[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We caregivers see a lot of doctors, and many of us can perform tasks that used to be relegated to licensed medical personnel. Our knowledge of healthcare issues is not in question, but application of those issues for our own health—is a different story. Most caregivers regularly take someone else to see a physician—but when was the last time we saw ours?
Statistics show that 72% of us don’t see our own doctor! There are 65+ Million of us caring for the sickest in our country. Do the math, and “Houston …we have a problem!”
Over the three decades that I’ve been a caregiver, I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of doctors; my wife’s been treated by …well, I stopped counting at sixty. But they were seeing her! Even though I knew the doctor …he/she wasn’t treating me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/161523999″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
What about my own health? What about my own doctor?
Sometimes we get so tired of taking someone else to a doctor’s office, that the thought of going to another one (or taking time off work …again!), well, it’s just too much. Maybe we feel we can’t leave them alone—there can be a myriad of reasons: health insurance, etc. I’ve heard every excuse, and I’ve given most of them. The reality doesn’t change.
Regardless of the reasons WHY we don’t see our own doc, there is still the one question we caregivers must face:
What good are we to our loved one if we go down, if we stroke out, if we have heart disease, get diabetes, or some other malady?
Who is in line to care for our loved one if we go are out of the picture—either for a short term illness or a long term issue …or worse?
That’s why it’s so important see our own doctor regularly. I recommend two visits a year. These are well visits.
A tool I use is the 1-2-30 tool. Remember those numbers: one -two -thirty.
ONE flu shot every year.
I know a lot of people think that a flu shot is some type of a government tagging for alien invasion. But if the Klingons come, do you really want the flu? I mean, think through it! I don’t want the flu. (If you’re over fifty, also consider getting a shingles shot.) When do you have time to get the flu? When do you have time for shingles? How many could set apart some time to go “Bowl Hugging?” You don’t want to do have the flu while you’re being a caregiver—because who’s going to care for you when you’re sick? How many sick days do caregivers get?
TWO Visits Per Year With YOUR Primary Care Doctor
One is for your annual physical—go in there and let ’em check us out from stem to stern. Yeah, I know it’s not much fun, but look at the value of going to two visits per year …one physical and the other six months later just to get blood work and just make sure everything’s OK.
Why wait a whole year to find out we have high blood pressure, high sugar, or our cholesterol is skyrocketing …why wait whole year to learn this information?
The stress on us as caregivers is beyond what we can probably understand. I mean, look what it did to me … I’m only 30!!!! (That’s funny, by the way …and it’s OK to laugh at my expense!)
We’re not being selfish by taking time to go and see our own doctor and let that doctor know what we’re doing; let that doctor know that we’re a caregiver. He or she needs to know the stress that’s on us, so let’s get that blood pressure checked, get those labs, start exercising a little bit more.
30 Minutes Per Day Doing Something Physical
We don’t have to go out and join a gym today and do all that kind of stuff. W can start with simple things that don’t cost money, and can be done anywhere …anytime. Walk, Jog, Yard Work, etc… We don’t have to go run a marathon or anything like that, but we want to start getting that blood going, and push ourselves to do these things.
1-2-30. It’s pretty easy, doesn’t cost a lot of money, and you can do this—in fact, we must do this if we want to stay healthy.
What happens if we go down? How much good are we going to be as a caregiver if we stroke out? The stress that’s on us is real, let’s get some professionals involved in taking care of us!
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