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I have three questions for you today:

1) When was the last time you had a physical?

2) When was the last time you went to the dentist?

3) When was the last time you had your eyes checked?

If your answer for the first two was more than a year ago or your answer for the third was more than two years ago I’m about to get all motherly on yer ass!

Last year I heard about two shocking stories that upset me greatly: one involved the husband of an acquaintance who she finally coerced into getting a physical after an eight year absence. He goes in at the age of 35 to find out he has testicular cancer. Whereas he and my friend weren’t even considering children yet they were then forced to think very hard about it right away as there was no a good possibility that he would never be able to produce.

The second happened to someone I knew from high school. At only 33 years old he dropped dead of a heart attack while on a vacation trip he won through his work. He left behind his high school sweetheart.

Now, I understand that cancer and death can happen pretty much at any time but what I want to stress here is that both of these may have been caught much earlier and possibly managed or prevented altogether had they taken control of their health and their bodies well beforehand. It angers me to see people dropping dead or coming down with a preventative disease like diabetes simply because they never bothered to go take one hour out of their time ONCE A YEAR to get themselves checked out.

It’s sad that something so incredibly important as getting a regular check-up is swept under the carpet by so many people. And I know that if you’re not insured it can be expensive but what’s more expensive: one physical a year or SEVERAL doctor’s appointments, medication or even hospitalization during the same year after something bad like diabetes, a minor heart attack or something else pops up that you had no idea you had?

In Canada I know it can be hard to find a doctor but here, I give to you an article by Canadian Living that gives you several links to where you can find a one. I live in Toronto of all places and I was able to find a family doctor taking on new patients. You just need to ask around and be proactive in finding them. I don’t want to hear about it, just go and find one and if you don’t have one, even if it means you have to travel out of town to do it.

The dentist is JUST as important and I know I’d rather have a physical than go to the dentist (that’s just my own opinion) but if you’ve ever had a cavity, root canal or issues with your gums, you know how important it is to keep your teetch in excellent health. It’s much more uncomfortable to visit a dentist because something’s wrong that it is to visit just to get your teeth cleaned and do some preventative maintenance.

I also think that eye care is something that no one thinks about unless they wear glasses but even if you don’t, spend the couple of dollars every two years or so to get them checked out (in Ontario, it’s only like $60). As we age our eyesight can get poorer and you gain the possibility of getting cataracts or glaucoma so why not get them checked out to make sure everything’s hunky dory? Also, if you experience unexplained headaches you’ll definitely want to get your eyes checked because you may need corrective lenses (or an updated prescription of your current lenses).

Listen, I know these are uncomfortable appointments. I know they may cost some money and I certainly know that they may cost some time. But in the grand scheme of things they are super CHEAP in comparison to not going until it’s too late and you go broke paying for all the things you need because if you don’t get them you could DIE, lose all your teetch or possibly go blind. Prevention is the key term here, folks! Do this to prevent bad things from happening to you and your family. Your health and well-being are just as important to your loved ones as it should be to you. How are your children going to take it if you get sick? Or your spouse?

I don’t know about you but I’d rather hear the whir of the cleaning drill at the dentist than get a bloody root canal so let’s put on our grown-up panties and make these appointments, m’kay?

Tell me when your upcoming appointments in these areas are! I JUST had my dentist appointment last week, have a physical scheduled for next month and will be getting my eyes checked in May! Tell me on either my Facebook and Twitter pages. When you take care of your health, you take care of your life!

 

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