Patience can be a good friend when we are battling pulmonary hypertension. Patience says:
Impatience on the other hand, can send a lot of stress our way, saying loudly:
- You are doing the best you can today given the PH symptoms you are struggling with.
- Pace yourself. I know you get frustrated at your limitations but it’s important not to push yourself too hard.
- It may take some time before you see some benefit of your new medication, dietary program, or exercise program.
- Remember a little bit of self-care each day is key; slowly does it.
- If you are breathless or overwhelmingly fatigued, be patient; in time the symptoms will hopefully lessen a little.
The barrage of negativity from impatience can trigger strong emotions. From its harsh words, we can experience guilt and shame, hopelessness, powerlessness, sadness, anxiety, stress, and self-rejection to name a few.
- You need to do more if you are going to battle against pulmonary hypertension.
- You don’t have the time to go slowly today.
- You need to keep achieving something every day; you can’t just give into your illness. It doesn’t matter if you feel fatigued or breathless.
- You should be seeing better results from your efforts.
- You must try harder.
So the next time impatience tries to push you around, write a letter to it and tell it what a ruthless tormentor it can be. You know you are doing the best you can. You are dealing with a massive load of intense physical and emotional symptoms and the best you can do some days is put one foot in front of another. Honour your efforts, and embrace patience; it is after all a profound guide and friend on the road of survival.