09 February, 2010

More medical adventures

I mentioned once before the stringent medicals we frequently undergo in the missionary line of work. Today I had a follow-up on the medical I had in December. Another interesting encounter with the medical-kind. I met a haematologist. The routine blood test I had in December came up with a couple of slight irregularities, therefore I had to get it checked by a specialist. His basic opinion, after he heard my occupation and we chatted about Japan for a bit, was that while my occupation was interesting, my blood is basically "boring". That is, to a man accustomed to dealing with serious blood conditions, I am very healthy and in no need, even of a repeat blood test. Phew! This isn't the first time we've had intersting medical appointments. Over the last 12 years we've collectively seen a cardiologist, radiologist, urologist, and paediatrician as a result of medicals. We've had multiple immunisation (including one several times over for it refuses to cause immunity), blood tests, x-rays and unmentionable probing. Even an invasive 24 hour cardiac test. Interestingly, not long ago my husband concluded that he was healthier than he was 12 years ago and probably as a result of regular medicals. There is something to being questioned, poked and probed, weighed and measured on a regular basis, that motivates you to take better care of yourself.

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