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YOU ARE THE BEST ADVOCATE FOR YOUR HEALTH!
I have an important tradition I abide by every year. After celebrating the holidays and ringing in the new year, I settle in for a month of health appointments. In the past, this was always done around my birthday, since that’s how the Army did it. But I’ve since adapted this full health examination to the start of the new year, providing me a fresh perspective each year. I make appointments with my primary physician, dermatologist, urologist, optometrist, and hygienist. Starting with my primary doctor, I get a general checkup to monitor any persisting health issues and to catch potential problems. This is like taking your car in for an oil change. Mechanics check the lights, monitor your filters, and make sure the systems are up and running smoothly. It’s not an in-depth check into one specific area, but it is a great chance at overall health. Next, I make appointments with medical specialists to monitor specific health conditions I know I’m susceptible to. To start, I see my dermatologist every six months because of my family and personal history. As a red-haired child, I was very susceptible to the sun’s rays as a kid, and both of my parents have had a number of cancers. I have even had to have things removed, so It’s very important to me that I stay vigilant with my skin health. The second specialist I see is my urologist because it’s important to be regularly checked for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, and by 80 years old, more than half of all men will have some cancer in their prostate, according to Cancer.gov. The good news is, there’s plenty of treatment options available when prostate cancer is caught early. That’s why it’s so important that I keep these appointments with my urologist every year. Finally, I see my hygienist for my regular teeth cleaning (I practice what I preach!) and see the optometrist to monitor my vision health. I also make sure I schedule regular colonoscopies as needed and monitor any additional health concerns I may have. This may seem like an overreaction to monitoring my health, but I truly believe that I am the best advocate for my health. As we have learned from the COVID-19 outbreak that began this past winter, it is vital that we
take care of our health and be vigilant in our needs. My top priorities will always be my God, my family, and my health — in that order — because without each one, the others are affected. I want to be here to see my granddaughters grow up, see them go to high school, take pictures as they attend prom, cry with pride when they graduate, and more. None of that is possible if I don’t make my health a priority. Knowledge is key to living a happy, healthy, and long life, but we cannot access that knowledge if we don’t actively seek it. I tell you all this because I want to encourage you to do the same. If it’s been a while since you have seen your doctor, optometrist, or our team, it’s not too late. Give our office a call to get started on your oral health. I promise it will be one of the best decisions you make for you and your family.
– H. Charles Jelinek, Jr., DDS
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