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Monday
Dec272010

What I Learned at My Annual Physical

Every year I learn something new when I have my annual physical. Usually it's health-related, but sometimes it's just the experience of going to the doctor's office, getting blood drawn, and people watching in the waiting room.

 

This is what I learned this year during my annual physical:

I need an e-reader

I love to read and I bring a book with me whenever I think I'll have a few minutes to read. Doctor's office visits are great reading moments. But having dragged this book with me from waiting room to exam room to blood draw room it became clear that I need a nook, Kindle or some kind of e-reader.

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I am shrinking

I am officially 2 inches shorter than I was about 8 years ago. I also have decided I need to start taking calcium of vitamin D supplements ASAP and I need to get back into yoga. Even if yoga doesn't really stretch me, I feel taller when I'm doing it regularly.

 

I still haven't learned to read directions

Make sure the water fountain is for your mouth before bending down to take a drink or you will get an eye-full.

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Giving 'some' blood can mean different things

I have a potential blood clotting thing that I decided should be verified and my doctor agreed and said I should have 'some' blood drawn. 'Some' to me is a tube or two of my life source. This year I was in for a treat! The tech kept taking tube after tube after tube and filling them up in a little rack.

All. For. Me. To. Fill

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What have you learned during your annual physical?

Janine

Reader Comments (5)

Funny, I have a blog draft ready that is almost ready to go about my annual physical. Just when I thiought I was super healthy, the doc sent me to 3 specialists??? Final appointment is today. Stay tuned.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori Ryan

Lori, I am glad to hear I'm not the only one!

December 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterJanine Nickel

OK, I had to look at that eye wash thing at least 3 times to understand what it was! I've never seen such a thing!

I've left MANY a tube full of blood at my doctor's office. I think she's a vampire!

OK, not really! My doctor is fantastic. I drive over an hour ONE WAY to see her. Last time, I was there for two hours. Yes, really! She wasn't with me the whole time, of course, but where else can I get an annual appointment, donate to the vampires, and get an EKG on the same day! (Don't worry. I have a benign heart condition and the EKG was just precautionary. It was fine!)

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara (aka Temberton)

I learn the same thing every year. I am too fat and mainly healthy. It tends to irk my doc that I can't lose weight and he can't find any ill effects from me not following his advice- like I want to be ginormous! We have had the same conversation for 8 years and I had it for 7 years with my previous doc, though he was more supportive of my fat. As long as I was healthy, working out and not gaining, he was happy. I feel you on the blood work. In the search for fat induced illness, I lose a ton to a smiling girl in a lab coat each year.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterapril yedinak

Funny you should say that, at my first annual physical last year, the doctor shrunk me from 5'8 to 5'6. I was so distraught to see that I had no basis for my dreams of being a 5'8 supermodel in my former life. :)

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterms O

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