Thursday, March 19, 2009
Ok - This is Serious! Get Yourself Checked Out!
As a startup entrepreneur, not only am I busy, but I'm also poor. So, although my Dad hounds me to get a physical yearly, I often push back because my insurance doesn't cover the lab work. Well last week I decided to give blood, which you all should do once in a while. As a side effect of giving blood, they give you your total cholesterol measurements. I thought that was a great way to kill two birds. Make sure I'm healthy and save a life! Or two, since I gave red blood cells this time around.
Well, I'm not so sure about the healthy part anymore. My cholesterol came back and it was off the charts. Almost literally. You can't feel it when you have high cholesterol. And since I'm young, I often feel invincible. I guess I just hit that age where it's time to be concerned about my health and well being. I want to be around when Vyoo takes over the world!
So what's this mean for me? I'm not sure. I need to tell my Dad...though I may put it off until he reads this. I know the first thing I'm going to do though. I'm cutting quite a bit of cheese out of my diet. See, I'm a cheese addict. And I've always been comfortable with that. I always order extra cheese on my pizza. I eat chunks of cheese, straight from the cheese block in my fridge. I just assumed I processed the cholesterol quickly - because about 4 years ago, my cholesterol was great. And I ate a ton of cheese then too. It's certainly going to be a lifestyle change, but a good one.
I also went for a checkup last week. And I'm not going to share the utter violation that was a prostate exam with you. I'll just let you imagine. But now I have a lab slip and I'll be going for a thorough fasting blood workup next week.
Anyway, I urge you all to go. Preventive medicine is the best kind.
And if you're poor...or not. Go give blood. You'll get a free cholesterol checkup.
Blood Donation Centers:
Blood Centers of the Pacific (Northern California)
Red Cross (Nationwide)