Which brings me to today's checklist item: my own (or your own) health. Like most parents, when Mom gets sick...it doesn't really matter. She still does the laundry, she still shuttles the little bits to and from school (and extra curricular activities), she still cooks, helps with homework, and doesn't ever complain or ask for (or get) a sick day. I think the only time I have ever asked for any sort of "Mom Reprieve" is when I've had a particularly bad strain of a stomach flu, and even then I nibbled on saltines, sipped ginger ale, and drove kids to school...then came home and collapsed. Then got up and wiped everything down with a good dose of bleach.
I am turning...42. (Yes, and why hide my age when my lovely kindergartner will tell you not only how old she is but in the same breath tell you how old I am. Proudly tell you how old I am). But I have done a horrible job of taking care of myself. I haven't had my
- blood pressure screening
- cholesteroll screening
- diabetes screening
- eye exam
- pituitary gland check
- hormone levels
So, today: schedule your annual whatever it is you need to schedule. Then keep the appointment. For one moment put yourself first. You aren't a leftover, so stop treating yourself like one. And for the record, I don't like shots either, I don't like having blood work done, and I don't ever get a lollipop when it's over either. But I know that if I'm going to do all the other items on the checklist, and do them well, I need to be well. So, after this blog, time to call the doctor and get my own back to school physical scheduled.
To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear - Buddha