Jan. 8, 2018

Stubbornness...a good thing or bad thing?

Stubbornness isn’t always a bad thing.  Sometimes it can be a good thing.  It depends on the circumstance, but for me, in this instance, it’s bad.  I had ignored the warning signs and stubbornly insisted that I was okay even after good friends advised me to take action.  You see, if I hadn’t eventually given in, it could have cost me my life.

In the last week of December, I had noticed an issue with my calves.  I wasn’t surprised as I have had bad luck with health.  They were swelling, red, painful, and warm to the touch.  In all my experience in the healthcare field professionally and personally, I knew what that meant.  On the 30th, I let my sister and sister-in-law take me to the ER.  There, the ER doctor simply conducted tests and concluded that it was simple edema and prescribed compression and elevation.  That’s it.

I saw my primary the following Wednesday and was prescribed medication.  By that Friday, it had worsened, and my friends pressed for me to go to the ER again.  Though I felt the first ER doc was wrong and didn’t do much but get me out of there, I acquiesced and went back. 

It’s a good thing that I have friends who cared enough to insist that I get it checked.  By that evening, I was admitted.  It was determined that there was an infection that had become systemic.  For someone like me, with a weakened immune system, that would have been life-threatening, if I didn’t get the needed medication right away.

The point to this post is that while stubbornness, in the right context, can be a good thing, but you have to be careful.  My stubbornness could have cost me my life.  Luckily, or blessedly, I have five angels who cared enough to keep at me until I gave in and went to the ER.  If it has to do with your health, take it from someone who has learned her lesson.  Silence that stubborn voice and listen to those who care for you because it just may save your life.


Until laters beautifuls…be safe and be kind to one another.