By Dr. Jay Trussler
I often see patients who haven’t seen a doctor literally in years and even decades. When I question them as to why they’ve waited so long, I receive answers such as:
“I’m as healthy as a horse,” or “I rarely get sick,” and even “I’m too busy.”
I will then review their medical, surgical, and family history with them and discuss their most pressing medical needs followed by an exam and a discussion regarding a preventative medicine plan. In other words, I don’t just focus on their needs that day, but I also set goals and provide a plan that will hopefully keep them healthy for many years to come.
We discuss age-appropriate vaccinations such as shots for the flu, pneumonia, hepatitis, tetanus, and shingles. We also make a plan for obtaining needed testing such as mammograms, PAP smears, breast exams, bone density tests, prostate exams, and those much needed colonoscopies that so many people try to avoid.
Are you taking your car to a mechanic when the engine is making that grinding noise like the engine is about to seize up or do you take it in when it’s still running well in hopes of preserving the life of your vehicle? The fact is that many people provide better care for their car than they do their own body.
Don’t wait until your body’s engine starts to “seize up,” before you make that long overdue appointment. Everyone needs to get their body’s tires rotated and oil changed every now and then, and maybe you can even find a physician who’s not a dipstick.