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Nov 01, 2022

Cowardice Will Cost You!


Okay, let’s face it: No one like seeking medical attention. And this includes you. Right? Chances are when you do visit your local urgent care facility you receive bad news, being told that you need to lose weight, have high blood pressure, or contracted some sort of illness or disease. It would be great to be presented with positive news that you are perfectly healthy, but the truth is getting this much-needed medical information is crucial to proactive living and can maybe even save your life. Still, we rebel against the seemingly dreadful visit because changing your lifestyle is no easy task, however, it does not need to be so difficult.

Sounds like you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. What do you do about it?

Don’t Be That Person

You’ve got to quit being lazy! Trust me when I say you can’t rely on cough drops and quick-fix over-the-counter drugs to solve all your problems forever. Your car breaks, what do you do? You go to a mechanic, right? Same thing with your body, you should see a professional, and don’t procrastinate. Procrastination is cowardice, and if there’s one thing, I want you to get out of this article, it’s this: Cowardice always ends up costing ya!

Yes, these things can help you but what they can’t do is provide the necessary information on how to be your most healthy self. It’s like putting a band-aid on a wound that needs stitches, an insignificant attempt at a potentially life-threatening problem. Seeking this information could be intimidating but don’t be the unfortunate person who finds out too late.

Are You Due for a Check-Up?

If I had to guess, I’d say you are not an Olympic athlete or an absolute health freak. Sorry but chances are you need to change some lifestyle choices. Even if you are feeling tip-top and have been exercising and watching what you eat, going in for a routine check-up or yearly physical is always beneficial. But for those who do struggle to live a healthy lifestyle, luckily our bodies are constantly informing us about what needs to be looked at. It’s time to shut up and listen!

The signs are simple and most of us already know what they are. A sore throat isn’t going away, shortness of breath, unusual bowel movement or constant urination, and unexpected weight loss are important messages from your body that something isn’t right. But for some unexplainable reason, we still ignore these signals, convincing ourselves that we will be fine and that going for a check-up is waste of time. Why are you trying to tough it out? We are surrounded by trained professionals at your local urgent care facility who contain the knowledge and a dummy-proof blueprint on easy steps to live proactively.

Even if you are not feeling unwell it’s still important to get looked at least once a year. Whether for a routine check-up or you’re curious about improving your lifestyle, visiting your local urgent care establishment is never a bad idea. It’s important to note that when you do decide to go that you should come prepared with any questions that you have and most importantly, be honest about any issues or injuries that you are experiencing. Getting the hard truth can be difficult so many people decide not to be honest because of fear of a bad diagnosis or much need for a lifestyle change. Remember, these medical professionals are here to help and the best way they can do this is by you giving them full transparency!

It doesn’t take a ton of courage to do the right thing for yourself. If I may make a suggestion – just visit the nearest Chai Care clinic and get a checkup.

All right, there’s a flip side to it  – but it’s all connected, as you’re about to see.

Misguided Bravery

About a year ago a few friends and I were playing a pick-up game of basketball. My friend Joe, a former D-1 college basketball player who was clearly the best player on the court, was driving to the rim and made a sharp side-step against a defender, me when he felt something tweak in his knee. Even with the immediate pain, he still managed to score and continued to finish the game. For the rest of the day, he limped around, squinting with pain, and denied all our suggestions of him going down the street to the closest urgent care. After all, he played in college, none of us did, and he claimed he would be fine in the morning. Nearly two weeks later after more swelling and bruising he finally visited an urgent care when after an X-ray he was given the unfortunate news that he tore a ligament in his knee and would need surgery. That wasn’t the worst part. If he had just gone to an urgent care facility weeks ago the injury would be that much closer to healing. Instead, he walked around every day, even exercised, and continued to play basketball, only making the issue worse. Of course, I felt bad for Joe, he couldn’t play the game he loved for months, not to mention a grueling recovery process and expensive rehab, but all of that could have been avoided if he put his ego on the back burner and made the smart decision.

At the end of the day, it’s important to know that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about you. We all have family and friends that love and support us. People who deeply care about our well-being and want the best for us. If seeking medical assistance is something you absolutely hate, think about those who are closest to you. Your children, partner, or friend. Maybe even your dog, who’s going to feed Rex if you’re not there? We all must make sacrifices for the people we care about, at least you can make a choice that not only makes them happy but also created a healthier life for you!

* Legal disclaimer: The content of this article and the entire Chai Care blog is for educational purposes only; it does NOT constitute medical advice and must not be considered as such. Please consult a medical professional regarding any symptoms or health concerns you or your loved ones.

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