Respect For Paraplegics
After a recent experience, I have increased respect for paraplegics.
Without going into the gory details, I recently had an operation in the local hospital. The operation was done with me awake by the means of using a “block” which is basically an anaesthetic injected into the spinal fluid.
The result of this was my feeling nothing from the waist down for around six or seven hours. When I say feeling nothing, I mean not only the loss of sensation from the waist down but also the inability to move my legs or even toes for that period of time.
I found it pretty much impossible to even sit up in bed unless it was with assistance and having my firmly planted up against the bottom of the hospital bed. You simply do not realise how much you use your legs until they no longer feel as if they exist.
People who are wheelchair-bound do an exceptional job of coping with everyday tasks and are they certainly deserve the utmost respect.
On the flip side. we watch people in sport and often forget about their disabled counterparts who compete in athletics or other sports like tennis or basketball. When the Olympics are on the Paralympics are shown after the Olympics finish. I think it would be wonderful to see both versions run concurrently giving more exposure to our disabled sportsmen and sportswomen who are truly just as passionate as the able-bodied ones.
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Check For Osteoporosis
I recently watched a program on Channel 7 (Weekend Sunrise) where they had a segment on the health of Australians. This segment advised you and me on what we should get checked periodically as a matter of routine with your GP.
They advised various things such as get your blood pressure done. Also, do the stool check (poo check) that over 50’s receive in the mail.
The specialist went on to say that Australians should have regular checks for osteoporosis once you reach the age of 50.
Unfortunately, this is a waste of your time and your money.
Why is an osteoporosis exam pointless?
I know of one case where a lady went to her doctor and asked if she could have this checked due to the fact that a relative had broken an arm and was subsequently diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her relative now receives treatment for it.
But here is the kicker
The test results came back as positive meaning she already has osteoporosis. However, due to the fact that she had not broken any bones, she did not qualify as requiring treatment for her osteoporosis.
Surely, if this debilitating bone disease is present she should be treated for it. But no. It seems that you need to have broken something to qualify. So let us say that she goes on till 80 years of age and then breaks a bone. The injury incurred at that time will no doubt be far worse than it would have had she been treated for the condition when diagnosed in her 50’s.
I know that Medicare in Australia provides a great service to you and me but it certainly seems to fall short in this case. What are your thoughts?
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