The Dis-Ease of Perception

I came across a reading the other day that said things are not as bad as you think. I had a chuckle when I read it because there have been many times that my thoughts have led me down the path of catastrophic thinking and created a whirlwind of unnecessary anxiety. Some of us who are alcoholics in 12-step recovery call it faulty wiring or the dis-ease of perception. For whatever reason, our thoughts can convince us that things are not as they appear.

Alcoholic or not, our interpretations, perceptions, and opinions are part of who we are as an individual. I think that our experiences in life create a lens that helps each and every one of us see life and the world around us in a unique and personal way that is never the same as the next person. What is not so unique is that regardless of our lens that we see life through, many of us have struggled at times with separating truth from fiction in situations. We are neurobiologically hardwired for story and if we don’t have one, our brain will make up one. We all do it! When we become uncomfortable in a situation or feel triggered by emotion, it is our automatic response to try and make sense of the emotions we are having. The key is to decipher which stories are fact-based and which are not. 

Has there ever been a time you thought someone was talking bad about you, and it turned out they were not even talking about you at all? Or a situation where you felt like someone’s behavior was intentionally trying to anger you, but their behavior had nothing to do with you at all?

I remember a time that I missed an email that went

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Do adults really need tetanus booster shots? – Harvard Health Blog

If you haven’t had a tetanus booster shot in the past decade, your doctor may recommend getting one. Many people think of a tetanus shot as something you only need if you step on a rusty nail. Yet even in the absence of a puncture wound, this vaccine is recommended for all adults at least every 10 years. But why? A group of researchers recently questioned whether you need to repeat tetanus vaccines on a regular schedule.

What is a tetanus booster?

Booster shots are repeat vaccinations you receive after your first series of immunizations as a child. Protection from certain vaccines can wane over time, which is why doctors advise boosters. The tetanus vaccine is not just for tetanus though. It’s bundled with a vaccine for diphtheria and sometimes one for pertussis (the bacteria that causes whooping cough).

What are tetanus and diphtheria?

Tetanus and diphtheria are rare but serious diseases that can cause severe complications in those infected.

Tetanus, sometimes known as “lockjaw,” is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. When this bacteria invades the body, it can produce a toxin that leads to painful muscle tightening and stiffness. In severe cases, it can lead to trouble breathing, seizures, and death. Tetanus does not spread from person to person. Usually it enters the body through contaminated breaks in the skin — stepping on a nail that has the bacteria on it, for example. There are about 30 reported cases of tetanus in the US each year. These cases almost always occur in adult patients who have never received a tetanus vaccine, or adults who have not been up to date on their 10-year booster shots.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by a type of bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Diphtheria

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