As a person living with type 1 diabetes I have many doctors’ appointments. It seems I am always getting ready to get my blood work done or I just have had it done.
February is my month for the most appointments. I have an annual eye exam with dilation to make sure the diabetes has not effected anything in my peepers. My podiatrist sees me every 3 months because of the neuropathy but I saw him this month. I just had appointment with my cardiologist for a follow up to my surgery in November.
My friend was telling me that she schedules a physical with her doctor every year around her birthday. I have not had a physical in a long time and I guess I just figure with all the times I am in the doctors, and with all the blood work all the doctors do, is there really a reason for a physical?
No sooner was this thought clanging around in my head than my doctor sent me an email asking me to set an appointment with him for a follow up.
Replying to his email I asked, “Do you think I should schedule a physical? I have not had one in a long time but I wasn’t sure if it made sense since I am in there often.”
His reply was, “Good thinking Georgie. Schedule one in the next two weeks and we’ll see you then.”
The point of this post is that just because you go to the doctors a lot, it does not mean your doctors are checking everything that should be checked out. Know your body and get regular checkups to know what is going on under the hood.
Early detection of anything is better than later detection.
So later today I will be heading out to the doc’s for my annual physical. I am going to be sure I do this every year from now on.
Knowledge is power!