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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Taking care of you

Life is so busy, raising kids, taking care of house and spouse, and all the other outside commitments we take on that it's easy to forget about one of the most important obligations we have...that of keeping ourselves healthy.  Sure, we try to eat well and exercise (chasing after kids counts!) but how about the other things, like annual physicals?  Ugh!  Nobody wakes up on a beautiful sunny day and says, "Wow!  It's so nice out, I think I'll schedule my mammogram!"  And really now, the names of some of the procedures...for example, pap smear...yuck!  Can't they change the name to something a lot less disgusting sounding?

Anyway, if you are regularly having babies, you probably get those annual exams because you see your doctor fairly often.  For the rest of us (those whose babies are spaced far apart or who are finished with having babies), this dreaded chore takes will-power to schedule.

One way to accomplish this is to schedule your appointment around the time of your birthday.  After all, everyone has a birthday every year  :)  Call it your birthday present to yourself.  Yeah, sure.  But taking care of your body really is a gift you can give to yourself. 

So, if your birthday is in April or September, just file away this information.  If your birthday is in January or February, it's time to schedule an appointment with your doctor.  Have fun  :)


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