Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A bump in the road

Having taken a few baby steps towards taking the scary medical, my quest hit it's first hurdle this week.  I had signed up to my local GP and asked that they do some basic health screening for me.  Straightaway I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, my blood was also sent away for analysis.  The Doctor advised me to take up more exercise, eat better, minimise my alcohol intake and generally act in a healthier manner.

So I went away joined a gym, ate lots of salad and drank little other than water.  With a blood pressure monitor at home I was able to watch the readings slowly fall away.  Things were generally great, right up until the moment I telephoned the surgery to change my follow up appointment.  "Abnormal blood readings" were the words the receptionist used that froze my heart!

I spent the next two weeks worrying about what the prognosis of the "Abnormal blood readings" might be, thankfully the Doctor was able to very quickly assure me that nothing was wrong.  But my blood pressure does seem to go all over the place in a medical surrounding.

Moving forward my health kick continues, and we wait and see as to whether or not I'll need medication.

Meantime the I have the notes for panel Doctors undertaking the medical to keep me awake at night!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Debt Free

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've had a number of debts that I wanted to clear before moving to Australia.  Having decided at the beginning of August (around the time I also started writing this blog), to make a concerted push for my Defacto Spouse Visa, my son's Australia citizenship and passport and to generally start planning for the move I also focused all my spare cash at my remaining debt.  With a little lot of help from my partner and eBay, I was able to clear the last £5K in three months.  Now to start building my savings up to a more respectable level.