Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wake up call #2.

A couple of months ago, I wrote my first blog post. Entitled 'DO IT NOW', it was a request for everyone to stop delaying, stop putting things off, stop saying 'later, later'. I was glad to see comments that the message hit home with some of you. Sadly, I have no doubt that procrastination was a huge factor in Rob's very premature death.

In the weeks since he left us, I have had some conversations with other widows, whose husbands or partners also died from heart attacks. I discovered a pattern through those conversations. This may be a huge generalization, but it seems that (many) men have either a fear of doctors, medical tests and check-ups or simply a false sense of invincibility.

What is it about doctors that is so terrifying? Is it a fear of learning that something could be wrong? That there could be trouble ahead? Is it a feeling that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'? Whatever 'it' is, I wonder if these men have thought about the devastation that would result if something did, indeed break. If it turned out that they weren't invincible after all. Maybe it's time for these men to re-think the whole avoidance-of-doctors thing and consider the unthinkable...what if...before it's too late.