I have not been feeling well lately. I have all-over body pain. My legs are always painful, and I recently had a virus that just seemed to make it much worse. I also suffer from carpal tunnel-like symptoms in my arms.
I finally decided to be proactive about this problem. NOW. After taking care of other problems in my life and other people in my family, especially my mother (I'll describe that process in future posts), I have decided that I now need to take care of me.
Today I went to the doctor for the first time in a couple of years. He is an old-school doctor, who checked all the basics: heart, thyroid, reflexes. He took his time even though he had a full waiting room. He seemed like he actually cared and was not rushing everyone in and out of the office as quickly as possible.
I'm going to have lab work done to check for things like diabetes (which my father had), and have blood work done. I'll be tested for vitamin deficiencies and thryoid problems. I'll have tests for fibromyalgia and arthritis. I'll probably do this on Friday. I also have to see the doctor again in 3 weeks to discuss all the tests.
I'll also have go to the gynecologist (ugh, haven't gone in years) to check for bone density and a regular gyno checkup, and I'll also go to my dentist to have work done on my teeth -- I need a cleaning, and I have two broken back teeth.
I've put this off long enough. I really haven't gone because I'm afraid of what they might find! But really, that's a really stupid way to think. What if I have a serious ilness and it's too late? Even though I've been pretty healthy (I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs), my family history includes breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. It's about time that I got this done.
I've been paying a huge chunk of my salary each week for insurance, and it's about time that I use it.