My husband is a helicopter pilot.
I have had many people say to me once I have told them what my husband does for a living, “Don’t you get worried about him flying around up there?”
My answer.. “No”.
I mean, he isn’t building his little chop-chop out of rope and marine ply. He flies a professionally maintained machine and knows what he is doing. It is no different than driving to work each day, but with far less traffic.
Okay, it is a little different and I don’t like to see anything about helicopter crashes on the news or social media but when he heads off to work I never sit at home and worry that he might not come back. He is a fully trained professional, flying a machine maintained by a highly skilled and experienced team of engineers for a very reputable company. Their checklists are enormous and maintenance maintained.
With so many checklists for my husband before he flies and for the engineers before they release the helicopter, why should I be worried about what my husband does during his workdays when he doesn’t do a checklist for anything else he uses?
Thinking about it, isn’t the machine we use every minute of each day worthy of its own monthly checklist?
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It is not the occupation but more the FIFO (fly in/fly out) lifestyle that can take a toll on my husband’s health. He is a big boy and certainly tries to look after himself, but working split shifts and cooking for one can allow your good intentions to tumble. It can be quite a challenge to keep up routines and nourishing practices.
Gosh, I know for a fact how onto it I need to be here with the two kids. It is easy to slip into “anything meals” and hermit activities.
With a New Year comes renewal and in 2016 it is time to get on top of our health and know our numbers.
The National Stoke Foundation is encouraging us to keep on top of our health and be aware of how we are travelling this new year. It runs a program called Know your numbers across Queensland. Know your numbers provides free blood pressure checks, and diabetes and cardiovascular risk assessments at local pharmacies and community sites. You can find your nearest location by clicking here.
They’ve also created these awesome free printables for download – health trackers to help you Know your numbers in 2016.
If you’re not in Queensland, you can visit your GP or check with your local pharmacy and ask for the same health check.
The stats are scary; One person in Australia suffers stoke every 10 minutes and more women and men die of stroke than breast or prostate cancer. This numbers game is important.
First up, there is your blood pressure. It is so simple to do at your local pharmacy and something that anyone over the age of 35 should check regularly. I love getting my blood pressure checked. I know, a little strange. Maybe I have some underlying desire there. Psychologists look away.
Then there are your numbers in the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool, a self-assessment to help predict your risk level. I will be getting to know this tool over the years. After having gestational diabetes with my second child and diagnosed family members, I am very aware that my risk of developing type 2 diabetes is elevated, though also knowing the fact that type 2 is a preventable illness, the possibility of me developing it is within my control.
Last up are the icky but necessary numbers, your waist measurement and weight. Bleurgh! I hate knowing but in the comfort of your own home it’s your little secret. I will hide my checklist like my teenage diaries!
So know your numbers in 2016 – download the free health trackers and go and get checked.
It is your checklist before you take your machine out for a fly.
Do you keep track of any of your numbers already?