Bump in the Road…
Have you ever noticed the bumps in the road we face can help us to step back and consciously think about our choices? These bumps often interrupt our every day routines, hamper our activities and quiet frankly may be rather frustrating. The good ol bumps may actually be an opportunity to learn, grow and just might be a blessing in disguise.
I’m currently experience just that with my neurologist. I’ve been having significant pain of my lower back. He ordered a lumbar MRI to rule out herniated disc issues.
To my surprise, I received a phone call from his nurse with the results:
Nurse: “The doctor says your lumbar MRI is unchanged from previous study.”
Me: “I never had a lumbar MRI before!” “He must have looked at my MRIs of the brain and spine, they’ve been unchanged for years now.”
Nurse: “That’s his note.” “This is not MS related, consult your family physician.”
Me: “What?!?” “I need him to call to discuss this further please.” “This makes no sense to me!”
Needless to say, no phone call has been received from him. Numerous phone messages left with his nurse. One major bump in the road, choices and decisions to be made and yes, just might be a blessing in disguise.
We’re often working hard to obtain our goals. For me, I want to be as optimal as possible. I rely on my medical team to help me reach realistic goals, nothing more, nothing less. It’s up to us to ensure that happens.
So now what? Remember there are always choices and options available to explore to reach our individual goals. This bump reinforces the importance of advocacy and the need to stop and evaluate my goals. Sadly, I must change neurologist. He’s a brilliant man, however, we need someone who has the time to communicate and provide recommendations along the way.
Bumps in the road are part of life, that’s not going to change. However, the importance of choices we make and directions we choose to take are ever present. What will you do with your bumps in the road? They may be blessings in disguise.
“Count Your Blessings”