I’ve been very aware of my body for a very long time. I know that many of you will say, “Well of course you know your body, what’s new?” Well the truth is, and those of you with an illness I’m sure will concur, when you have an illness you have a new and intensified intimacy with your body, inside and out.
There are times when simple little things may turn in to big things. While I was away, working out-of-state, I noticed that the amount of gum I was chewing had increased sharply. You may be laughing at this point asking why chewing gum implies a symptom or illness. Well to tell you the truth, I didn’t think about it for a couple of months. When I returned home I began to wonder, much more focused, about what this could mean.
As I began to ponder what this might mean to my health it occurred to me that maybe I was chewing gum because I was thirsty. As I began to explore this as a symptom I began to wonder about diabetes. My maternal family has a long-standing history of diabetes. My mother was diagnosed about four years ago with diabetes and began insulin injections a few months ago.
It was time for my annual lab tests checking my liver function and lipid panel. When I called the nurse in the dermatology, I asked if it were possible for her to add a glucose test to the panel. I was hoping she would be able to add this test instead of sending me to my primary care physician for this non-dermatology related lab test. She did add this to my lab order.
I had the tests done and not only was my lipid panel great, my glucose level was right in the middle of the normal range. Obviously these results were great relief and one of those moments when I followed up an inkling in my body. Having this knowledge of my body, my family history, and an knowledge of common illness symptoms helps as I move through life as a person with a long-standing health challenge. My hope was not to add to the list of diagnoses on my medical chart.
How well do you know your body? How much do you know about your family medical history? Are you attuned to your body and do you notice subtle changes in your physical being? These are important on your journey to health and healing!