Every so often in life, you stumble over a road block that sets you back. Sometimes, you don’t even notice said road block straight up and it takes a friend, loved one or even a Doctor to help you see the light. Having worked on cancer wards, in spinal units, metal health services, refugee services and a number of other areas that revolve around those in need, I’ve always been a great advocate of keeping oneself in check by committing to a healthy lifestyle and keeping on top of things when it comes to matters of health. There’s always going to be someone worse off than me I thought.
For the past 2 years now, I have been constantly tired, fatigued, worn out, struggled to keep weight off and sometimes irritable. I put it down to long hours at work, excessive travel, running, gym and always being on the go. I figured it would sooner or later clear and I would be back to my fighting best. As the weeks rolled into months and even more months, I began to grow a little worried as to exactly what was wrong with me. Still, I failed to book in for a health check up. As the recent summer and festive season rolled past, I found myself sleeping more and more and constantly feeling run down like never before. It got so bad that I thought it was time to finally see a Doctor and get to the bottom of things.
Blood tests completed, I headed off overseas for my recent travel adventure knowing the results of the tests would be in when I returned home. What I found upon getting back to Oz was that I had an under active thyroid gland which was the root of all my problems. Slow metabolism, weight gain, easily irritated, fatigue and long periods of sleep with no reward. Why the hell didn’t I get these bloods done sooner I pondered over the past week. The past 2 years of complete frustration could have been avoided had I got my check ups done sooner.
It’s so important to have your health checked on a regular basis. You just never know what may be lurking beneath your skin that could be setting you and your health back. A routine health check takes less than 20 minutes with your Doctor and blood tests can be completed in just a few minutes. There’s no real point holding the “invincible” tag up because your body has a mind of its own and you have very little say in what your body does regardless of how active and healthy a life you choose to lead. I feel like I have wasted the best part of two years trying to simply soldier on. I’ve learnt thought, that there is no shame in admitting defeat and seeking out help. So, what’s holding you back?