Share Your World For 13 Dec 2021

Melanie has a few dillies for us today…

What is your opinion of the state of health care in your country? Adequate or inadequate? What could be done to improve it? We the People really suck at taking care of our health, and I’m one of the worst offenders. What do they tell you to do?

  1. Maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy diet.
  2. Get enough sleep.
  3. Exercise daily.
  4. Don’t smoke.
  5. Don’t use illegal drugs.
  6. Use caffeine and alcohol in moderation.
  7. Avoid stress as much as possible, and manage it when you can’t.
  8. Drink lots of water.
  9. Stay home when you’re sick. etc.

How many of those do we actually do? Probably close to none. So we depend on the health care system, which is really a "sick care" system, meant to get us back on our feet so we can go back to work and pay the bill. The US has the finest healthcare system in the world. It’s expensive as hell, but worth it.

How can we improve it? We can start by doing our part, doing the nine things above. We complain about the pharmaceutical industry, which has made it seem as though we can fix all our problems by taking expensive pills. Maybe we wouldn’t need the expensive pills if we took better care of ourselves. We complain about the insurance companies not paying out on claims that could have been avoided if we took better care of ourselves. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera….

My point is that health (sick) care is expensive because we abuse the system by expecting them to fix things that broke because we didn’t do what we needed to do to make sure they didn’t break. And now I’ll climb down off my soapbox before I fall off.

Or the toilet…

What are two words that describe you best? Noisy bastard.

Do you have a morning routine? If so, what it’s like? I go to bed at 1 AM, lie awake until 3, sleep until 7, and spend two to three hours going through WordPress, Inoreader, and Instagram. Then I call Mary, who puts my leg in my leg pump for an hour, and get dressed (with Mary’s help). Then, it’s time for lunch…

What’s something that really makes your blood race? Tachycardia.

Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols or songs? Sure! Like this one…

8 thoughts on “Share Your World For 13 Dec 2021

  1. Thanks, John, for Sharing Your World!! I’ve heard that list my whole life long, so whom do I sue for my bad choices? I take responsibility for the ones that I did, no quibble there. But most of what’s ‘wrong’ with me today? Is bad genetics pure and simple. A relative once remarked our gene pool could have used a big dose of chlorine and it’s true. My bone issues (crippling and the rest) are laid at my father’s door, for while he didn’t have them, his mother and her family did and my aunts and cousins (female) on that side of the family do too. My mother’s line isn’t exempt from the gimpy sweepstakes either, her great auntie was wheel chair bound for a majority of her senior years and my own mother had ‘bad bones”. Then there’s the high blood pressure and strokes (paternal line), and heart disease and a unspecified leukemia ‘like’ blood disease (maternal side). Add to all that the nasty surprise that came to my generation of this messed up group of people in the form of diabetes. My siblings who (presumably) aren’t affected have been quick to point out the ‘if you took better care of yourself when you were younger’ song. I’ve stopped listening. Because one sibling has been told by his doctor that he has ‘high blood sugar’ (which is incipient diabetes and he is the model of ‘healthy’ living. Pah. I have always tried to be proactive with my health, ate brown rice and whole grain breads, little meat, veggies out the wazoo and I still got diabetes. I think some of us are just ‘sickly’ at the get go. None of that mini-rant is meant to impart that I don’t agree with you on the ‘get off your ass and DO something proactive to keep you healthy’ school of thought.

    Sorry I soap boxed a bit here myself! 😬🤐😲 Pigeon holes tend to make my blood race I guess! 😉

    Excellent GIFs to illustrate your points, I look forward to them every week! I don’t think you’re a nosy bastard though. More a gentleman with a curious nature. 🙂 Have a fine week John and keep on rockin’!

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    1. I actually said “noisy bastard,” but I have a better one: “won’t follow instructions.”

      You’re right: there are those who start out sickly or with conditions that require constant medical attention, but for every one of those, you might have 5 or 6 that didn’t take care of themselves, and I’m probably the worst offender. If I and most other people in my position took better care, it would free up resources and bring down costs. I wish I had it to do over again…

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  2. I feel people, in general, should be more health-conscious. Some of the things we were brought up with turned out to be not good for us. However, with all the preservatives and junk put in our food, who’s to say what is healthy and what is not. I don’t take medications and never have – except maybe an aspirin. I do take vitamins such as C and D. And so it goes…

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  3. Nice responses. Your first one is very true to a point. I do most of those but my disabilities don’t allow me to do all. I am often thrown drugs to “ fix” me. I use as little meds as possible. Going to PT OT acupuncture chiropractors etc cost me lots out of pocket, but it beats more pills.

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