Recognize and respect your limitsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-blog/MY01728
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"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Recognize and respect your limits
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
A prominent shoe company tells us that there is no finish line and no limit to what we can do. If we really buy into this, it's a recipe for disaster. Let me explain.
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Several months ago, a very fit woman in her early 50s was advised to have routine gynecologic surgery. Although the surgery was not complicated, it did require general anesthesia. So the patient was advised that the minimum recuperative period was about eight weeks and to expect her energy level to take time to bounce back. In addition, there would be restrictions on lifting and driving.
Unfortunately, the patient didn't heed this advice. She kept up her very demanding professional schedule involving travel, book signings, and engagements with companies and institutions. Because she was relatively young and certainly fit, she thought she could ignore the doctors' advice. The outcome was predictable.
Speaking engagements were canceled, ticket sales had to be refunded, and convention managers were not happy campers. In short, the patient was unable to honor her commitments.
So the lesson is very clear: There are limits to what you can do. When you exceed those limits, the results are predictable. It may seem counterintuitive, but you must take care of yourself to avoid letting others down.blog index