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The good old annual physical is complete again. Thankful that I get one, took it for granted when I was younger and would skip them. Yeah I know, young and invincible was the thought when I was half this age. Luckily I’ve grown out of “stupid” in some areas of life.

And as with everything, communication is the key. I have a good doctor. He not only listens he ask questions. A good number of them. He can ask me questions all day if he wants. The man has saved my life 2x now by early detection of cancers, so I’m in debt to him.

What I would like to add though is if something persists and it’s small but is still around the following year don’t hesitate to bring it up again. The more your doctors know from you the better chance they have of making a good diagnosis.

Hospitals are a nice place to visit, but I don’t care to stay. I did spend some time at this one a few times and it’s got great care. Photo by Mike Hartley

I learned that important lesson from my first cancer. Never, not say something if it’s still bothering you. And while you are at the doctor the next time, put in a good word for them and thank them for the continued care during some very trying times.

One of the nurses I saw today had just come back to work after 2 years. There are certainly a ton of them that worked through the last few years that deserve a lot of thanks.

Anyway, I guess I went the long-winded way of saying it’s a good feeling to walk out of a doctor’s office and not have more tests scheduled as a result of the visit.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I’m enjoying doing some technical writing at work.
  • Being a good friend means taking the initiative in communication a lot of times.
  • I’d use a bar of soap till its such a thin sliver it disppears. But my better half always replaces it before it reaches that now.
  • I went down Rt 29 this morning. 3 and 4 lanes of bumper to bumper moving at 10-30 mph in the rain. Thank goodness I don’t have to do that commute to D.C. anymore.
  • Adapting is something that gets harder as you age.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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