It's my birthday!
Just kidding (but you take me out to lunch if you really want to)
We've seen way too many people die in the last couple of years. It sucks. It also sucks that the deadly health conditions came as a surprise to their family members.
That's not cool.
I don't know when I started doing this, but for as far back as I can remember I've been giving myself the gift of health.
I wish this meant that I was not obese and that I exercised 3x/week and ate my daily fruits and veggies and didn't get quite so many units of alcohol. Nope, not so much.
The birthday present I give myself each year is a medical checkup.
There's a lot going on in my daily life and remembering to schedule and getting organized enough to actually GO to that annual checkup can be a challenge. The way I've managed to make this happen year after year is that I schedule everything before my birthday.
Here's my thought process: Birthday coming up, hooray! Ooooh, I better get that dental appointment and pap smear and GP visit on the calendar.
Each little bit of anticipation for my birthday also helps remind me to get in to the lab for the pre-physical bloodwork and to take care of those niggly details.
And presto! Each year for my birthday I have info about my health so I can jump into the next year of life.
All jokes aside, please get in to a doc and check your own risk factors for non-communicable diseases like
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Lung Disease
I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you