Thursday, April 11, 2013
I went through my yearly mine safety training session yesterday. While 99% of what happened is of no real interest here, I do get a free yearly screening and hearing check and then in another year or so I will probably also get a respritory exam to compare against my baseline to make sure I am not getting a lung condition from all of the things associated with mining. Being on an outside crew minimizes this aspect alot so no worries there.
The good news:
My blood work is fantastic!
Total Cholesterol: 138
Total Cholesterol / HDL ratio 3.3
Wow, that was great :) We have a tendency to love the externals of weight loss like we love cars... we love the polish, the clean interior, creature comforts and the new car smell BUT it's what's going on under the hood is what matters in the long run.
So far, my engine is running fine, the oil says so :)
Now for the bad news...
I have seen the charts over the last 5 years and there has been a degradation in my hearing, especially in my right ear. This time it was enough that the nurse told me to stay in the room after everyone else exited. There was real concern and I was rescheduled for a more detailed exam in another week.
I have know this all along but have lived in denial.
I have a hard time hearing conversation above certain conflicting noises like running water in the bathroom. I frustrate people sometimes when on the phone. Im right handed and hold it up to my compromised ear (right) and you know how cell phones get.. can you hear me now? then add in the loss.
I have to switch ears which is awkward.
I'm not hard of hearing yet , not by a long shot, but this is a serious wake up call for me.
After years of being in the military and working the flightline in the '80s, shooting, loud head banging music, and industrial exposure, it has finally begun to catch up with me.
Before I head to work, I wanted to toss this out there... most of us workout while plugged into our MP3 players, or we cannot conceive of running without music because it is like an IV drip of our favorite motivational drug. I would ask you to reconsider before you wind up like me. We love to shrug stuff like this off but sooner or later the reaper will call. Too loud is always a few notches higher that what WE play it at right? Or is it that we have grown so used to a certain level that it takes an extra boost to get the extra "thump" we need to push us down the road a little further.
You know what I'm talking about... don't shrug and play innocent.
Think about it, that's all I'm asking.
What good is it if, when you reach your goals, you cant hear your grandkids, or leaves crunching in the Fall?
Consider and be wise.