Saturday, March 12, 2011

Do NOT Worry

It's been a stressful week around here.  After some hospital tests and not great results, my husband had to go back for more testing yesterday.  Of course, whenever your medical reports show problems, it is only natural to worry - and worry we all did.  Thankfully though, after yesterday's results, his health problem was caused by something very easy to remedy.  Apparently he was taking too many meds to control pain - they were over the counter meds. 

Lessons learned here after this week's anxiety are:

Don't take over the counter meds until you check with your oncologist or doctor first.  We have called upon his oncologist so many times in the past for major events and this time to be honest it really didn't even occur to me to give him a call, as my husband's pain condition did not seem to be something I should contact our oncologist about.  Apparently, if we had called him right away, then he would have prescribed the correct medication or ordered the correct tests and things would have cleared up much faster.  My husband was taking over the counter meds that we had here at home along with a couple of others that he recently purchased and thought they would definitely help.  Wrong thing to do! 

-  Another lesson that I have learned or at least will "try" to keep refreshed in my mind is Not To Worry until we know what the problem is.  It's only natural of course to worry with stressful happenings around here most of the time.  Seems as caregiver, we are the ones who take the most worry.  We try to shield those we love from thinking the worse and we have learned all the tricks and the trades to do this, but in the end we are the ones who feel the emotional stress on a personal level.  Not good for your health at all - so today I'm destressing, or at least going to try my best to, as today's song says,  DON'T WORRY- BE HAPPY!

Look at the birds of the air
   They do not sow or reap or store away in barns
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
   Are you not much more valuable than they?
                                               Matthew 6:26


karen in ottawa canada said...

Hi Deb & Willard,
Sorry to hear you've been having a rough go of it - but so glad to hear it's turned around. How typical of us eh - wondering if we should bother our oncologists with 'little stuff'. Lesson learned for all of us - it never hurts to ask - better safe than sorry - they can always say this doesn't seem to be cancer related so please go to your family doc for help. Never assume eh! I'll be seeing my onc Apr 27 for my next 'check up' - but hope to see my family doc before that to check out a couple of nagging aches & pains that I hope are nothing more than my body responding to my 3x/week exercise sessions at Curves!
Hugs to you both! Think of you often.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we don't always take the right approach to taking care of our health. Happy to hear your husband is on the road to feeling better.

Meya said...

Easier said than done Deb.