Duty Calls

I did something today I despise. I went to the doctor. It wasn’t a planned visit either. For the past few weeks I’ve been struggling with chest, back and arm pain. Until today I was 99% sure it was all related to hauling my heavy 9 month old son around. He is a big mama’s boy and is pushing my muscles to their limits. What changed today was a sudden numbing of my entire right arm. I’m not going to lie, it concerned me a bit. You’d think I would have been concerned over a throbbing and numb left arm, but I could rationalize that away because I lug my son around on that side. Nope, this wasn’t something to ignore. My guess was a pinched nerve from altering my kid carrying technique. As a mom of two very young kids, guessing wasn’t good enough, however. I knew I had a duty to get checked out and rule out anything more serious.

After an EKG and a quick once over, I’m happy to report the doctor agreed with my guesses on what is going on with me. Though I expected that result, it was still a relief. Leaving the clinic I struggled with feeling silly over even worrying to begin with. Playing with my kids tonight I was able to set that aside. There really isn’t anything silly about doing what you can to make sure you are there for your kids for as long as possible. I may not be willing to brave the doctor for my sake, but doing it for them is pretty darn easy.

2 Responses to “Duty Calls”

  1. Tricia says:

    Yesterday I was at Barnes and Nobel and came across a new book about Dana and Christopher Reeves. I was standing there with tears thinking of their 13-year-old son left without parents. This morning I promptly made an appointment for my annual physical, which is a couple of months over due. You’re right, if we don’t do it for ourselves, it’s certainly easy to do it for our kids.

  2. Jen says:

    Oh wow! I’m so glad you’re ok!!