Thursday, June 17, 2010

Health Manager

Today I am a Health Manager. I should be everyday but today is especially important. Here's why. I have followup doctors appointments...Two weeks ago I thought I was having a heart attack. Literally. I woke up in the middle of the night, heart racing, feeling chest pressure, felt like my entire body was on fire, and like I was going to pass out. Scared my hubby and I to death...enough that he called 911. My first ride to the hospital in an ambulance. Hopefully my last.

After the tests and followup visits, it turns out I have sleep apnea and my body was in full panic mode for air. That and I have a lot of stress (wonder why) that I internalize which manifests itself in the form of panic attacks.  Could it also be that I am 100 lbs overweight? Taking high blood pressure meds? Anti-anxiety meds? Sleeping aids? Yea...feels like a mess!!! This weight has been a battle for my entire adult (and adolescent) life. I have done WW, protein, slimfast, phentermine, you name it, I have tried it. Some times with great results, but in the end the pounds come back...with friends. Ughh...frustrating!

Apparently the scare of getting on high blood pressure meds didn't scare me enough. Not sleeping at night didn't scare me enough.  Photos of me didn't scare me enough.  My husband's gentle encouragement didn't make a difference. My family support didn't make a difference.  Knowing that I am at HIGH risk of heart disease didn't scare me enough. Watching two women that were family friends pass away from heart issues didn't scare me enough. But a flippin' ride in an ambulance at 1 am-THAT made a difference.

But this scare sent my husband and I into full force "Health Manager" mode. Within 3 days, under the advice of my doctor, we joined a gym. Now - we have had gym memberships over the last 20 years but they have previously been neglected after a while. Too busy, got bored, not enough time, yada yada yada...But this time it is different. It has to be. I intend on being around for a long time, God willing. And know that I am fully convinced the Lord is in control.

Sometimes when we are so involved in our lives that we have fallen away from our priorities, God has a way of shaking things up a bit. It's His "Helllooooo....FOCUS!!" for us. :-)

So, we signed up for a family membership and now we go 5-6 times per week, and I have a personal trainer to kick my booty. Already I feel great! And I am THANKING God for the wake-up call!! I don't think I would been gung-ho for this lifestyle change had it not been for that scare. Red flags waving in front of your face are very hard to ignore. Phillipians 4:13-"I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me." ALL things-even working off 100 lbs of weight and getting off meds. The journey has begun. I will blog about my progress and my thoughts. Would love to hear of your journey, your many jobs. Feel free to post and comment.

For all the jobs we as busy moms have, I have to say that Health Manager has to be one of the most important. So Moms, take care of yourselves and your families. Live a healthy life, Laugh with friends and family often, and Love them always.

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