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WW Question: Are Some Body Parts Less Important?

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. This week for our Wellness Wednesday question, I thought we’d address something we might all be a little guilty of….considering some parts of our body as more important than others.

On Friday, we talked about how our Oral Health can impact our overall wellness. Were you surprised by some of the problems poor dental hygiene can cause? And guess what — this isn’t the only system in our bodies that can impact or give us clues about our overall wellness.

Our bodies truly are wonderfully made, and our different systems can often be interconnected in ways we wouldn’t expect.

For instance, did you know that our gut is considered our ‘second brain’? We’ll talk more about that in an upcoming post.

For now though, I’ll just tell you how an eye exam can let me know what’s going on in my pituitary gland. Several years ago, I found out I had a small benign tumor on my pituitary gland. I only know it’s there because it showed up on a CT scan.

I had to have several initial tests to make sure it wasn’t causing any problems for me. One of those tests was a neurological eye exam. I had my nerves in my eyes mapped, do the exam to test peripheral vision, and have my eyes examined. So what does that have to do with my pituitary?

If/when a pituitary tumor grows, it can start to impinge on your optic nerve and cause you to lose peripheral vision. That’s often the first indicator that something is going on. Luckily, my exams have been outstanding. My little ‘peanut’ has probably been there all my life and hasn’t caused me any problems. But it’s good to know that if it starts to act up, my eyes will let me know.

Isn’t it great that one system in the body can act as an ‘early warning system’ for issues elsewhere?

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads, "Are there any aspects of my health (like oral health) that I think of as "less important'? Do I need to rethink this? Are there routine exams that I have been putting off because I feel they were inconsequential? Is it time to make any appointments?"

So many of our bodies’ systems are interconnected in ways we may not even understand yet. The human body is just amazing! (Yes, even the ones that don’t work exactly like we want them to).

Do you ever find yourself categorizing some parts of your body as less important than others? Does that impact which routine healthcare appointments you make or put off? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

Eyeglasses resting on an eye test chart with text overlay: Wellness Wednesday Question: Are Some Body Parts Less Important?

13 comments

  1. Interesting post. I remember my doctor suggesting I go to a specific eye doctor as she could examine whether or not I had nerve damage. That was before COVID (lol). My husband’s trip to an eye doctor because he had a weird film over his eye that passed quickly, was able to avert a stroke.
    On a different note, having just had an intestinal blockage post surgery, I’d say never overestimate the importance of the back end either, lol.

    1. Wow, thanks for sharing VJ! That’s amazing about your husband having that early warning sign and being able to avert a stroke. I sure am sorry to hear about your intestinal blockage — that’s some scary stuff. I’m glad they were able to get it resolved for you. I’m dealing with diverticulitis right now so I’m with you on not disregarding that area…. Our bodies absolutely amaze me. Even the parts we might think aren’t all that important have an important job to do. Hope you’re feeling as well as possible and still having a wonderful time in your new home. Sending hugs your way!

      1. Diverticulitis is painful. Sorry to hear that. I am good at the moment. Hubby went in for surgery today. So I’ll be playing caregiver for a bit.

  2. So glad they found the benign tumor on your pituitary gland!! (And for the record, I think my body counts hair as the least important part! It just keeps leaving!)

    1. Oh Jeff, you always crack me up! I wish I was funny…. Well, my husband thinks I’m funny, but it’s usually when I don’t mean to be….. I hope you and your family are staying safe and doing well my friend. Blessings to you!

  3. Hi Terri, I think at the moment the trouble is we do not have access to how our health system used to be and when you do book an appointment they only want to deal with one problem at a time and it is quite possible that it could be related to another so I think we are ignoring some symptoms. If you have a good GP and have a good telephone appointment with them then that helps. That is how they found out I had bursitis of the hips. I was just chatting about what I felt was a ‘new’ pain from my normal and the GP I was chatting two immediately asked me to go and see her as she felt it was not related to my back. It’s still worth keeping a diary I think as it’s easier to explain it to them that way. Stay safe.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Bar! You make a great point about many doctors only wanting to deal with one problem at a time. I’m very fortunate – I have a wonderful doctor who takes a more holistic view of things. Any time I go to see her, she’s willing to address whatever I need to discuss. I agree with you that we need to have a good GP; they’re the ones who bring all the segregated information from all our providers together and can see those patterns. I’m so glad yours was able to quickly realize that you had something going on other than your back trouble. I hope your hip pain has settled down some for you. Sending hugs your way!

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