Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My own annual Medicare physical approaches, momentum is my best ally, as always

My own annual Medicare physical comes up pretty soon.  There’s the 12-hour fast, the early morning blood tests.
  
No, I haven’t even done the colonoscopy yet.  I had a high PSA in 2010, but it was back down in 2011 and 2012, probably because the stress of eldercare was gone, and because when I’m alone I eat less fat.
  
I think that for someone without a lot of personal social support, momentum is the best strategy,  Lots of tests can find things, that can lead to more tests, biopsies, surgeries, hospitalizations, infections, a vicious cycle, let alone the waste to Medicare.
  
Mehmet Oz has even said that he doesn’t like to do open heart surgery on someone who doesn’t have a partner (preferably marriage) to live for who “loves you back”.  I don’t like the idea of having a relationship “to be loved back” – but that’s what “in sickness and in health” means.
  

There is something to be said for more aggressive medical testing, though, to find out why I was “behind” as a boy.  Was it neurological, like a very mild form of autism?  Was it hormonal?  Circulatory?  Given my karma, I probably owe the world a willingness to delve into this to find out.  

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