I am not big on New Year's resolutions ----- as most of you already know, they are generally broken by mid-February, and then when you break them, you feel so bad you do something unhealthy. For me, it would be stuffing my face with a half box of Oreos just because I fell off my "diet"-----I've been eating too emotionally in 2012, and I am now refocusing on eating healthy and asking myself before I put something in my mouth am I really hungry? Or, am I tired, in pain, bored, angry?
However, I have one New Year's project/resolution that absolutely every one of you can keep. Before next Tuesday, sit down at your computer and compile (or update) your health history. Include
Name, full address, and telephone number
Surgical history (for me this is a big one---I had 15 surgeries post accident and there is no way I could remember them all without a written list)
Current medications (name, dose, frequency)
All bioidentical hormones (names, dosages)
Supplements/Vitamins (complete list, this is important especially if you see more than one doctor)
Names, specialty, and phone number of every doctor who is treating you
I updated my list this morning, and I always keep a copy in my purse. I also make sure any physician that treats me has an updated copy of the list (trust me, doctors love it when a patient does this!), and I give a copy to any new physician that treats me. I have also given a copy to the three friends listed as emergency contacts.
Don't make excuses, don't put it off-----DO IT! And have a happy, healthy, peaceful 2013!