by Stewart B. Segal, MD
THE GIFT OF HEALTH
The holiday season is here and Black Friday has come and gone. Everyone is talking about sales, shopping and what is the coolest new item to get for your loved ones. “Jareds Jewelers” is all over the T.V. and radio. Did you go to Jareds?
Instead of buying expensive jewelry and electronics, this year, consider giving the gift of health to your loved ones. For the men/women who have everything, for the stubborn spouses who don’t have time to care for themselves, or just to say “I love you!” this year buy them a complete preventative health exam. Call your family physician’s office and schedule a full physical. Pay the co-pay or fee in advance. Buy a nice card that tells them how much you cherish them. Tell them how you wish them many healthy and happy years to come. Tell them you have given them the gift of health.
This year, take the time to care for yourself. Give yourself the gift of health. Don’t assume that all systems are fine. Make sure! Get baselines that you’ve never gotten before. Make sure that your EKG and spirometry (breathing) tests are normal. This will be some of the best information you will ever have if you need to compare a future event to your “healthy self” of today. In the worst case, you may uncover a very treatable and reversible condition that is just beginning.
Rather than spending the holiday cash on a spa, treat yourself to a complete preventative health exam. Examine your health as closely as you do your finances and football standings. Give the gift of health. Be happy and healthy and live a long life.