We’re still focusing on mental health throughout September, but this is a reminder we can all use!
In the midst of this pandemic, it is important to remember your regular health screenings. It might seem scary or uncomfortable to see your regular doctor or a specialist, but foregoing regular screenings can mean the difference between catching health issues early and having further complications. This is why it is very important to encourage the elderly to continue with regular screenings and to get them yourself.
The best thing you can do is reach out to your doctor and find out what protocols they have in place for your visit. This varies greatly depending on the physician. My dad met his rheumatologist outside at the picnic table behind the office. They chatted for a few minutes and went over basic questions. Not much had changed, so he was sent on his merry way with a refill on his prescription and an order for blood work. It was all very easy.
We visited the dentist recently, and that was pretty painless too. (Mainly because we all have good teeth!) We called upon arrival, and after ensuring the waiting area was clear and had been disinfected after the last patient, we were allowed inside to wait for the dentist. That took just a few minutes, and we had our cleanings and exams. We were the last patients of the day, so we even got to leave out the front door instead of the back.
Regardless of which doctor’s visit or screening you have been avoiding, now is the time to schedule those appointments for your overall health.
Things to consider before your visit to the doctor:
- Protocols related to COVID-19.
- Changes in existing health problems.
- Have you noticed any body changes, including lumps or skin changes?
- Are you having pain, dizziness, fatigue, problems with urine or stool, or menstrual cycle changes?
- Have your eating habits changed?
- Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, distress, or sleeping problems?
Be sure to mention any of these to your doctor. Further tests might be needed, and it is important for your health to take the initiative to schedule your appointment today!