Hopefully it’ll be the results of the blood tests I had done yesterday.
I didn’t know this but in Australia, if you’re between the ages of 45 and 50 you’re entitled to a free health check/assessment with your doctor. Being 50 soon I almost slipped through the cracks but the surgery rang and told me about it so I thought I may as well do it. The sister told me it was good for – people like me – who don’t go to the doctor until they’re sick as opposed to those who race there at the first whiff of an ache or pain and seeing as how I’m never sick, I haven’t been for a long, long time.
Anyway so it’s an hour-long appointment and first you see the sister and she takes your height, weight, waist measurement and blood pressure. Then she goes through a list of questions regarding your diet, exercise, smoking, drinking and family health and gives you an assessment of your risk of diabetes, heart disease and other nasty things that usually end up killing us. You can chat about any concerns you have and then you have 15 minutes with your doctor and they follow-up on anything that’s emerged that needs attention and then they take some blood and test you for everything and that’s that.
I said – So I’ll see you when I hit the 50 – 55 age group and she said – not; the government doesn’t offer you another chance until you turn 70. So I have to stay healthy for another 20 years.
I’m not expecting anything too awful but I am expecting my cholesterol to be high because it always is. The first call back I had for high cholesterol levels was when I was in my early 20’s and there it has stayed despite me not eating meat or dairy or takeaway food. So I’m not going to worry too much about it unless my normal high level is higher than high.
So it’s a good idea to take up the offer I think – if you’re between 45 and 50 give your doctor a call and set it up.