No one looks forward to medical examinations. Who in their right minds will skip and jump joyfully into a medical research facility?

Adhering to the advice of my gynaecologist, I am to go for a mammogram this afternoon. My last one was 7 years ago. And I do know enough people who did not survive cancer. The memory of them helps me face any necessary preventive care procedures with calmness.

The two medical staff I encountered were friendly and did their work very diligently. I have to admit that this thoroughness made me worry and uneasy at times. Thankfully, I was told right away that everything is in order. Those were the loveliest Dutch words of the day! Amen!

Health, Simplify

Preventive Care

“Sometimes we detect things at the early stages and it will be manageable,” said my doctor. “Alright then set me up for the mammography,” I replied, making a you won face. Even though I am not at risk of having breast cancer, it is best to get the screening done. Last time was seven years ago!

I had my bi-annual OB-GYN check up done yesterday. And before I left the hospital, a mammography has been set up in mid-April. In the next few months, I will need to make an appointment for a yearly dental check up. Maybe I will also throw in a general medical check up and had my eyes tested this year.

Preventive healthcare is annoying as hell. No one likes them, many are scared of them, but they are damn necessary. As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure.”. Nobody is getting younger…

Belgium, Food & Drinks, Health

March Ahead

The month of February has come and gone in a wink of an eye. And I have successfully participated and lived through a campaign known as Tournée Minérale. This being my second time participating in the movement, I know beforehand that a month of not drinking alcohol is really not difficult. Just like in 2017, I was determined enough to say no to the temptations that crossed my path. Alcohol is not such a big deal in my life. The alcohol-less month will actually make me drink less in the long run. Win-win!

Since today is the first day of March, I may normally allow myself an alcoholic drink. However, I am not because I need to make up for that one day at the Bruges Beer Festival.

I might drink tomorrow. Or maybe a week from now. Since the days are still grey and gloomy, that refreshing glass of alcoholic drink is not necessarily and may wait…

Health, Jibber Jabber

Cold Phase Four

It has been four days since I caught a cold from D. I was counting my blessings the first three days because all I had was some sneezing, a slightly sore throat and mild congestion. In comparison, I was doing rather well.

Today, things took a turn for the worse. I woke up from a restless night sleep, my head feeling heavy and pressured. After I read (an activity which is also a habit), my vision got blurry. I do not feel that well and I do not like it.

Maybe I should give up the struggle to stay upright and active; and go take a nap. It is, after all, a luxury I can afford.

Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Calligraphy, Math & Python

I am one of those people who will never get tired (nor too old) of learning and improving my skills.

This morning, I practiced calligraphy on unwanted paper. This way, I may reduce and recycle the paper mountain ever so slowly and also improve my brush strokes. Writing Chinese characters has always been a challenge to me since my primary school days. In my younger days, I could never find the time nor patience to achieve a decent standard in calligraphy. Maybe now…

In the afternoon, I did some online mathematics quizzes. Damn, it felt like playing an intriguing computer game. After that quick hour of math, I went on to the next challenge I set up for myself. I began to look into and try to learn a programming language called Python. I already know six human languages, why not learn a non-human one and see how far that goes?

It is never too late to learn something.

Food & Drinks, Health, Simplify

No Breakfast

I grew up believing that breakfasts are the most important meals of the day. That one’s life will be unhealthy and duly shortened if one skips this very important meal.

One of my unpleasant childhood memories would be the mornings when I had to force myself to eat before school. There was also that disgusting feeling of having to puke afterwards because I ate hastily and under pressure…

According to this article, my responses toward breakfasts were not entirely abnormal. I have always believe that my body knows itself well. That I do not eat breakfast because I just simply do not need that meal so early in the day!

So from now on, I shall not feel bad for not having a meal in the morning. It is okay if lunch becomes the first meal of my day.

Belgium, Creative Business, Health

Third Option

Yesterday, I phoned the local hospital to make an appointment for a medical check-up. The call went first to a language option menu where I may choose Dutch, French or English! Ten years here and I suddenly have an option of using English to book my appointment.

Well the funny thing is that I chose Dutch in the end. It just felt more normal speaking Dutch to a Flemish receptionist. And I have practised the sentences so many times in my head before the call. Besides, I have had made similar calls in the past years without encountering any issues.

The English option offered by the hospital did surprise me. This may mean that the hospital is becoming more global – possessing experts who cater to a diversity of patients. A good thing then.

Health, Simplify

A Healthy Pace

A lot of people experience the accomplishment complex during the end of the year. Most of us have sadly ended up procrastinating over the grand plans and wishes we have made in the beginning of the year, and now feeling extremely guilty for being an underachiever.

Not me man… I have learned from the flu of 2018. From now till New Year’s Day, I shall pace myself and not overdo anything. Life is too short to be running around like a headless chicken and jeopardizing my precious health. Saying no, delaying things and taking baby steps are the way to go…

Food & Drinks, Health

Warm Honey Water

I woke up with a sore throat this morning, suspecting that I might have been infected by D’s mom who was having a coughing fit this past weekend.

Well, there is nothing I can do about it but to let it run its course. To sooth my aching throat, I am drinking warm honey water. This warm drink is an age old remedy which helps lessen the effects of coughs and colds. I drink to a speedy recovery.