The Beginning of Knowledge
” You never develop fear until after you have lost your confidence. And the extent of your confidence is determined by the extent of your faith. The basis of fear is the possibility of failure. The power of faith is the assurance of success”……..(Charles L. Allen)
Wisdom is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
It may surprise you how many people do not know their own diagnosis. This is understandable in the first phase of the illness and lack of knowledge for medical terms. It’s complicated, so medical staff do what we think helps them in their time of need……put it in laymen’s terms or leave out complicated explanations.
The recovery period is just not the time to bombard the weary heart and mind of the cardiac patient with details. It’s a Just the Facts: You had a heart attack, you had blockages, we did this……….type of situation; with handouts on all your new medication, and signs to report immediately if you have complications. So, the understanding of contributing factors and full description of the diagnosis is often unknown until much later.
Phase two occurs after the hospitalization. The person is home resting and has time to absorb what just took place. The drugs have worn off, the foggy brain becomes clearer and the person begins to ask questions. What exactly did they do? Where were those blockages? What’s a stent? What does a bypass graft look like? How long will it take to recover? What medicine am I taking?
A good way to be in know is to request a full print out of the diagnosis and procedure from your cardiologist. Also, include any other occurrences that may have taken place or contributing factors. Many times the patient with Cardiovascular Disease (CAD) will have other contributing factors and a linking diagnosis. Such as Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure) Hyperlipidemia (High cholesterol) Atrial Fibrillation. A print out will help you create a ‘Medical History Check Sheet’ (see below) that you can take wherever you go that informs others of your medical history, medications, allergies, and emergency contacts.
Medical History Check Sheet
Name:_______________________ Date of birth:_______________
Primary Doctor: ________________________Cardiologist:_____________________
Wisdom preserved the life of a young man named Daniel, captured at the age of seventeen and taken from Jerusalem as a slave, to Babylon , in the service of King Nebuchadnezzar. Shock, fear and the trauma of a long journey ahead was his, and his noble companions, existence. He would never see home again. He would never be the same physically again. Yet, what did he do? He learned all he could learn about his new predicament, culture, and language; to preserve his life!
In the book of Daniel chapter 1: 17-20, The New International Version of the bible, states:
” To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.”
Take heart and give thanks to God, you are alive and He has given you the ability to learn. You can become just as knowledgeable about your disease as Daniel was about his surroundings and this knowledge will help preserve you life.