Hello again; I am happy to have heard from so many people who are either in good health or who have promised to take steps to make sure after reading last week’s post. I do believe that good health is critical to your long term success at anything. So, I wanted to follow up by addressing other aspects of good health.
It is pretty well known that I am almost totally blind. I have a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa. I have only light perception at this point. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to worry about eye health.
In fact I was surprised to find out that having your eyes checked is another way that your doctor’s can recognize disease early. In my case my last eye exam turned up large cataracts on both eyes. I was thinking big deal I can’t see anyway.
But the doctor, who I don’t remember; said that they would eventually have to come off. He explained to me that even though there would be no improvement in my vision that eventually these cataracts would start to put pressure on the eye. He said the pain would get to the point that I would have no choice but to have them removed. He told me to expect it to happen in a couple of years at the outside. He did also tell me that my optic nerves seemed to be just fine. He suggested that other than my retina my eyes were in good condition should I want to explore any experimental treatments.
We then discussed the current available ones. I told him that I didn’t believe the electronic implants gave a sufficient amount of vision improvement to warrant the risk of surgery. I also told him that at last word the retinal cell replacement trials in Kentucky had been successful but had run out of funds. Like many blind people, I am always hoping for a break through and follow the current research.
And after years of neglect I finally saw a dentist. I went to the Woods Dental Clinic. I was surprised to find out that I wasn’t as bad off as I thought I was.
They started by taking a complete set of x-rays. Then, they started by doing a deep cleaning of my gums to begin treating a deep infection. This was done with lasers, and I was under anesthesia at the time.
Next, they followed that up with additional cleanings every three months. They had scheduled me for some fillings but the plans were thrown out the window by me having to have a wisdom tooth pulled. They managed to save the tooth next door but I did get my last two wisdom teeth pulled.
Its the first time in my life I can remember using the pain prescription given to me by a doctor. My dad was a big anti drug anti drinking kind of guy. He never took any medicines he didn’t have to either. Funny how much pain our teeth can cause us. And there is some research saying poor dental care can lead to infections traveling to other parts of the body.
The only other topic I want to cover has to do with the health of our pets. Our four legged friends do a lot to help us maintain our mental well being. They are our friends and give unconditional love. So, do you make sure they have their regular check ups?
We had been good about getting our dog penny her shots, but we were perplexed when she seemed to have developed a tumor on her belly. This was made worse by the fact that penny doesn’t have any doggie insurance or a regular vet. We always just took her down to the pet smart.
This time we were told that it would cost over $500 to get her fixed up. She had started to bleed from the lesion, so we knew we had to do something. My brother looked online and found a foundation called palm to paws. They help people who love their pets but don’t have a lot of money to care for them.
They diagnosed penny with a skin tag. They removed it from her, updated her shots, gave her an injection for fleas, and included her antibiotics for about $200. We were so happy to find them. And I am even happier to have my buddy penny back home and happy again.
I wanted to share all this for two reasons. One, I wanted to let people know about the CLL and that I am okay. It is not immediately threatening, and with my positive outlook on life; it never will be. The other reason behind this post was to get you thinking about your own health. As bloggers and business owners we all work too hard. Most of us do two or three things at once. Many of us don’t get enough sleep or rest. We eat poorly if at all. We stress over is our site ever going to get traffic receive comments, or make money. And many of us neglect our health.
The down side to all of this is that by not maintaining our bodies we are making it even harder for us to succeed. If you are physically run down, you are not at your best mentally or emotionally. You can’t come up with creative solutions or find the energy to execute them if you are dragging through your day.
Challenging you to do better
So, I want to challenge you. I want you to make your health a priority. I want you to put it on a level equal to your family and business. And if your spouse and kids see you making the effort, they will too.
Talk to your doctor
I want you to commit to making an appointment with your primary care physician for a real check up. Don’t just go through the motions or show up to get your flu shot. Talk to your doctor. If they nag you about something, ask them for suggestions on how to take action to make the necessary improvements. When they give you test results, ask questions and make sure you understand the answers. And if you don’t have a regular doctor, please take whatever steps you can to find one.
Get your rest
I want you to think about the amount of rest you are getting. Are you sleeping soundly? Has your wife or girl friend nagged you about your snoring? I posed the question that way because this is something more likely to be a problem with men than women. A sleep study is a painless procedure. You spend two nights in what seems like a motel room hooked up to monitors. And using CPAP or BIPAP machines is no big deal.
I want you to think about your diet. I’m not here to tell you to go vegan or even cut out all the fun stuff. The main reason I won’t tell you that is it doesn’t work. I will say to ask yourself if you could do better. Consider such simple things as drinking more water, cutting down or eliminating caffeine, eating smaller portions, and trying to avoid eating when you aren’t physically hungry. And given our modern lifestyles, a daily multi vitamin or calcium supplement would be a good addition.
One at a time
I know I just mentioned a whole laundry list of things to do. I don’t expect you to do them all at once because that doesn’t work either. Just like building a business or starting a blog, you have to make small changes. Pick one of these and do it for a week or a month. Then pick another and repeat. And if it helps, this is how I lost over 80 pounds during the run up to having gastric surgery. Its also how I have managed to make so much progress afterwards. And i am here for you. If you need someone to bounce ideas off of, or you want someone to hold you accountable; I’d be happy to help you along the way.
Well, in spite of the Cll I am in the best health of my life. I am at my ideal weight, and all my other test have come back normal or better than normal. Dr. Scarborough said my cholesterol is the best he’s ever seen for someone not on medicine for lowering it. Most importantly i have a positive outlook on life. I see nothing but bluer skies and greener grass in front of me. I want that for you too. I firmly believe that good physical health and well being leads to success in all other areas of your life including your business and your blog.
Sharing is caring
Well, this is the point where I usually ask you to share my post. And I would love you to do that. But this time I don’t want you to do it for me. I don’t want you to do it to support a friend’s blog.I want you to do it because I know there are a lot of people out there struggling with maintaining a healthy balance between work, family life, and physical well being. I think this post could help remind them of what’s important. If a business person is convinced that poor health is costing him money and effecting his productivity, he will most likely take action to change things. And I know before I started down this road I had no ambition and couldn’t find the energy to see a better day much less do anything to move towards it.
I recently started charging for my coaching sessions. I believe I have a lot to offer to those who are ready to change their lives. However, I am still in the beginning of my practice, and I could use any support that I can get. My friend and sometimes editor Lorraine Reguly says that I should end every post with a reminder about the donate button. I’m not sure about every time, but this post feels like a good fit for it. Another way you can show your appreciation besides leaving comments or sharing on social media would be with a small contribution.
Well, I love hearing from my readers. If you have a question about any of this, or if you just want to get to know me better; then by all means send me an email via the contact form. I answer all my mail and reply to all the comments. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks and take care out there, Max