This week the Organize Your Health Challenge coincides with Chapter 42 in my book: Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free
Why is it that we can make so much time for television and surfing the web, but our doctor and dentist appointments can often fall to the bottom of our To-Do lists?
I admit that in the past, I too, neglected some of my doctor appointments. But over the past five years I have seen so many lives saved because the person found out early about an issue. Not too long ago my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had done a great job of keeping up with this yearly exams, so his doctors knew his normal PSA. When that level changed they were able to detect cancer. My dad opted to have surgery and within a few months was declared cancer free! His doctors said that my dad’s regular exams are what saved his life. If he had waited another year, it could have made all the difference in the world. Cancer is scary, but choosing not to think about it doesn’t mean it won’t affect you.
After prevention, early detection is your best way to beat a serious illness. Don’t wait until you have a serious health scare to start taking your health seriously. Make time for your appointments and make it a priority to get your appointment scheduled. Sometimes simply calling the doctor’s office is three-fourths of the battle.
Your To Do List For This Week!
- Read through Chapter 42 Organize Now: think and live clutter free
- Grab your planner and your phone THIS week and call to schedule any appointments that you have been neglecting: dentist, yearly exams, etc.
- Know how often you need to screen.
Top Health Screen You Need to be Mindful Of:
- Blood Pressure: every two years beginning at age 20. Normal pressure is considered to be 120/80
- Cholesterol: every five years beginning at age 20.
- Colorectal cancer screenings: Screen every 5-10 years. Exam should include colonoscopy, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, digital rectal exam.
- Fecal Occult Blood test: Test every 5 years for total and HDL count
- Blood glucose: screen for diabetes every 3 years starting at age 45.
- Skin exam: Annually to detect early skin cancer
- Dental: every 6 months. Healthy teeth isn’t just good for your smile it is good for your heart. The plaque that build around your teeth is the same as the plaque that build in the arteries around your heart.
- Eye exam: every year if you wear glasses or contacts
- For women: cervical cancer screen every year or two until age 30, then every 3 years; pap test every year; mammogram every year starting at age 40
- For men: digital rectal exam to check for prostate cancer every year; be sure to get the Prostate Specific Antigen test (PSA)
- Schedule a massage! Great for reducing stress and a nice gift to yourself for all of your hard work these past 4 weeks in the challenge.
- Set up a Health file for you and your family. Then consider a checklist of each person’s name along with the dates of their last health care appointments.
- Always bring a list of medications that are covered by your insurance to your appointments. This way your doctor can prescribe something that is covered. Furthermore, if you are finding it hard to afford your medications ask your doctor for some free samples or to switch you to a generic if possible.
- Always bring your planner to health care appointments and schedule your next appointment that day!
- For more tips on this topic read pages 177-179 in the book!