Much to my husband’s chagrin, I love Downton Abbey. The costumes, the drama, the romance…It’s all so imaginatively real. As though F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen had a love child, and made it into a TV show. And this last episode really touched me.
I was amazed by the bloody mess Lord Grantham went through. Quite literally, a bloody mess. Plenty of foreshadowing went into the ‘surprise’ ulcer bursting – the last few episodes showed him constantly in pain. Lady Cora, the observational wife, would inform Robert that he didn’t look well, and of course he ignored her. He ignored his body, his wife, all the warning signs…so when his body decided enough was enough, he spewed blood all over the dinner table (and his poor wife).
Don’t be like Lord Grantham.
Of COURSE you don’t want to be throwing up blood. But that’s not what I mean. I mean, how often do you have a health problem that you ignore and it becomes a bigger problem? That aching back that turns into needing surgery? That shortness of breath that turns into a heart attack? Not wanting to quit smoking until you land in the hospital and the doctor says you HAVE to quit…or else?
As Americans, we do this ALL the TIME! We ignore our health on a daily basis. I saw this every day working in healthcare. Patients who refuse to listen to their bodies until it’s too late, and then expect modern medicine to work miracles. Let me tell you – medicine is NOT a miracle.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Do we think if we ignore it, our problems will go away? Maybe we think pain is gain, or mind over matter. If we believe a heart attack will never happen to us, surely our willpower will make it so, right? Or is it just a lack of time? We’re all so busy these days, we don’t have time to focus on our health.
Whatever the reason, whatever the excuse…stop it. Just stop. There are a million excuses out there, and none of them are justifiable. We only have one body. One life. Why not treat our bodies with the respect they deserve? If you owned a Porche, you’d sure as hell take care of it…so why not take care of something as irreplaceable as your body?
A twenty minute consult with a doctor would probably have prevented Lord Grantham’s exciting dinner ulcer attack. Is it worth that 20 minutes to perhaps prevent death-by-puking-blood? I think so. Don’t you?