Thankful for My Health
Even Though it’s Not Perfect
Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring a Thanks Giving challenge over 12 days, November 12th through Thanksgiving Day November 23rd, for us to share what we are thankful for! And there are bonus points for each of the 12 posts, whether you do 1 or all 12 (1 per day max gets bonus points)! No doubt we all have many things we are thankful for, so let’s share them. They will be fun and inspiring for us to read!
One of the things that’s easy to be thankful for is my health, even though at this stage of my life it is far from perfect. I have a fair amount of energy, work and play for hours without much trouble, and while I like my sleep when needed I can stay up late and get up early.
My cholesterol level has been normal until the last couple of years when it has bounced around a bit – my Mom has high cholesterol so no doubt that has an impact since I eat a pretty healthy diet other than my sweet tooth. But at the moment it’s in the normal range and I will manage via exercise and diet…not meds!!
I have had neck and back issues for decades as the result of curves in my spine and neck, and there are periods of pain, sometimes significant. I’ve been seeing chiropractors for years, which helps keep things loose and as adjusted as they can get. I don’t let it curtail my life activities and try to ignore it as best I can when things act up. And I don’t take pain meds unless it’s essential and then only Ibuprofen.
It’s been 3 years since my fall on the stairs right before Christmas 2014 and I have been able to avoid surgery for the various tears in my shoulder. Of course it’s the right one - my favored arm! I try to be careful about lifting, but with grandkids I am not as good about that as I should be, but it’s worth a little discomfort!! I expect at some point the pain will worsen and the ortho surgeon will say it’s time to go under the knife!
The thyroid levels are now normal, with daily meds, since surgery in early 2015 and no noticeable side effects. Yay!
I know a fair number of people who have significant health issues, and have lost a number of friends and family members to cancer and other illnesses in the last several years, so I am pretty darn thankful for the cards I’ve been dealt, so far.