I’m dizzy on standing up. Just stand up more slowly then.
Now I’m dizzy on turning over. Try and use your mobile phone less.
I’ve got heart burn. Be careful what you eat.
Breathless on walking up stairs (nearly expired on running upstairs). You need to get a bit fitter.
These aren’t symptoms of various patients of mine. They are my symptoms. And these are the conversations I’ve had with and bits of advice I’ve given myself.
Then one morning I had to get up early to go catch a flight and, in the clear light of the morning I realised that these weren’t just a list of symptoms, but at my age (59) they are also possible early signs of chronic disease.
I felt quite panicked at the thought and then I realised that actually I was lucky to have symptoms; to recognise them; to have ideas what to do about them.
The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.If you like this, please share it