There are times in life when your health may be a challenge. Daily tasks that were once simple can feel crippling under the pressure of disease or trauma. You make choices that impact your health every day. From what you eat to where you sit on your lunch break, many factors affect your overall wellness. If you’ve recently suffered from a scary health condition, then it’s important to remember that there is life after recovery. These five health scares are enough to make you reconsider your habits. Read on to learn how to cope and recover.
1. Broken Bones
Nothing proves your frailty as a human quite like the fragility of the very thing that holds you together. Breaking a bone can be an extremely painful and sometimes life threatening experience. Since it’s more typical for children to break bones, it’s no surprise that some of the most traumatic events, such as car accidents, often are what results in broken bones for adults. There are two main types of broken bones or fractures:
- Simple Fracture: one that occurs internally only and does not break the skin.
- Compound Fracture: one that breaks through the skin, exposing the bone.
If you’ve recently suffered from a broken bone, then you may feel very lucky that the trauma is temporary. Most broken bones heal without major permanent damage.
Web MD notes, “Rehabilitation begins as soon as possible, even if the bone is in a cast. This promotes blood flow, healing, maintenance of muscle tone, and helps prevent blood clots and stiffness.” This health scare is a minor setback, and the prescription for recovery is a sign that all you can do is keep moving (on).
If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disease and often occurs in overweight or obese adults. The CDC reports that diabetes claimed more than 71,382 in 2007 alone.
If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, then this scare may be a giant health stop sign. What you eat and how often you exercise contribute to your overall health and the management of this disease. Take control of these factors and reconsider your bad habits.
Recovering from a diabetes diagnosis is all about lowering your blood sugar. Web MD reports that losing weight is a key factor in this process. Managing diabetes requires daily self-care, including blood tests and exercise.
If you recently suffered from colitis, then the symptoms alone were likely enough to shock you into reconsidering life insurance – it feels like living death. According to the CDC, the warning signs of colitis develop as follows: “The stool is generally bloody and may be associated with cramping abdominal pain and severe urgency to have a bowel movement. The diarrhea may begin slowly or quite suddenly. Loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss are common, as is fatigue. In cases of severe bleeding, anemia may also occur. In addition, there may be skin lesions, joint pain, eye inflammation, and liver disorders.”
Once you regain color, and regular bowel movements, it’s time to plan a healthy diet. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America notes that limiting fried and other junk foods, as well as restricting high-fiber foods, can reduce the chance of future flare ups.
4. Lung Disease
Annoying, yet seemingly mild, everyday illnesses such as pneumonia and influenza were responsible for 56,326 deaths in 2006, based on data from the American Lung Association. Lung disease can strike at any time, and the effects can be devastating.
Types of lung disease and related risk factors include the following:
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Lung Cancer
Your lungs are the very organs that allow you to breathe and therefore live. If you recently suffered from lung disease, death may have felt closer than ever.
Pneumonia, or a similar lung infection, requires lots of rest and rehydration for recovery. Web MD notes that you should treat your cough through a doctor-prescribed method because “A cough is one way your body gets rid of the infection. And you should not try to stop your coughing unless it is severe enough to make breathing difficult, cause vomiting, or prevent rest.”
5. Heart Attack
If you survived a heart attack, you’ve essentially had a near-death experience. The CDC reports that “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. People of all ages and backgrounds can get the condition.” About half of these deaths occur outside of medical supervision – meaning the patient likely didn’t immediately address the warning signs. A heart attack is a caution; it’s time to reassess your health and future life plans.
Heart attack recovery is a combination therapy of treatment and prevention. The American Heart Association (AHA) notes that most people do lead normal, productive lives in the years after a heart attack; however, changes must be made to continue living healthily. According to the AHA, “Treatments for heart attack patients include medications, lifestyle changes and, in some cases, surgical procedures. Your doctor may also run some diagnostic tests to determine how much your heart was damaged and what degree of coronary artery disease you have.”
The extent to which you follow your doctor’s advice following a health scare could dramatically affect your longevity or the amount of time you’ll spend with your family.
Illness is the biggest reminder of mortality. Death can come at any time. A health scare gives you a second chance to plan. Take this time to recover, but more importantly consider what life would have been like for your family, without you. Make the choices that ensure your family is taken care of no matter what happens in the future.
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