Keep Up With Your Doctor Appointmentsby Anthony C. Castle Rock Medical Center If you're like most people this year, you're very concerned about the coronavirus pandemic and keeping yourself (and your family) safe and healthy.
Your family medical practitioners would like to remind you that the best way to keep yourself healthy is to keep your doctor appointments.
The pandemic struck, and it seems the whole world shut down. And not only did people stop driving to work, they stayed home and cancelled their appointments when it was time to visit the doctor or clinic, even for routine non-corona health issues.
If you're one of the folks who's been reluctant to visit the doctor (or any other place outside your home) for fear of becoming infected, it's time to get back to keeping up with your routine health-related activities, including keeping your medical appointments and getting to the doctor for your periodic check-ups.
Don't Fear Your Trips To The Doctor
There are several reasons you should make sure to keep your appointments with your doctor and family medical clinic, rather than cancelling and staying home:
- Your doctor's office is safe. In fact, one of the cleanest, safest places you could be is your family medical clinic. It's a business, sure... but no business understands the need for maintaining a clean, disinfected, virus-free location better than your family clinic.
- We might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The coronavirus pandemic won't last forever. We need to wear masks and maintain good interpersonal distance, and we'll need to keep up those practices a little while longer. But at least one expert has recently predicted that the virus could go "inert" as early as a few weeks from now; and other countries, such as Sweden, have practically seen the end of the pandemic.
- Neglecting other health issues is far more dangerous than the threat of coronavirus infection from visiting your family clinic. The general shutdown has been shown to have caused many people to miss appointments for treatments, consultations, and other routine medical needs. "Elective" surgeries - many of which are necessary and urgent - have been put off. And studies have shown a strong link between neglecting physical health and suffering in the area of mental health.
- Basic health habits have generally slipped, too. You hear people joke these days about having gained the "Corona Twenty" extra pounds from the sedentary lifestyle occasioned by the shut-down. Have you gained weight? Missed workouts? Forgotten to drink enough water and take your supplements? How well have you been sleeping, in this time of heightened anxiety? If your "normal" health habits have slipped in the past months, you're probably less-healthy overall, and more susceptible to everyday colds and other illnesses as a result. Time to get to the doctor!
- You don't really know how healthy you are - or aren't - if you skip your check-up.
Call your family medical clinic today. They're sure to be able to comfort your anxiety about visiting, and keeping up with your routine doctor appointments.
Many people are simply reluctant to hear "bad news" from the doctor, and therefore rationalize skipping their medical appointments as a necessary precaution against the coronavirus. But "hiding" from the doctor is definitely not the answer! Now's the time to be confident about your health... and visiting the doctor is a great step toward gaining that confidence.
Created on Aug 12th 2020 10:04. Viewed 160 times.
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