A stitch in time

I recently talked to a patient who came to the pharmacy to collect her medications and she was bemoaning her fate. How come i am diabetic? nobody in my family has diabetics, ehn so i will be on drugs for the rest of my life?. Her countenance was that of disbelief, shock and pain. Well after series of counseling and also visits to the diabetic care educator she grudgingly accepted her condition and planned to manage it properly.

The initial reaction of this lady is a common scenario when many people are diagnosed with chronic conditions. They ask how come?  but its not in my family now? or worst case scenario they blame it on witches and wizard? (religious beliefs). We forget that that little things we had taken for granted over a long period had built up and manifested as chronic illness. A stitch immediately done on our sugar intake can cut down the occurrence of diabetics mellitus with about 70%. What about consistent exercise, and regular routine check up. All these are the stitches we have to keep doing continuously and consistently.

In fact we should be more proactive about our health  than been just been passive about it. Passivity makes us prone to any situation or occurrence. These situations usually throws us off balance emotionally, psychologically and even financially. On the other hand when we are more proactive about our health life, things do not come as a shock to us. We are already conscious of our health status, We do frequent checkups, we are already informed about markers that could predispose us to any chronic illness. Acting in a proactive manner concerning our health makes us alert, careful, observant and it gives us the power to make healthy choices.

I hate to be unaware about things or taken off balance about situations especially concerning my health and i guess so do you.

Over the next couple of weeks we would be looking at these individual stitches we can keep making, in our goal to becoming  a more healthier individual.

I reiterate the choice is ours.

 

 

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WORLD TB DAY

Hi every one today is world tuberculosis day. Its a day every one is reminded that a disease called TB exist and as the theme of this year TB day is “UNITE TO END TB” we shall be looking at the various roles we can individually play to end TB. Am not going to be saying much about the history of TB, its signs and symptoms as all these are available on WHO publication online.

Lets start with how TB affects us as individuals.The most common occurrence of mycobacterium tuberculosis is in its inactive phase and many people are carriers of this inactive form which can be very much transmittable.

Yes very much transmittable. Am at risk, you also are at risk and our children, family and loved ones are also at risk.

We must unite to fight and end TB. It is very much possible and attainable

Firstly we must all get vaccinated with the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis and the beautiful thing about this vaccine is that is free yes very free.Our government has made it possible for us to get vaccinated at apparently no cost from our end. We have no excuse to get vaccinated, visit one  of the primary health centers nearby to get vaccinated especially every one in developing countries.

Get informed about TB. Be a part of the local TB control program in the community so that timely information, guidelines and control strategies will be passed directly to you. knowledge is power. The more you know concerning a situation  the easier it is to win over the situation. Lets make sure that our knowledge base about TB is regularly updated.

Health care providers must always assume anyone is a suspect unless proven otherwise. We should always put adequate precautionary measures in place whenever we are attending to  patients.

Lets always adhere to medications prescriptions. One of the major challenges in the fight against TB is the rise in multi drug resistant tuberculosis, due to a number of factors.Lets not always do things that are convenient for us, we should always think about the repercussions of our actions on others, especially our family and friends. Adhere to your medications.

Maintain  good ventilation in the homes always, avoid overcrowding in the house and also crowded places with  poor ventilation. This will reduce the chances of contacting air borne infections.

Finally  eat healthy, keep fit maintain a balanced overall well being,we should never dare compromise our immunity with harmful substances. The body’s natural immunity is and always will be the best method in fighting tuberculosis.

Cheers to the healthy Life. Peace

 

 

My plans 1

There is a popular saying that goes the best way to predict your future is to create it. Most of us apply this saying  to our financial lives, relationship lives and all other aspects, leaving out a crucial aspect of our well being,  our health.

To have an healthy life in our middle and older age is actually to create it. We can  predict up to 80% of what will happen in our older age health wise when we plan carefully ahead.

Lets pause, inhale…….. and think deeply, reflect on our current behaviors and life style habits and also try to visualize the future outcomes. Are those outcomes  presentable or  filled with gloom, pot bellies and plenty of medications? its time to  get up andstart  making healthy designs that will give us healthy outcomes that not only satisfies me, you but also gives us peace of mind.

We either plan to succeed or we plan to fail. Yes  many of us by doing nothing actually plan to fail.

Lets be go creative for some few minutes, imagine a plain drawing board and you have been giving colors to paint a beautiful drawing. What comes to  the mind to paint out is something beautiful, lovely to the eyes and desirable. We all can wish and want to paint a lovely piece of work, but a lot of things must been done before we can get a beautiful final result. The unwavering determination, unflinching focus, the carefully and purposefully well defined strokes all make up the lovely final piece.

This situation also applies to our health life, what and what plans, conditions, habits, choices are we putting in place to be healthy at all stages of lives.

Think deeply  THE CHOICE IS OURS.

HELLO

Welcome to my healthydesigns blog. Basically the issues that are going to be discussed, analyzed and broken down here are the choices we make that directly affects our health.

Growing gracefully old is a number one priority of every individual. Sadly this is a goal that is not achieved by all especially we in Nigeria(third world problems). Most of these chronic illness that presents in our later age are actually preventable and can also be managed properly.

Living healthy to a large extent depends on the choices we make everyday. Its a choice between eating healthy or not, exercising or not,drinking alcohol, smoking, keeping up with regular check ups or not and a lot of other life style behaviors. We are going to be discussing, gisting,debunking myths, identifying practicable tips and also sorting out the challenges that are hindrances to us having a healthy life style.

A healthy life is possible at all stages in life and yes we are going to achieve being healthy all the way.

CHEERS TO THE HEALTHY LIFE.