Dialysis

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Dialysis is the separation of unequal, diluted substances through a membrane. This membrane often has numerous, minuscule permeable tentacles interwoven through flexible fibers.  This process often purifies the substance.

Medicine uses this process to purify the blood of someone who has experienced kidney failure.  It replaces the process that a body’s functioning kidney would perform. The patient usually has a permanent shunt implanted into their body for easy access of the chronic procedure.  Since impurities are filtered out of the body, the patient needs to surrender to the process on a regular basis.

Having observed many dialysis patients, I understand the tension between submitting to life-long medical procedures and the freedom to enjoy good health.  Dialysis means that someone or something has control over an intimate aspect of your life.  However, it also is obvious that not submitting to the procedure will endanger your health or end your life.

Such is the dichotomy of life. Often, we don’t want to do what is good for us!

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Is It Obvious?

20150131_135823This festive door is decorated for a Mardi Gras celebration.  The wreath is a collection of bright colors and varied textures.  Visitors would immediately know that the people in this home are in a festive mood and ready for a holiday party.

When people walk by you on a public street can they immediately sense what is going on inside?  Are you healthy?  Do you exercise on a regular basis? Have you taken time to reflect on your personal needs?  Have you chosen your favorite form of exercise and designed a routine that fits your lifestyle?

We all are faced each day with a variety of choices.  How we make those choices determines how we spend our time.  Hopefully, when we are walking down the street, doing our grocery shopping, going to the library or attending a social event the general public can visually see how we are spending our time.  It should be obvious that we are making the correct choices if we are standing tall, walking straight with shoulders back and feeling healthy and well-rested.

Next time you are in the position to make a quick observation, it should be obvious.

 

 

A Little Sugar

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I overheard a conversation: “My doctor said that I have a little sugar in my blood.  I don’t know how it got there.  My doc said that I need to get it out.”  I admit that I was ease-dropping.  The couple was talking about the husband’s recent diagnosis of diabetes.

The man needed more information about his medical condition.  Hopefully, the doctor was following up with education classes.  Possibly, the doctor was referring to the term “A1c.”  This is a reference used by medical providers to assess the level of glucose in a persons blood at any given time – it is a marker on the red blood cell.  There are certain guidelines that gauge if this A1c level is in a healthy parameter for the patient.  We all need to know how our bodies function and education from professional sources is the correct avenue from which to receive that information.

Our bodies function on a delicate balance of hormones, enzymes, signals, pathways, connections, feedback systems and response loops.  In order for all of these units to interact properly we must provide the fuel.  Fuel keeps the entire engine engaged.  Of course, the man needs “a little sugar in his blood.”  He also needs proteins, “good” fats, complex carbohydrates and trace minerals circulating through his system to keep his fine-tuned body in good working order. We all need “a little sugar” just try to make it the right kind of sugar.

I maintain a web site – “HubCityWellness.com” that outlines credible medical resources which may be of interest.