The BJJ Cavewife received a call on her day off to see if she could go into work to cover her colleague who called in sick. Since she is a wonderful and thoughtful and considerate person she dropped all of her plans and went into work.
She only found out later that her colleague, a gentleman in his early 60s, suddenly developed chest pain the day before at work. He tried to ignore it and work through the pain, but he looked so terrible that the staff forced him to go to the hospital.
Luckily they did because when he was evaluated, he was found to have over 90% blockages in 3 of his coronary vessels. These are the vessels that provide blood to the heart. When these vessels become blocked, that’s when you get a heart attack.
He was on the cusp of having an all out heart attack. Luckily the doctors were able to place stents across the blockages to prevent any long term damage.
Close call if you ask me.
Now I’ve never met this person, but from what I can gather from what the BJJ Cavewife says, he’s a workaholic. While he’s doing well financially, he’s obese and his health does not seem to be one of his priorities.
I see this happen a lot, even with my own colleagues. It’s so easy to get focused on the next paycheck, next house, next car, next job, and next widget, that you lose track of the most important thing: your health.
The moment your health goes, nothing else matters.
This is the trap I try so hard to avoid.
Tim Ferriss likes to say something to the effect of: “if you’re taking your car in for servicing more often than you are getting a check up on your health, your priorities are drastically out of alignment.”
This always stuck with me.
Hence my regular blood tests. I’m doing what I can to stay on top of any issues and nip them in the bud before they become irreversible.
High hemoglobin A1c? Ok, now I can test my blood sugar regularly to see if it’s due to a high blood sugar or something else… and I now I know it’s due to my red blood cells living long and healthy lives.
Low Vitamin D? Ok, now I know it’s time go get outside more and start supplementing.
Our hectic schedules make it too easy to fall into the trap of neglecting your health. Just don’t do it. The moment your health goes, you’ll realize all of the things that were keeping you busy and taking up your time are meaningless.
Don’t fall into the same trap that the BJJ Cavewife’s colleague did and so many other people continue to fall in.
Be vigilant and proactive about what’s going on with your body. Nip things in the bud when you can.
An ounce of prevention and all that…