Monday, February 22, 2016

It’s Been 40 Years …

Who would’ve believed that when I woke up in the middle of the night forty years ago with a Charley Horse that cramp was just the beginning of the story. Those cramps were real buggers in those days. Sometimes they would last for 15-30 minutes. 

Back then, I just wrote them off because of my physical fitness program. I pushed myself in those days. I loved racquetball, tennis and running. I also worked out with weights three days a week. I viewed cramping as a part of the process of pushing myself, and the need for greater hydration. 

It wasn’t long after the cramping that I began to experience something that I called restless leg syndrome. My wife first noticed it and she brought it to my attention. The leg movement, like twitching, would last for hours. And, no matter what I tried, it didn’t help.   

Yet, for all of the strange happenings in my legs, I never felt better or healthier. In this case, ignorance can be bliss. I am so thankful I never went to a doctor because of the health issues. A doctor would have wanted to run some tests and perhaps prescribe medications. He/she probably would have advised me to back off in my fitness training to see if that helped. 

Ignorance was the best fit for me at the time. I am hot certain I could have handled knowing the truth and the ‘what ifs’ that go along with that knowledge. Perhaps knowing the truth would have changed my life when I was in the prime of my life. The reality of the actual condition, Kennedy’s Disease, along with the confirmation about fifteen years later, came soon enough. In the meantime, I lived a great life. Never once have I said, “I wish I would’ve known earlier.”

But, ignorance isn’t always blissful. What if a person has a treatable health condition or if diagnosing a condition early can improve the chances of curing it? The rules change!

That’s my story, however, and I’m sticking to it. 

Live your life the best way you can.

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