At night when I am home with the kids and we are just hanging out, we usually listen to music. And while there is nothing wrong with those fantastic "Kids Bop" CDs and the such, I like to expose them to all different kinds of music, genres, etc.
My oldest son Anthony is on some meds right now as he recovers from a sinus infection, and the bottle informs us that we are to "shake well" before using. Thus we put on some music to shake medicine by:
And then thanks to the "recommended videos" links provided by the fine people of You Tube, we were directed to this gem of a video:
Most people do something fun to kick off the summer. Some go on vacation, others barbecue and hang out in the back yard. Me? I had a colonoscopy.
Not necessarily the way I would recommend to start off a summer, but at the same time, is there truly a good "time of year" to have a colonoscopy? However, there actually is a right answer when it comes to "when is the right time" to get it done.
1) When your doctor says to do it.
2) After your 40th birthday (especially if you are a man)
3) Sooner if you have a family history of colon cancer or other GI related issues.
But most people won't get it done. And most men don't want to talk to their doctor's about it. This is why I am supporting the Movember movement this November by growing a mustache to raise awareness (and much needed funds) for men's health issues.
Just consider these facts:
- A man dies from prostate cancer every 17 1/2 minutes
- A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer
- If treated early on, the chances of surviving prostate and testicular cancer are high (as high as 95%)
But here is the issue. Men don't talk to their doctors. Hell, many men don't go to see doctors period. And frankly, there is no good reason why. It is just dumb. And it is even dumber to risk death because of whatever excuse you (or your husband, boyfriend, sibling, co-worker, etc) is giving to not go and see the doctor and have a few routine tests.
I can speak from experience. No, a colonoscopy wasn't the time of my life. But honestly, it wasn't bad either. My root canal hurt way worse and truly, thanks to some powerful (and awesome) drugs, I don't remember a thing (or most anything from the entire day).
If you can, help me not only raise awareness for men's health issues, but also help me raise a little bit of funds for it as well. You can donate to my Movember page at the link below:
I believe in this so much that I even got the ball rolling myself with a small donation. That's how much I believe in this. I'm not asking you to do something that I am not supporting myself.
So go ahead, skip Starbucks tomorrow or have one less beer at the bar and throw a few bucks my way. Not only will it do your heart some good this November, but it will help to do some good for men across the United States.
No matter what your stance, political beliefs, opinions of our government and/or its national and foreign policies or the military in general, we can hopefully all agree on this point: Thank God for our military personnel and our veterans.
You can have all the issues you like with how the government is running the military or with what foreign wars and conflicts we are involved in, but let's be honest, I don't want to do their job. And even if I did want to, I'm not sure I could (both mentally and physically). But there are good and fine upstanding men and women across our great land that are willing to answer the call of duty, and on this Veterans Day I hope that you can take just a minute of your time and think about the sacrifices our military members make for our freedom. And I'm not even talking about the risk of injury and death. Think about the Dad or Mom who leaves their families for months at a time. Think about the family who moves across the country every few years for a new assignment, and then think about their kids who have to make new friends and attend new schools. Sacrifices come in all shapes and sizes, and a lot of what we ask our military members and families to do we would not be willing to do ourselves.
So with that in mind...thank you. Thank you very much.
Chris Thomas is a full-time teacher, part-time freelance writing, father of three, and most importantly, a very, very tired man.
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