CONGRATULATIONS to those who passionately use Men’s Health Week to shame us slackers into getting serious about life.
Why does it take Men’s Health Week to prompt people such as me to take a serious look at our health?
In my case it’s a dangerous recipe of laziness, seasoned with a little fear of what that check up might reveal. Stupid, isn’t it?
Two years ago Bendigo Community Health nurse practitioner Peter Strange gave me a thorough consultation at the Eaglehawk clinic for a Men’s Health Week promotion story. It was so easy.
Peter ordered me to pathology for some blood tests... I’m embarrassed to say I never went.
In November last year I was ordered by my doctor to have blood tests as part of a routine check up.
I did go for the tests but stupidly had breakfast when fasting was the order of the day.
The doctor’s order for the blood tests sat on my bedside table until three weeks ago when I finally decided to get them done. After having the blood tests I didn’t have the drive to return for the results until the doctor summoned me back to the clinic yesterday.
Yep, I’m overweight. Yep, I don’t exercise enough. Absolutely, I worry about what life will deliver in coming years.
Even worse, I know my wife and family worries far more than I do.
The truth is I feared what those results would reveal. In the end the results were mostly good, except for some attention needed on bringing that cholesterol down a point.
It’s something I can now work on.
Don’t be a slacker. Make that doctor appointment for your sake and most importantly to stop your family worrying... you know they are.