Here is my other year:
January: Snorkeling is perhaps the scariest thing I have ever done. Not an experience I wish to repeat. An overwhelming feeling of ‘I’m going to drown’ destroyed the first few minutes of wonder.
February: As soon as the temperature falls to freezing I dry up. My skin looks ancient, my hair stands on end, I become a walking, talking static generator. The skin on my hands cracks and bleeds. The solution: smothering my hands with hand cream and popping them into cotton gloves overnight. Except I heat up and have to rip the gloves off because my hands are so sweaty.
March: See February.
April: My head was caught by the lid on the rubbish bin as it was closing. Result: headache which lasted a week. Prognosis: wait 2 more weeks then come back if you’re still having headaches.
May: Returned to doctor who recommended proper eye examination. Eye examination duly followed. Prognosis: left eye is doing all the work. Glasses and quickly!
June: Terrible sunburn to the small of my back. The cycling outfit rides up as I ride along…
July: Realise that body is not quite as resilient as it used to be. The mornings after the night before drag on a lot more these days.
August: Yet another eye exam, this time for my drivers licence. Reason: 45th birthday.
September: Another 45th anniversary inspection: work health this time. Prognosis: keep up the good work, watch out for the winter lazies…
October: Mammogram. I nearly pass out from the pain. Prognosis: all clear, come back in two years or earlier if you feel any suspect lumps.
November: Healthwise nothing exciting. Workwise: too much and no end in sight.
December: See November. Except there is an end in sight. Hooray!!!
Happy New Year / Hyvää Uutta Vuotta!!