Bill Young urges you to not delay doctors visits and take their advice
It's great to hear that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is back on the sideline and doing okay, after missing the first two games of the season.
As John Helsley of The Oklahoman points out, an (almost undetected) aneurysm was what kept Young off of the sideline. What started as a routine visit to the doctor taught Young a valuable lesson that we can all learn from.
Don't put off going to the doctor, and always follow your doctor's advice.
"The doctor said I was a walking time bomb,” Young explained. “If your doctor recommends something, he's a lot smarter than you are, and I almost didn't listen. And I'm sure I'd have lived to regret it.”
The most dangerous aspect of aneurysm's is that they sometimes have no symptoms. They have been known to cause strokes, or lead to disability and even death. Young had one the size of a thumbnail right between the eyes that would have gone undetected if it weren't for a doctors decision (and help from Young's wife) to do a routine MRI to rule out any existence of aneurysms, of which he has a family history.
Young said that it was $500 that had originally deterred him from getting an MRI. Despite having an aneurysm burst during a workout back in 1982, Young insisted he didn't need an MRI, but thankfully his wife was persisent.
“It's like $500 to get an MRI. I thought, ‘Why would I spend $500 to get an MRI? That (previous aneurysm) was 30 years ago. It's the smart thing to do. Looking back on it, it was being idiotic to have even considered not doing it.”
Recently, Young went back in for a routine checkup and was given a clean bill of health, and says that he will continue to get checked regularly.
“I'm just so grateful and thankful that I had such great care. It's really comforting to know there are people out there to give you great care when you need it." Young said.
“I've been big-time lucky, twice now. The first time I was really lucky because it burst," Young said, referring to his first aneurysm. “So take care of yourself, you only get one body.”
As we all know, coaching is an awesome yet stressful profession where it's easy to get caught up in wins and losses and preparing a group of young men for game day, and ultimately, life after football. Several health scares in the profession over the past few seasons serve as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to make an impact on young mens lives, provide for our families, and coach a game that we all love.
Bill Young realizes that now, and it should serve as a reminder to all of us to take care of ourselves, get checked regularly, and follow your doctors advice.