Every year my husband organises to get a full check up and blood test done for himself.
And every year he lovingly pesters me to get mine done too.
(In case you didn’t know, my husband had cancer twice and he had lots of chemotherapy in the past, so he’s quite passionate about managing his health… and making sure his family and friends look after their health too!)
So yep, I get a full health check up every year.
It is mostly just a blood test.
I simply request the test from my doctor. And I am tested for everything from cholesterol, to hormone levels, thyroid, blood count, iron, vitamin levels, electrolytes, liver function, glucose, tumour markers and more.
I believe the tests were all covered under Medicare (that is, free).
There are other specific check ups, like breast and cervical screening tests, eye checks, skin checks and dental care. But I do those on a separate schedule.
My Overall Result:
I have excellent health! Yay!
My cholesterol levels are great – I was a bit nervous about this result, because I eat a lot of meat and corresponding saturated fats. Did you see what I did there? I should have said: because, I eat a lot of FRIED CHICKEN.
I have very low Vitamin D (essential for strong bones) – and I was instructed to take supplements, at a specified dosage.
I have very low Iron – and instructed to take supplements, at a specified dosage.
Then I’ll have to go get another blood check in 3 months to check my levels.
My Overall Health Plan:
Not much to change.
I don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol. I eat low sugar/low carbs/low processed foods, eat a wide variety of nutritious meals, eat everything in moderation, and eat small portions.
In terms of exercise, I should probably do a bit more aerobic and cardio each week.
Good health is so precious and I am so grateful for it.
At the end of last year, I was really sick for a week. I was completely run down for 3-4 weeks after that. It took me so long to get better. I got quite depressed thinking it was the beginning of the end.
It was finally happening! I’M GETTING OLD! My body was giving up on me! It was all down hill from here! I’m turning into a little, frail, old lady! This is how it’s going to be! Nooooo!
Thankfully I got better.
So here I am, bouncing out of bed at 6:30am, looking out the window, saying good morning to the sun and thankful for each brand new day.