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Time For Your Checkup? Secrets are a Health No-No

Time For Your Checkup? Secrets are a Health No-No

By Sheryl Kraft

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Tomorrow, bright and early, I am going for my annual physical. Besides trying to eat "right" all week, I am going to be prepared with some lists: all my questions and concerns, all the vitamins and supplements I currently take. I'm lucky to have an open, friendly relationship with my physician. He's one of those old-fashioned (but not old!) general practitioners. No, he doesn't make house calls, but he does treat my whole family; me, my husband and my two sons (they started seeing him after outgrowing their pediatrician). My visit usually takes a long time (that's why I try to schedule it first thing in the morning!) because not only does he sit with me and talk health, but we also talk movies, restaurants and anything else that's going on. Maybe it's because of this easy and pleasant relationship that I don't feel embarrassed to discuss things like my stool habits or any other concerns that might otherwise be a bit, well, private.

Going for an annual physical is a great way to get a fix on your current health. But if you don't plan on being totally honest and open with your doc, you could be hurting yourself.

Yes, I feel strongly about good doctor-patient communication.
It's especially important as we age and our health concerns and/or problems become more critical.

How is your relationship with your doctor? Do you feel comfortable discussing your health? Why or why not?


It's so important to develop a good and open relationship with a doctor, which I am lucky to have. I've been seeing my GP for a number of years, and consider him my friend. I think it is critical to address any concerns and ask as many questions as necessary--even those that seem minor!!

Sheryl, I'm enjoying your blog so much!

Thanks for writing and for your kind comments, Jane. I'm so glad you're enjoying reading my blog. Please feel free to write again and/or suggest any topics you'd like to read about!

Dear Sheryl,
I wanted to share with you how much I enjoy your blog! The topics are so contemporary and your articles are so insightful, compassionate and humorous. Everyday I eagerly anticipate clicking on and feeling connected to another midlifer!



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