Oh my aching back, or is it my hip!

While I was at the Tanner Gun show in Denver today, I walked several isles. I was really happy to see hundreds of people looking around at the various displays and tables that had all kinds of great deals. I am a people watcher for sure and enjoy watching the bartering going on between sellers and buyers. I would stop and watch, listen to what was being said.

I walked just about every row at the show. My left hip started to ache and bother me, so I headed to the food court. I saw a table open up with a few chairs, so I limped over and sat down. I was really starting to hurt. The pain intensified so much that I could hardly sit at all. My friends finally showed up later. I squirmed, moved from side to side in my chair, and I’m sure people thought that I had to go to the bathroom. I realized that the pain I was in was a reminder of my past sports participation, like football, weight lifting, softball.

Those were the good old days … back then you played hurt, and through pain, the coach would say “No Pain, No Gain”. Play through and be tough! I remember those days while playing high school and college football games; the nights after playing a game, laying in bed, could be a living hell. I would limp to school and then ache while sitting in class. Guess what, I am now paying the price for several years of sports.

How many of you who are ex-athletes are now paying the price for the good old days of playing sports? I get to talk to many old pro ball players, and when we get together, I can hear them share all about their stories about the aches and pains they go through. One former NFL offensive lineman, showed me his fingers, swollen and disfigured. You could tell they had been broken several times. Then I talked to a baseball player who had a bad back, and he was stiff and unable to move about very easily.

How many of you just don’t want to go to the doctor because it isn’t worth it? I put myself in that category. I hate needles, and IV’s. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I don’t do needles. I have had several surgeries, not one of them would I call fun! The surgeries were necessary, and would help me with daily living. The aches and pains don’t go away, they need to be taken care of.

I had one client who said he had some chest pains, not major, but ones that would come and go. I told him to get checked out. He looked in pretty good shape, but for his peace of mind, he went. He received a complete physical. Two days later, his doctor called him and said that he better come to his office, they needed to talk. When he arrived at the doc’s office the doctor told him to sit down. The doctor then told him that he had some major heart disease that needed to be taken care of and he needed to talk to a cardiologist right away.

My client went and saw the cardiologist and had surgery three days later. There was a blockage and he had it cleaned out. When I saw my client, he thanked me and said that I saved his life. Wow..I was overwhelmed and appreciated the kind words. You see, we have to keep getting our yearly check ups, take care of our bodies through daily exercise, and eat properly. If your a couch potato, get off your rear end and get some walking in. If you have poor eating habits, then start eating healthy foods. The only person who will look after you, is you! You can’t expect others to force you to go to the doctor, exercise or eat properly. That is your job, no one else’s.

So, if your feeling some health issues starting to take place, make an appointment with your doctor. If your experiencing shortness of breath, have chest pains, then make an appointment to see your family doc. If you have aches and pains in your joints, then get it looked at. There are numerous reasons to see your family doctor, don’t delay, make an appointment. I am trying to prevent further damage to your body. When I used to be at my clinic and talking with patients who had ailments, I would use the example of fixing a problem with the engine before it became a major repair. That’s what I am telling you, don’t let anything get out of hand, take care of business now. It could save your life in the long run.

Are you afraid to go to the doctor because you might get bad news? Do you hate taking med’s and pills? Do you think your not getting better and worry about the doc ordering tests for you? Do you think your medical problem will go away and its nothing to worry about? If you answered yes to any of these, you can call Dr. Mike at 303.456.0555 for help!

How does Life Coaching work?
You’ll meet once a week, by phone for a one-on-one conference, usually 45 minutes a session. In each phone conference you’ll plan and review, together, each of your “Focus Goals” and action areas. In each session, you’ll also receive support and guidance in creating the right attitudes and motivation in the area’s that you want to work on most. In addition to the weekly phone conferences, you’ll also communicate by e-mail, so you’ll have help and support throughout the week.
If you would like some help in dealing with personal issues in your life or the relationship that you’re in, you can contact Mike at 303.456.0555. If you need more information about the Professional Accountability Partner Program, call 303.456.0555 or go to contact Mike link to set up a free consultation appointment.