Doctor avoiders, we all know and love them. Trust me, I understand when inertia has kept you away from the doctor and it feels kind of good.
But then it gets weird; so keep these things in mind – they're clear indications that you're due for a visit with the doc:
- You are over 40 and can’t remember the last time someone checked your blood pressure or put a stethoscope on your heart or lungs.
- Any bump or mass is growing in size. Anywhere, anytime.
- At a dinner party you hear folks talking about vaccines (Tdap, aka whooping cough, or shingles) that you’ve never heard of.
- You can’t remember the last time you felt good, and you are sure something isn’t quite right.
- Your reminder cards for appointments, mammogram, colonoscopy or Pap smear are being used as bookmarks.
- You are bleeding from any site, excused are women bleeding during their menstrual cycle.
- Someone asks you who your physician is and you can only think of your pediatrician.
- Something is swollen and despite the fact that you have been diligent about your RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression with ace bandage and elevation) it’s still swollen and sore.
- All of your medications are empty or expired.
- It’s the 10th time you’ve heard yourself saying to friends and family “yeah, I need to get that checked out.”
- You have visited the ER or Urgent Care and don’t know who to put as your primary care doctor on the form.
Come and see us. No, really
- Dr. O
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