Being so anal about your health seems like an overkill, too much work and pretty pointless. A couple of years ago, I would’ve probably agreed, but when you’ve gone through a serious health issue and faced uncertainty for a couple of days, weeks or even months, preventative health care suddenly seems like an excellent option.
The benefits of checking in on my health go beyond detecting issues at an early stage, it’s also about experiencing piece of mind. While there’s millions of health markers to track and too many ways to define health I can wrap my head around, for the sake of simplicity, I decided create a personalized plan.
That means only tracking things that I’ve had issues with in the past – known weaknesses. It’s an investment in long-term health and as such an absolute TOP priority – despite costs and discomfort.
The Tracking Process
Dentist – 3x/Year
Seriously, I know people that haven’t been to the dentist in years. I don’t want to be one of them – ever. Not that I have big issues with my teeth, but there’s minor problems with my gums that I want to get looked at by an expert on a regular basis. I consider teeth very, very important and fixing anything dental-related can quickly become expensive.
Unlimited dental checkups are covered by my insurance, there’s literally no reason not to make use of it. In addition to the checkups, I will also take pictures on a monthly basis in order to monitor changes related to my gums. Again, this is a personal issue and since changes occur very slowly I would probably not notice a difference without looking at the pics.
It’s a great way of seeing at which rate the gums recede and what I need to prepare for.
STD Check – 1x/Year
I might fuck a series of girls in a row – Bangkok (11 in ~ 2 weeks) – but when I am not on the road, the only thing that’s putting my penis at risk is not washing my hands before jerking off. Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases is very important since many of them come with no symptoms at all. At the same time it’s probably enough getting tested only after a sex trip.
Never would I fuck a girl without a condom, but getting a blowjob is an entirely different thing. I know it’s not a good idea, hell, I don’t even like getting my meat sucked. Sometimes though, it’s just too tempting to put your dick in a girls mouth when she’s lying next to you looking so innocent.
Full Blood Panel – 1x/Year
Significant and measurable changes in the blood take at least a couple of months to be visible on tests. When changing diet or lifestyle, it’s always wise to have a look at specific markers such as Vitamin D3 (I’ve had horribly low levels), Magnesium, Testosterone, etc. – but again, once a year will do the trick.
This is just to notice if things were to go south. My diet is pretty consistent anyway, so doing it more often would be an overkill. Unfortunately, this isn’t something covered by my insurance. One full blood panel is probably a couple hundred if not thousand Euro, so last time I simply went to my GP and mentioned “erectile dysfunction”.
The letter of referral just said “check hormones”, but the laboratory people didn’t know what it meant specifically so I just ended up telling them a whole list of markers that need to be tested. It all worked out fine and I saved a decent amount of cash.
Kidney Issues – 1x/Year
Again, nothing severe but I’ve had back pain a couple of years ago which turned out to be caused by my kidneys. I didn’t notice anything ever since, but the doctor’s recommendation was to come in for a checkup once a year. That’s no effort at all and what I’ll stick to.
The first time I went to the hospital for this issue, I got to experience a urethra catheter.
Picture this: 12 inch tube put INSIDE your penis, all the way up to your stomach.
Even worse, last time, the nurse too it out too early by accident and had to put it in an hour later.
The lesson? Avoid AT ALL COSTS.