Stupid Human Bodies!

United States
February 25, 2007 1:30pm CST
So, I haven't been around much. I've been having trouble with getting nutrients, which happens, and I'll spare you the fun details of passing out at 1 AM in the morning and needing an IV to stave off dehydration. Now I'm in bed, struggling with water and salt crackers, watching a Law and Order: SVU marathon. The thing is, I think a lot of people take their bodies and health for granted. Even I do, when I'm having my better days. It's easy to, really. Our bodies are always there. We've always been able to depend on them, more or less. Even those of us who have chronic problems, we know our limits and our little quirks and we know what our bodies are capable of. So when we take a turn for the worse, it can be crippling and disorienting. All it's taken to put me in a foul mood is one trip to the ER. Just one little dip in the sea of health and I'm cursing and grumbling and worse company than usual. I'm used to being able to rely on my body for certain things. When it lets me down, I get pissed. Almost like my body isn't actually a part of me - like when you're going through a rough patch in a relationship. Disassociation. Those few days where we claim to hate each other and refuse to cooperate. That's the real life-long partnership, you know. Mind and body. But all in all, it's not a bad body. Maybe a bit broken and slow and it doesn't move quite right, but it's mine. And we'll get over this little spat. I'm rambling. Have I mentioned I'm on medication? Doctors do like to dispense it like candy, don't they? But that's a rant for another day. I think I'll go back to patching things up with my misbehaving body. ;)
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18 responses
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I make sure to eat and drink plenty so something similar doesn't happen to me. I hope you're feeling better soon. You must have a laptop, if you are sending this from bed.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
I was eating and drinking plenty, it just wasn't doing me any good. :/ Thank you! Usually I have a laptop, but right now I've actually got a desktop creatively positioned so I can have the keyboard/mouse in bed and the monitor right next to my bed, so I can see it. It's temporary until I get my laptop fixed.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
Dang sorry to hear the body is in rebellion. I do hope you are feeling better soon. SVU is always good for a diversion when not feeling well. I work in an ER and I hate having to visit as a patient so I totally understand.
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I hope you get to feeling better soon. And that you have a good "Dr. Happy" in the meantime to give you whatever meds help you get back to 100%. It does suck when our bodies don't function as well as we want. I'm a lousy patient, on the whole... grousing and griping, and being generally ornery when I fall ill. Thankfully, it doesn't happen very often. Hope you and your body make up, soon.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I feel for you. Those days when we back slide are never fun and believe me I know it doesn't take much. Then when we feel better we have a tendency to over do, been there, done that, and then we pay for it big time. Try and get plenty of rest. That's the big thing to do. Then when you feel a bit better don't over do. I know you won't listen to that last part, none of us ever do, but I'll say it anyways. Just be careful and take care of yourself as much as you can.
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25 Feb 07
Hi hun, I hope you are feeling better real soon. Our bodies have an unfortunate tendancy to mess us up sometimes don't they.
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• Netherlands
27 Feb 07
Yes the relationship between the mind and body is not always a story book romance. I can certainly understand that point. Mine is the relationship between my two minds. The rational one and the irritating mean one. The mean one is usually louder than the other so I hear them fighting all the time. heh Sounds crazy but it isn't literal of course. Good to see you back, even if you are not 100% yet!
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@vega83 (6346)
• Bahrain
26 Feb 07
tell me about it. i've had stomach problems the past week, reason for my absence, not only am i on medication too, for 14 days, but i also had to conjure up a stool sample, which is not easy to accomplish, my friends, especially if you have stomach problem. Just when i conquered the common cold, i got another recurring problem, the stomach bug. Hurray!!
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
26 Feb 07
People do take their health and bodies for granted until sometime happens. I hate having what I call flare ups of my illness. It knocks me on my butt and I can't move for a few days. I wish I had your gift for putting things into words to explain how I feel. I think you are right about the diassociation between the body and mind. I am not kidding. Iam feeling well says body and we are going to do what I want to do. To bad that the body doesn't listen to the mind or we might be saved some grief later down the road. I hope you feel better in a few days and everything starts communicating like it should.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Welcome back. To see that you are well enough to rant again is a great sign of improvement. I can relate to being mad at your body for letting you down as I have been down that road many times myself. I was also watching the SVU marathon yesterday but mostly because I was too lazy to get out of bed to do anything else. I am actually looking forward to your rant about doctors soon.
