I am now in my third day of my proactive medical plan, having completed another session of Move to Thrive and getting my blood pressure screened. I feel that these proactive medical appointments along with the proactive medical appointments for health education through Kaiser are all a good and legitimate use of my medical leave from Twin Rivers, given that I have current health problems of obesity and high cholesterol that can lead to a shortened life span, and I don’t have any direct classes to teach at the moment, while I wait for my lay-off to finish. So I would mostly be just twiddling my thumbs at work, not being productive to the tax-payers, if I wasn’t doing something. Further, by using the medical leave now, it lowers my future CalSTRS retirement, thus reducing the tax burden slightly to the state.
But because I am using medical leave to complete my proactive medical plan, and I’m getting paid for the time I’m spending on doing the plan, I am treating it and getting results from it as my job, especially since from the teaching contract I can only use medical leave for either being sick or for medical appointments, if I missed a day of doing my preventative medical appointments, I would be out of compliance , and could jeopardize getting paid. (This is especially concerning to me, as I know my use of medical leave for this purpose is innovative and pushing the boundaries of what may be considered a “medical appointment”) I also know that I am giving up part of my retirement for taking this leave, so I need the long-term benefit of my health being improved to outweigh the loss of retirement funding that it will cause.
So far, I am doing well at this new job. While I feel I am not yet fully competent, as any new worker isn’t, I am putting in the time and practice to become experienced, and this should set habits for my future. And as I will discuss in a blog entry coming soon, this motivation and mindset of being work (combined with my good work ethic) , along with other psychological motivators (that I will also soon write about), are all working together to making sure I will get the health results I want.