'The Extreme Patient'

While ‘The Little One’ continues to show marked improvement while recovering from the trauma of chemotherapy and radiation, we move on to another calamity called sciatica. Anyone who has had back pain knows how debilitating it can be, yet to alleviate the pain we must be open to new modes of treatment.

On Wednesday we motored to InMotion Health and Wellness for a visit with Dr. Greg Neff to see if Chiropractic help was in order for his current ailment.  The ‘Extreme Patient’ as we see in this photo opportunity for his building fan club,  (yes KJ, the only thing missing is the Tiara!) decided to ride the wave and try out this new treatment.   Of course there was the debate…”This is not going to work”…’Why are we wasting our time”… etc, etc, etc.  While I try not to roll my eyes (at least noticeably  to others), we just continue on with our friendly banter because that is the way we communicate.

Communication is a funny thing; just like relationships.  It’s funny how the two go hand in hand.  Relationships are built on strong communication and trust.    Yet in communicating his apprehension to Chiropractic care, I knew that this was simply a way for him to let off some frustration.    Sometimes, you just have to let go!

As caregivers, we have to be mindful that while we are there in a supporting role, it’s not our body that  is going through the treatments.   How much can the mind and body take in such a short period of time?  I think that really depends on the person and their ability to communicate their wants, needs and desires.  And in the supporting role, the caregiver has to be mindful that what you might want for your loved one, may not be what they want; what a slippery slope!

It is through honest communication,  built on trust and love that truly reveals the essence of a relationship.  We’re glad that we have (and share) this trust and love as we continue on this journey to better health and happiness.

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5 Comments

  1. www.yourefirst.net on February 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Very well said!



  2. Travel Spirit on February 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    You are such a good writer! I don’t visit much…but when I do…I really enjoy reading your words!



  3. Chris MacLellan "The Bow-Tie-Guy" on February 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I appreciate your kind words. I will get my first chance at being published in April as I have been ask to write an article on care-giving and care-givers for the National Society on Aging. I am quite excited about this opportunity. I’ll be chatting about this soon on my blog. Take care!



  4. Tim Thinkauthor on February 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I just spent the past 20 minutes reading a few of your posts. It is people like you that make this world a better place. Your attitude is inspiring.



  5. Chris MacLellan "The Bow-Tie-Guy" on February 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Tim,

    Thank you for your kind words; I am enjoying writing about this special topic. I try to write from the heart while looking at this serious issue in a pragmatic way. Let’s keep in touch!

    Chris



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