Okay, I lied. (Sort of.) The following appointments would all benefit your mom (if you’re caring for her). BUT if you’re a woman, this list is really for YOU.
Because you matter and it’s been too damn long. That’s why.
This seems crazy, I know. Part of you wants to close your browser right now. I mean, where do I get off making a suggestion that you stop for a moment and think about yourself?! Shouldn’t we all just continue to forget about you? Sure makes it easier to forget about yourself, doesn’t it?
Well too bad. Not today. Here’s your list of five must-make appointments for YOU. Get to it. Time is of the essence!
1) Visit your Primary Care Provider (PCP).
I’m not talking here about any specialists you may have (or may need, if it’s been a while). I’m talking about the manager of your body shop, if you will. The professional with whom you must develop a trusting relationship and about whose competencies you feel reasonable assured. This is the guy (or gal) that you should feel comfortable calling when you’re not feeling well. The one who gets to know you well enough to advise you by phone when the situation warrants, and fit you into the schedule when it doesn’t.
Do you have a provider like this? If not, get one. And be quick about it. This is one of the best things you can do for yourself today.
2) Visit your dentist.
Has it been 100 years, or does it just seem that way? If you haven’t been to the dentist lately, I’ve got to tell you – things have changed for the better! Think chairs that vibrate and flat screen televisions that hover overhead while over-sized headphones drown out the sound of drilling. Not that you’ll have any, but just in case. 🙂
You know what my 96-year-old aunt says about oral hygiene? She says, “Be true to your teeth or they’ll be false to you.” She ought to know! Her tales of woe around trying to find good denture glue are enough to send anyone screaming to the chair!
3) Visit the eye doctor.
I won’t belabor this one, but let’s face it: without your sight the world would be a very different place. Cataracts and macular degeneration can creep in as we age, so be on top of it. And pick up a pair of spunky new frames if the mood strikes you!
4) Schedule a mammogram.
We all know the scary statistics, so if you’re over 40, just go. Early detection is the key to winning the battle against breast cancer. Do what you can to avoid becoming a scary statistic.
5) See the gynecologist about a pap smear.
Like sitting in the dentist’s chair, I’ve yet to meet a gal who looks forward to those stirrups. BUT, it is what it is. Get in. Get out. Get on with it – with the full knowledge that you’re doing what you can to keep ovarian, uterine and other cancers, etc. at bay.
Got an idea for a must-make appointment? Tell me what I’ve missed in the comments below!
And a BIG WELCOME to all of you who found this post through BlogHer! Are you caring for an aging parent? If so, stick around a while! I’ve been waiting for you! 🙂