When I told Lina I was running to the ophthalmologist because I realized I hadn’t had my eyes examined in 18 months, she joked: “You go to a lot of doctors.”
It’s no joke. Besides the eye guy (who I should see once a year to check for cataracts, glaucoma and my general vision), I go to:
An internist/cardiologist for an annual checkup, including heart and lung CT, stress test, EKG, blood workup
A gynecological urologist to treat stress incontinence (sounds charming, doesn’t it?)
An ear doc for my annual hearing check
A breast surgeon for my annual mammogram
An endocrinologist for my annual bone density check
A dentist for an annual checkup and his hygienist every six weeks for a cleaning (I have a problem with plaque–at least not in my arteries)
A dermatologist for a annual complete body check for melanoma
Can’t leave out the gastroenterologist, who I see for a colonoscopy every three years.
And, to make it an even 10, I see the gynecologist for a pelvic exam (I’m not sure why I do this because I had a complete hysterectomy 20 years ago.)
So there you have it. That’s a high dose of docs, but at least it’s preventative, except in the case of the urologist.
My aunt never went to a doc in her entire life, at least till she was 81, when she learned she had colorectal cancer. Maybe she had the right idea. Who knows?????
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