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• India
26 Feb 07
hello....just relax.. dont worry that much eat with no tension.. do all minimal physical exercises... be happy thats it.. no tensions no worries!! then there will be no problem at all
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@lecanis (16739)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
26 Feb 07
I'd been wondering where you'd gone! Sorry to hear about your health problems. I understand what you're saying about feeling let down by your body. I have chronic health problems, but I'm used to knowing exactly what I can do and not do, and when I get sick it totally throws me off. Right now I just can't seem to get over the flu, even though I'm taking medication for it, and I keep thinking "Most people would just be over this by now, but my dumb immune system..." Maybe I don't give my body enough credit for still working at all these days after all it's been through. =p Hope you get feeling better, and we see you around much more! I miss your wit!
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• India
26 Feb 07
really we People thake our bodies for granted and seldom care for our health unless pressured to do so from some intelligent people of the species. we really are careless sometimes.... Lazines is a big problem and other things as well put a lot of hindrance in our way to taking care of our health, Actually we give a lot of priorty to other things than us ourselvs. Like me hear... iam sometimes so lazy that i will keep on sitting at one place dying from thirst but just won't get up and out of my room to get myself a glass of water. And people take pleasure in such hazardous eating and drinking habbits without thinking about what problem it may cause, Just caring about the momentry pleasure. Anyways... you take care and GET WELL SOON.
• United States
26 Feb 07
Well, you certainly do take your ailments better than most. To be honest, I'm a whiner. Kudos to you and your hootspa!
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
28 Feb 07
OH I know hwat you mean. We had a couple of really nice days here, so I worked in a classroom with some autistic middle schoolers. My pain was controlled, the sun was out, I was feeling so capable anad hopeful. At the end of yesterday I was really looking forward to getting a couple more days in working with the kids. I woke at 3 am with that telltale burning sensation starting fron just beloe my skul and down under my shoulder blade. The barometric pressure had changed, it was getting ready to snow, I had to call and reliquish the day I had planned in hopes that the other 2 paras on call would be able to go in. Tears come easily when this happens. Not weepy deression but the pain climbs faster than your nervous system can stay ahead...eyes water uncontrollably....like when you are slapped or get hit in the nose. My week working outside of the house is over. It took 4 hours to get to the point where moving my right arms didn't make me gasp for breath. I understand your feelings.
@not4me (1713)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I hope you feel better soon! About 4 years ago a chiropractor messed my back up. I already had degenerative disc disease at a very early age but he was able to give me two herniated discs and some other issue with my lumbar spine to the point that I've literally been in pain every day for the past 4 years. Sometimes I have a relapse where I'm in bed for 2 weeks because I can't stand taller than a 100 degree angle. Being a former Marine who was in for 8 years and never once felt a twitch of pain, I totally took my body for granted. I'm able to exercise as long as I don't stick to one method for too long. I managed to run a mile without stopping back in October but I had another setback. Another one of my new problems is misalignment so my knees get messed up thanks to my back. I'm not giving up though. I plan on getting back into good shape while I'm still young.
@avs189 (1031)
• India
26 Feb 07
I guess really nice way to patch up my body...really hats of to u for way u display ur pain with sense of humour with ease..as far body is concerned it doesnt spare even those who keep gr8 care of it..even those sometimes have health problems...its justthat i feel body responds to u but one doesnt notice it,,,when it finally agravates all make run and land up with huge list of wacky meds ..jsut to make them land nowhere but for the cost of few extra dollars....
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Sorry to hear you're having some problems. I feel a little guilty here since I am one of those who generally takes extreme good health for granted. When I'm having serious problems elsewhere in my life, I try mentally to remind myself that at least I am healthy. But that little inner voice shoots back with "Big Deal". Truth is, it is a big deal, a very big deal....Hope you're back to normal and posting away again real soon.
@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Chick, I know what you mean. I had a so-so weekend body wise with my MS. But this morning I had to get a co-worker to help me with my watch. My fine motor skills aren't working so good right now. You never think about your health until you don't have it. Make peace with your body. It's the only one you have!