Saturday, July 16, 2011
I think we all need reassurance when it comes to the functions of our bodies that we don't have access to monitor.
I am a believer in preventative measures because of situations involving my parents and their belief that doctors are only necessary if you feel sick. They both had problems that could have been alleviated or prevented by periodic evaluations.
The last Shuttle launch reminded me that space exploration and the survival and well being of our astronauts lead to a great deal of the tests and monitoring possible due to the research and experimentation producing products that can protect our health and head off potential disasters.
The detection of my bone density loss would never have been detected in my parents lifetime and even now my family physician did not expect the results of the bone scan run because of my sciatica problem. He said it just didn't occur in men.
Or at least it was very rare.
Make use of the tools that modern medicine (still a practicing art) offers so you aren't overwhelmed by a development you could have seen coming or even prevented at an early stage.
My recent blood work was reportedly perfect but I will have it done again in 6 months. The next major procedure for prevention will be my third colonoscopy.
Take care of yourselves.