I think therefore I am? – Homeostasis

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Humans are good at maintaining homeostasis and keeping things in balance. This includes the levels of various biochemicals in our bloodstream, blood pressure, body temperature, and sitting/standing/walking balance. The human body has many different organ systems with various functions and constant adjustments are made to keep us all in good running order.

When you are unwell the homeostasis may not work as well. You end up with fevers and may become dizzy and lose physical balance. Emotional balance can also be upset and uncomfortable feelings may be revealed. When things get really out of balance physical falls can occur. A high blood calcium level can be dangerous. Threatening both quantity of life, and quality of life.

The balancing act of life cannot be continued, the tight rope has become too steep to climb, the distance too far. Despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing can stop the fall. The situation’s gravity reminds us that what goes up must come down. How arrogant are we mere humans to think we could control Nature? State-of-the-art treatments may be offered but there aren’t many guarantees in this life. In the end, we all fall and cannot get up again. We can’t stop the fall, but maybe we can soften the impact of it with the care we provide. Let’s keep on trying.

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