“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
Our bodies are indeed wonderfully made by our awesome Creator! From the time we are born until the time we die, our bodies allow us to enjoy life in various aspects. We are so uniquely made that our body has the ability to heal itself automatically. Sadly though, it deteriorates over time. When this happens, it not only affects us but also our loved ones who care deeply for us. But how can we know when something inside us is not quite right? Well, we get signals of various sorts that are out of the ordinary for us. This is how we know that we may have a problem that we need to give attention to. So does our body talk? What do you think?
In doing my research for this post, I came across a very thought-provoking article entitled “Listen to Your Body Talk.” I’ve been having some health issues of my own lately, and this article really caught my attention because I am one of those people who pays attention to what my body is telling me. However, since I have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort, I sometimes ignore what it’s saying.
For instance, I recently wrote a post about the numbness and tingling I am experiencing in my left hand and fingers. For years, I have had a feeling of numbness in my left pinkie, but because it was not giving me any serious trouble, I continued to ignore it. Especially when I would first wake up from sleeping, the sensation was more evident, and I often wondered to myself why this was so. But again, I ignored it until a little over a month ago when I woke up one morning, and the numbness was more evident and also included my ring finger and the whole pinkie-side of my hand.
Thinking it was just a bad case of carpal tunnel, I bought a compression and support glove. When that did not help, I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor who advised me that I had hit my elbow and injured the nerve that goes to my hand. He then instructed me to wear an elbow pad and that if it had not improved in three weeks that surgery would probably be necessary. The hand and upper extremity surgeon told me that this is something that has been going on for a while and has progressively gotten worse. At the same time, I am also experiencing full-body physical and muscle weakness of which my doctor has not yet been able to ascertain the cause. So I have been going through test after test and still have two more to be performed after my upcoming surgery for the injured nerve in my arm.
The reason I was inspired to write this post is because I have been experiencing some of my symptoms for a while. And because I have been ignoring one of them for years, I now need surgery to correct it. And even though I still don’t know what is causing all of my other symptoms, one thing I do know is that they are not in my head. They are real. This is my body, and the only other person who knows exactly what I’m feeling is God–but even He knows my body better than me. After all, He is my Creator, the one who so wonderfully made me and every other human on this planet. So my advice to you is (as the Body Talk article points out), listen to your body talk, and then, respect what it is telling you.
As always, this is from my heart to yours,
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