Waiting…. and What to Do While We Wait
When we have a health concern we spend a lot of time waiting.
Waiting to get news about your condition.
Waiting for your body to heal.
We were at the beach part of last week and noticed several sites like the one pictured at the beginning of this article. These are loggerhead turtle nests that have been marked for protection. The loggerhead turtle is an endangered species and in a number of places, including Hilton Head Island, volunteers help set up and protect the nests where the adult female has laid her eggs. The volunteers are active during nesting season to look for turtles coming to shore and burying their eggs. Often they move the nests further back on shore above the high tide line so that the nest is not washed away by the tides. They mark the nest with the stakes, red cord and a sign.
And then they wait.
Waiting is hard for most people. I know it is for me. I am an action-oriented person who always wants to be doing something and making progress towards my goals. But sometimes all we can do is wait. Sometimes what we SHOULD do is wait.
A relative had surgery for a torn meniscus on her knee recently. Now she has to wait for her leg to heal. There is work for her to do while she waits including doing some specific exercises, walking with the help of a crutch and icing her leg, but mostly she has to wait.
My husband had a procedure last week to help correct leaks that are causing low spinal fluid pressure. Now he has to wait and see if it works.
I found two weeks ago that I have multiple problems with my heart including three leaky valves and enlargement of both chambers of my heart’s right side. Now I have to wear a heart event monitor for four weeks and wait to get results at the end of the month. I have none of the lifestyle factors that would make me susceptible to heart conditions, so this was definitely a surprise to me.
I have nutrition clients who are waiting, too. Waiting on their Hashimoto’s antibodies to reduce. Waiting on cancer chemotherapy treatments to work. Waiting on their gut to heal.
Is there anything we can do while we wait?
Pray. As a Christian I know this is first thing I should do, but too often I don’t. God is pleased to listen to our prayers and answer them. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (Jas. 5:16) Sometimes the answer is to give us patience during the waiting. Sometimes the answer is to connect us with persons who can support us. Often it is advisable to ask others to pray for you. Christians are called to ask others pray for them in James 5:14. “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call the elders of the church, and let them pray over him.”
Do the work you can do. Make sure that your lifestyle practices are those that promote healing. Are you eating the whole-foods diet that is most appropriate for you? Are you exercising on a regular basis? Are you taking the nutritional supplements that are most beneficial for your current condition? God has designed our body with amazing self-healing mechanisms if we choose to employ them.
Seek expert help. If you are dealing with an emotional problem, seek the help of a pastor or trained counselor. If your problem is physical, then seek the help of a physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, trainer or nutritionist. If your issue is complex, you may need the help of multiple professionals.
Then wait. I am speaking as much to myself as to you in this article. I have sought expert help, am praying and continuing to doing the work I can do by eating healthy and exercising appropriately.
The volunteers with the loggerhead turtles also do the work they can do. They count the number of days since the eggs were buried to estimate the hatching date. They also monitor the nests to make sure nothing disturbs them. As the estimated hatching date arrives, they will mark a clear path for the baby turtles to get to the water. But the volunteers can’t make the eggs hatch any earlier than they naturally will and they can’t make all the eggs hatch with healthy baby turtles, either.
If they have done their jobs well and if all the other conditions are right, then they will see baby turtles coming out of the nest like those in this picture.
If you are dealing with any health condition remember my tips. Pray. Do the work you can do. Seek expert help. Then wait with positive expectation that there will be an excellent outcome.
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