Playing With Fire: Seeing "Noncompliance" In A New Light - page 3

I guess it was meant to happen. Another failed experiment....another life lesson learned. Like most people in the healthcare professions, I make a lousy patient. I sometimes skip doctor visits and manipulate my medication... Read More

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    Quote from meljonumd
    This is the one that breaks my heart. I work on the "stroke floor" and I naturally see a lot of people come in with strokes because they couldn't afford their meds for a while. (not to be confused with the people who choose to not take their meds; I have a special speech for them).

    I personally understand the horrible choice it is some months too: co-pay or gas/food. Forget about the utilities (those turn off notices are just flirting messages! lol).

    However, working in the job that I do, I make the choice to make my health a priority.'s amazing how seeing the effects of poor health decisions can change one's point of view.

    Unfortunately, for some of us it takes a little more than that. With me, it took being diagnosed with diabetes in 2011 and bipolar illness in 2012 to make me straighten up and pay more attention to my health. Before these two events, I ate horribly, never exercised or moved around any more than I absolutely had to, skimped on sleep, and didn't take my blood-pressure meds regularly.

    But the way I figure it, when a person gets handed two devastating diagnoses within a year of each other, it's time to listen to what God and the universe are saying and DO SOMETHING. So I've been religious about my blood-pressure and DM medications, and (except for the experiment) I've stopped regarding my psych meds as a punishment for some long-forgotten sin. I don't eat compulsively anymore or drink much soda; I have an active job and do more around the house than I used to; I struggle with sleep but do my best to make sure I get at least 6 hours/night; I've forced myself out of the rat race and into a low-stress job.

    As a result, my weight's down over 60 the past year, and my blood pressures have dropped into the normal range for the first time in decades. Random blood sugars are in the 95-105 range. I can handle stress better, and my moods are steady. Yes, I have some chronic health issues that will have to be dealt with every day for the rest of my life, and I still have a vast amount of room for improvement in my habits. But overall I'm a whole lot better off than I was two years ago, and I didn't even have to go vegan or train for a marathon to get here.

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