find you.
And as far as shopping or going to church, should you venture out and risk exposure in these situations as well? Probably not.
But here’s the rub – Why should you have to be the one who misses work, even before your surgery date? Why should you be “punished” when someone else brings germs with them?
Realize you’re not being “punished.” You just have to be aware of your surroundings when you go out.
For suggestions on how to protect yourself from becoming sick before you have surgery take a look at what doctors and nurses do in the article, “12 Ways Doctors and Nurses Keep From Getting Sick.” Their suggestions include some unusual ones including carrying your own pen with you so that you know no one else has touched it, and hold your breath and don’t inhale deeply if you’re near someone who is sneezing and coughing.
In addition to the suggestions in the article above, take a look at what the Bible verse above says. As hard as it may be when facing a surgery, focus on the positive aspects such as getting the chance to have a surgery that may improve your health. This is indeed good news and can help bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face. It can also help keep you healthy.
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.