Friday, September 13, 2019
Medicare Wellness visit... part 2
Medicare Wellness visit part 2...
So I left the doctor's office with 3 prescriptions and an appointment for a recheck in a few weeks. I had the prescriptions filled (they weren't expensive), but didn't plan to take them at the time. I wanted to have my chest x-ray done first and get the result of that before even considering taking any drugs.
A few days to a week later I got the results from all the tests through the email on my iPhone (isn't technology wonderful?)... and we are also told at this time what other tests and/or vaccinations may be needed or possibly overdue.
My tests were basically all normal - Vitamin D is low (as always) - and they recommend taking Vitamin D mega dose once a week or daily capsules. Well, since we spent a week in the sun in Hawaii recently, my Vitamin D should have increased...
So at this stage I feel the same as I do after my annual Oncologist visit - that apparently I'm good to go for another year. Which is exactly what I heard from my Oncologist a few weeks later. My chest x-ray was fine... lungs clear (hurray!).
As for the reason for the cough - possibilities that came to his mind (beyond the original radiation cause) were reflux, aspiration, or adult onset asthma. He recommended having my family physician have me take a breathing/swallowing test.
Oh, one thing that I did do this year (with both doctors) is that I gave them a written list of 'Things my physicians should know'. These included not referring me to any doctors not taking Medicare, not running any tests not paid for by Medicare, and not running even routine testing until checking with me to see if I want that test run. I'm not sure that doctors like 'lists', but I wanted this information put into my file... and neither doctor seemed to object.
Well... that sums up my annual Wellness Visit. Hope yours goes/or has gone as well. I didn't mention some of the strange questions they ask you these days... among them: "Do you have anything in your house that you could trip over?" (Only 3 cats!)
Take Care and as always, thanks for reading. It's Friday! TGIF!