Went to doctor’s office yesterday. Annual blood work, plus written and verbal tests from a “medicare specialist.” If one more person speaks to me s-l-o-w-l-y, calls me “sweetie” and asks me to spell world backwards, Lord, help them..and me.
Fortunately, I knew the date, day before Red Sox play the Indians and 4 days before Tom Brady’s Patriots face the Cleveland Browns. Also, spelled backwards whirled, world or whorled. The “medicare specialist” chose world.
Aging contains aggravations. As I reflected on yesterday’s survey, most dealt with physical safety and mental health, both important. But what is life without risk. To stay so safe one never ventures out of a recliner is to miss those aspects of life that still dazzle, have potential to leave one spellbound, awed.
Surveys, such as the one I took, aim for early detection of serious issues. However, it’s my hope that better questions, administered by better trained interviewers, will lead to life encouraging practices and away from people demeaning data.
Last April our book group read Atul Gawande’s, Being Mortal. Helped me better understand issues related to aging, illness and dying. Dr. Gawande writes,” The battle of being mortal is the battle to maintain the integrity of one’s life–to avoid becoming so diminished or dissipated or subjugated that who you are becomes disconnected from who you were or who you want to be. Sickness and old age make the struggle hard enough. The professionals and institutions we turn to should not make it worse.”
Felt better upon reflection:
- “Specialist” weighed my answers, not me!
- God showed up today in Luke 12, The Message,
“Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.”
CAREfree in God’s care.
Yes or no?
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