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We're now firmly into 2015. How are you doing with those New
What's that I hear? Crickets? I thought so. My 2014 photo
album is all done,
but my diet? Yeah, that sort of exploded on the first snow day. (And we've now
had four of them.) I can't be expected to stay on a diet when I have both kids
at home for hours and hours. (Isn't there an exception for that?)
You could say that
whole "get in shape" thing is not really happening for me.
But I'm still taking care of the most valuable thing I've
got: my health. And you should, too. It sets a good example for our kids and
makes sure we're around for the long-haul.
Here are the 10
appointments you need to make today:
1. The Ob-Gyn appointment
You saw your OB every day, it seemed, when you were
pregnant. But once you had the baby, priorities shifted. You may forget
about yourself with all of the things you have to do for your baby. But just
like you make check-up appointments for your kids, you should make your
yearly appointment at your Ob-Gyn.
We do it every year for our kids (even monthly for babies). So why
aren't we more vigilant about doing it for ourselves? It's important — if mommy
goes down, everything's a mess. So get yourself checked out and make sure
everything's in working order.
3. The dentist
Ever since seeing "Little Shop of Horrors" as a kid (yeah, I
don't know why my parents let me see it, either), I've had an image of dentists
as pain-loving, sado-masochistic loonies on motorcycles. But just like you found a wonderful dentist for your tot (who may or may not ride a hog), you've
got to find someone great for yourself. Go twice a year, just like you do with
your kids. I recently discovered that if you floss every night, cleanings
are a breeze. (Yes, I just recently starting flossing regularly. Don't judge
4. The eye doctor
Even those peepers need love. Make sure to get your
eyes checked out once a year. I was getting stress headaches all the time and
all it took was a cute little pair of reading glasses to ease my pain.
5. A mammogram if you're over 40, or if your Ob-Gyn recommends it
Breast cancer is now more curable than ever. I'm not going
to sugarcoat it. Mammograms flat out suck (See what I did there? They're going
to flatten your breasts to the size of a pancake ... flat out suck. No time for
joking? Okay, I get it.). But, they are a necessary evil. Along with monthly
self-exams, they are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. I think I speak for all moms when I say that our biggest fear is that we may not
be around for our kids.
6. The dermatologist
At the risk of sounding like a fifth grader, did you know your epidermis is showing? But seriously, your skin is the largest organ
in the body — take good care of it. Get moles checked out. The bumps
you've been ignoring since they're "probably nothing"? Wouldn't you like to
know for sure? Last year, I thought I had a bad case of
dry skin. Turns out, I was suffering from psoriasis. With the right medication,
my skin cleared up in days.
7. The podiatrist
Have flat feet? A fungal infection that won't go away? A
podiatrist can help you with that.
8. The gastroenterologist
Tummy giving you trouble now and again? A visit to a
gastroenterologist is in order. The American Cancer Society recommends that you get in the habit of regular colonoscopies by age 50,
so establishing a relationship with a gastroenterologist you can trust will
serve you well as you get older.
9. The ENT
Does it seem like you have a constant sinus infection? Like
"pregnancy nose" never really went away? An ear, nose and throat specialist can tell you what is really going on.
10. The other specialists that your internist recommends
Once you get your physical (you followed No. 2, right?), your internist might have
a few other doctors you should start visiting. Have a hearing problem? You may
need a hearing specialist. Does osteoporosis run in your family? Regular bone
density testing could be a good idea. Trying to get pregnant? See a genetic
counselor. Do you get rashes for no reason or tummy issues out of the blue? An allergist
might be able to help you get to the root of the problem.
I'm going to be making all of these appointments for myself and a couple for my husband, too.
I hate to sound like an old grandmother, but let's face it: she was right. Your health is the
most important thing you've got. Take care of yourself. After all, everything
we do is for the kids, and, ultimately, we want to stay around for a long, long
time for them.
Keeping myself healthy is the best way I know to do that.