When You’re unwell , do you allow others to take care of you, or do you prefer to soldier it alone? What does it take for you to ask for help?
I was unwell many times, it was when I ate more hot chillies than anyone else in my family. After a week of eating the hot stuff I’d be so sick from stomach ache,I’d cry lying down, it didn’t help, the excruciating pain made me scream, this was something I could not soldier alone. I promised I’d stop eating this stuff, a week later I’d eat the hot stuff and get sick again. I was very young and didn’t believe the pain will come back if I didn’t stop this bad habit. I knew the cause of my sickness and I was aware only I could stop it if I looked after myself.
Then a time came when I was sick and did not know why. I had severe heart burn, I was short of breath, my legs felt weak when I tried to walk. One day I tried to use the vacuum cleaner to clean the carpet, I turned it on, five minutes into it I felt I was unable to breathe. I told my husband I was feeling very sick, he took one look at me and said, “Nothing is wrong with you you have gained too much weight.”
He was a physician and didn’t take a second to diagnose my problem, in the meantime my condition was getting worse, I was alarmed how ill I felt. I took one last attempt and told my husband, “I’m really sick.”
This time I noticed he was scared, he immediately made an appointment for me to see a physician whose specialty was internal medicine. He was a very good one , he took his time and asked me to tell him my symptoms, he was patient and let me tell him how I was feeling,it took him a few minutes, he told me I was suffering from “Hypothyroidism”. According to him patients with this condition cannot get out of bed, he was amazed I was teaching. He gave me a piece of paper to give to the principal, where he advised I should be off from teaching for six weeks. My immediate reaction was, “What about my kids?”
He gave one look at me and said, ” It’s your principal’s problem not yours.”
The pill he prescribed helped . I was able to carry on my work without any problem.