But, I get it. Apparently things are a little tight these days. Still, I figured they might get a couple of hundred bucks. Or at least a few comments wishing the boys good luck. Oh well. You don't know unless you try and now we know not to try again. I have a plan though.
So anyhow, I was off to a doctor's appointment yesterday. First time in well over ten years. I try to go for an annual checkup once every ten years whether I need to or not!
With regards to doctor's appointments, I say "if it's not broke, don't fix it".
A lot of people go to the doctor once every year or two for a checkup. They get told things that they already know. "You need to lose weight, get more exercise, stop smoking, eat better food". That sort of thing.
They already know they need to do these things. Why do they need to go to a doctor to get told them again?
I think doctors are great for if you have an accident and break your arm and need surgery or something like that. But for diagnosis of everyday aches and pains? Not so much. Actually, I think their diagnostic abilities generally suck.
So many doctors visits are a total waste of time and resources. I'll give you an example. You know how you're supposed to take your dog to the vet for an annual checkup? The vet charges you a small fortune for this. We had a dog when I was growing up. The family pet was at the vets twice in her whole life. Once to get fixed, and once when she was hit by a car. She lived to almost 18 years old. Would annual vet visits have helped her out? Not likely.
And it's the same thing with people. Get lots of exercise, and learn how to eat properly. For the most part, it's all you can do. You don't need a doctor to tell you that.
So, I went to the doctor's office and filled out the forms. Past medical history, family medical history, do you smoke, what drugs do you currently take. Things like that. They weighed me, and measured my height. All with clothes and boots on. Not very accurate.
Then, in to the exam room where they take my blood pressure. 125/85. The high side of normal. But normal is usually a bit high when they measure you in the doctor's office. Then, the doctor comes in and asks a bunch of questions and you have a little discussion and get to know each other a little bit as he decided what blood tests to do and how to proceed. He's obviously a little concerned that both by grandfathers died in their 60's of heart attacks. It doesn't seem to matter that one of my grandmothers lived to 98! I guess the good news doesn't count. The bad genetics are what we need to worry about.
So I have to go in to get the blood and lab work done. Fasting for ten hours with water only and then in to the lab for 9:00am tomorrow. Then, he'll schedule a full appointment for the poking and prodding part of the complete physical at some point between now and the end of September. He knows we won't be around after that.
Then, my guess is that he'll tell me that my cholesterol is too high and give me a list of things to do to lower it naturally. Get more exercise, and eat lots of broccoli. Things like that. But I already do those things, so he'll want to prescribe Lipitor or some other drug the same way the guy ten years ago did. And again, I won't take it.
So, I'm not confident that this experience will be anything more than a waste of time and resources unless he surprises me by telling me that I'm dying and I don't know it. At that point, I would just as soon not know it!
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