Monday, August 17, 2009

More than an apple

Your child has a spot on their forehead, it's been there for months. No biggie, hopefully you will remember to ask the doctor next time you go. Your daughter has a fever, has been snotty and coughing for two weeks now. What kid doesn't get sick, I'm sure she'll be better soon, suck it up wait it out. Right?

Well if I haven't lost you yet I am sure your thought is, NO, GO TO THE DOCTOR ALREADY!

Of course! Most of us would never put off taking our child to the doctor if they were sick, or injured. We all probably also make their yearly appointments 6 mos to a year in advance and keep them on a perfect schedule. But what about mom? Is mom's current level of care "an apple a day..." It takes more than an apple to stay healthy, and if you haven't heard it before prevention is the best medicine.

Cliches aside it seems to be endemic among mothers that unless they are pregnant or really, really, I mean really sick. They don't go to the doctor. I know, i am the same way. The spot on the forehead, me! Although I have a friend who said the same thing. I'm sure it's nothing, and I did finally ask my GYN at my yearly appointment (I do keep that one!) she said. "You know you should see your primary, I'm shocked at how many women your age have melanoma". My appointment with my primary? On the very long list of things I need to do, I will get to it, as soon as I finish this , that and the other.

Sound familiar? I don't have statistics but I am willing a great many women only see their OB/GYN and don't even have an internist or primary care physician. But I'm sure they all had pediatricians lined up before giving birth. The point? You have to take care of yourself first, so that you will be there to take care of your kids later.

So I'm going to keep it short today and go call my doctor to have this sun spot checked out. If you haven't seen a doctor in awhile (like since the last time you gave birth!) call them, get a physical, have your pap done, your cholesterol, take care of yourself, so you can be a around for a very long time to come!

To drive it home this is from the Jillian Michaels interview in Self Magazine.

Would you treat your kids the way you treat yourself? Would you deprive them of playtime and adequate sleep? Would you not make their doctors appointments?

Of course not, so don't cheat yourself in that way either!

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