Health Hats the Podcast – Fearless Medical Coach. Symptom Goals


Welcome to Health Hats, the Podcast. I am Danny van Leeuwen, a two-legged, cisgender, old, white man of privilege, who knows a little about a lot of healthcare and a lot about very little. We will listen and learn about what it takes to adjust to life’s realities in the awesome circus of healthcare. Let’s make some sense of all this.

Shiri ben Arzi: Fearless Medical Coach, Storyteller. Getting to Yes

So, for me, this is about leaving the world in a better place, when I’m gone, than when I came, so that’s the goal I chose. Doing it mostly with medical coaching, but I also do that, personally. After that experience, I became, in a way, fearless. I’m not afraid of dying. I’m not afraid of pain. God knows I’m used to pain. I know how to deal with it. I hate it. If there’s one thing that I am, one thing that might frighten me is living an unfulfilled life and something happening to my daughter. That scares me. Fear did come back after I became a mother, but the meaning is that I seek to promote goodness in everything that I do. And it was also learning to be good to myself. We talked about self-love. Be good to me and love myself and loving myself is not at others’ expense because self-love is not selfishness.

When it comes to my health decisions, then I know that there are certain things I’ve learned how I like things done, and I permit myself to be the expert on my health. I’m not a doctor. This is why I have a fantastic doctor. I love him to bits. He’s been such an amazing ally for me for over ten years. I have other people to assist me, but ultimately, I take full responsibility, yes, full ownership for the things that I know, for the things that I don’t know, for asking for help. I know that taking care of myself is another way of being aligned with my goal to promote goodness to the world in a slightly better place. I need to take care of myself.

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Danny Health Hats: Destination: Best Health. Life Goals. Symptom Goals

I have symptom goals as well. Symptoms like pain. As far as pain goes, I’d prefer to have no pain, but that isn’t realistic for me. I have a love hate relationship with opioids just like I have with steroids. They’re magic for a minute, and then absolutely awful. I get depressed, unpleasant to live with, and constipated. So, my goal is to prevent or reduce my pain to the point that the pain doesn’t consume me. Consume me, means that I can’t do anything. Mostly, I try to keep pain below a threshold where I can live life – activity, music, mood, not falling – my personal goals. Staying below that threshold means have regular habits that work for me – manage my weight, daily exercise routine, chiropractic, meaningful work, socialization (I’m an extrovert), liberal use of Tylenol and Ibuprofen, heat, cold, and vibration.

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Contributors: Shiri ben Arzi, Danny van Leeuwen