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JACKIE!!!!! I am totally celebrating for your husband. I've known at least TWO people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and they died so swiftly I was left reeling! I've heard that's a VERY hard cancer to treat! Wow!

Yippee!!!!!
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Well Checkups is the term they also use for children.
My family doesn't go to the doctor unless we must. (I must, for the sake of regulating my thyroid).

I had a concern for one of my daughters, wondering if she was growing fast enough. I expressed my concern and hubby 'for the fun of it' checked the girls heights and weights and then simply looked the growth chart up online.

OH! That simple, huh? lol I never once thought to do that. chuckle.

Anyway, both girls are fine. Yea!

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Jackie, that is wonderful that your husband is doing so well. I wish I could get myself in gear and get back to doing things to feel better like that.

We paid into Medicare and Social Security both and now they want to completely take it away. Like they haven't taken enough from it already.

Last time I saw my PCP I told her the one specialist (GI) wouldn't even pay attention to the problems I told them I was having. So she is doing the best that she can to help me. She suggested other things to try and I think it has helped a little. She really wants me to get my hernia fixed, but I can't lose enough to get it done. She doesn't want it to get strangulated, though.



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The thing is that we paid into Medicare. It use to be we paid into Social Security, but then the government wanted us to realize that all the money they took out of our pay check wasn't Social Security, so they put part of the money under medicare. They said part of our SS always was Medicare but they wanted us to know it.

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Medical care has gone from bad to worse and my dh was recently told things are expected to get even worse. sigh.

After reading your post Jackie I am thinking I may be a rebel. I don't give them my email address nor do I give them my cell number. Since I've moved three times since I've been to the doctor, they don't have my mailing address either. As far as I was concerned, the gov could come arrest me for not paying their illegal socialist "healthcare" tax either.

I recently found out from a nurse in TX that if you must go to the doctor's office or hospital, make sure it's for something serious, because you will most likely leave with something you didn't want and become a carrier spreading it and making the situation worse. So many people seem to go to the doctor's for runny noses and every little sniffle these days. =/

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Jackie, I think the "Wellness Visit" is a Medicare term. Mine provides a "free" annual wellness visit as a benefit. I guess they don't think we can see that they're helping us with one hand and meanwhile their other hand is in our pockets pulling out tax money to pay for it all? Anyway, I also have that "Primary Care Physician" who does little other than send me off to an army of "specialists". I guess it's a good thing, but it sure isn't what it used to be.

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When we moved to AZ and were snowbirds from MN, age and medicare seemed to take over our lives.

I see my annual Dr in MN who now calls them wellness checkups (which I don't need, but that is what they do), except last summer I was a week too early (unknown to me) so I had to pay for it. Not my fault nor my option grrrrr.

I have a "family Dr." in AZ who wants to see me twice a year. (I know because I'm notified by email or texts) When I see him, if I have an ailment he refers me to a specialist. So now beside the family Dr. who IMHO just gets paid for seeing me 10 minutes, I have a nose, hematologist, lung, heart, skin, back, and my recent hospital stay a kidney Dr. who watches my sodium.

I had both knees replaced over 30 years ago and they are just fine.

But, I do not complain. DH, 81 yr old, had whipple pancreatic cancer surgery, a year ago NOV. 30. He spent the next 9 months on chemo and radiation and sleep! But, he was fit, forced himself to hold his weight, followed orders and has been in remission since July. He is gaining back his fitness and muscle tone.

He presently is mountain hiking twice a week, biking daily and twice a week 20 - 40 miles. Cancer Dr. says he is his poster model. He is not given limits anymore...:)

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Darlene good for you! More people, (we the patients, need to do this more often). They work for us and I think we forget that.

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I also have the problems with small, rolling and collapsing veins. For some surgeries they had to gas me before putting IVs in. They would always argue that they couldn't use anything less than a 20 gauge needle. When I went for my first cataract surgery the pre-op doctor said that they have as small as 24 gauge that they can use, so the when they started to use the 20 gauge I told them I was told they could use a 24 and they actually paid attention to me. When they have someone new in the lab my doctor will tell them they have to use a pediatric needle because I have really small veins. Now, for some reason, everyone in that lab knows I have small veins.

There have been those who refuse to pay attention to me. When they did a CT scan one time I told them that I was told they would use an ultrasound to get a deeper, larger vein that was needed for the kind of CT scan and they refused. I ended up with a bruise 2" x 4" in my arm. They will never do that to me again. I will walk out on them and complain to the patient advocate and find the head of that department to complain to.



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2/9/18 6:16 P

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EEK!
My dad had a horror story about a new nurse. And he enjoyed dramatizing the story as entertaining as possible.

As for myself, I COULDN'T be afraid of needles, because I had to get my blood drawn twice a year from age 13 on, because of my thyroid condition.

But I must say, BLOOD RED is my favorite color!
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annual checkups, full bloodwork, and chest xray for my oncologist, whenever my blood pressure or thyroid prescriptions need to be renewed for my NA.

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good to know MaryAlice. Thank you for sharing. I didn't know they were only given three tries.

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I told one nurse, my veins are small, roll and collapse easy. She told me she knew how to draw blood. After I was black and blue, she managed to find a vain and then asked in a very disgusted voice why I didn't tell her I was a wee child in a big body. I told my Dr about it and she told me to always ask for another nurse if they can't find your vain after 3 tries. They will huff and puff, but that is the rules 3 tries and you call another nurse. But after that when the dr sent me to get blood she would tell them that they needed someone that could do small vains that collapse easy. A friend that is a lab tech says that when someone says small veins that collapse easy it is a child's needle child or not but since the small needles don't drew as fast. nurses don't like to use them

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You're made of braver stuff than I. I never disagree with them for fear of upsetting an angel of death. I've read too many Robin Cook and Michael Crichton novels!

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NITE, that reminds me of the times I'd tell nurses the best arm or vein for drawing blood and they'd respond with some snide comment of them knowing better because they were the nurse. So I'd let them try, futily of course and then tell them, if you had listened to me to begin with, we'd be done by now. So go to the vein I suggested.
I told my husband if the nurse that was putting the saline needle in my arm while I was in labor didn't listen to me I was going to bop her one. LOL
My dh calmly told the nurse, you need to listen to my wife or leave the room.



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I go for my annual checkup every six months and here of late, it's been every ten minutes or so. (Well, it seems like it anyway.) Stickin' me and cuttin' me. That's what they like. I think I'm their practice dummy. Two days ago I got stuck in the right arm. Tomorrow I'm gonna beg for the left arm. Monday is stress echo day and Dentist day. Tuesday is Urologist day. I got out of Valentine's day surgery till the following Wednesday so they could do all this extra pokin' and stickin'. At least I can skip my walk Monday cause they run your butt off on that treadmill. I'm gonna check my tracker to see how many steps I get in. (Maybe they'll make me take my tracker off and ruin that too.) I'm glad I have two insurance policies to pay for all this silliness.

Another thing I don't understand. Every person whose faith offers the promise of heaven wants to go there.... and yet we go through all this crap to stay out? What's with that? Reminds me of a signboard in front of a local church some time ago. "Everybody wants to go to heaven.... just not right away."

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I have to go about every 3 months. My doc keeps an eye on my thyroid, my weight, and bp.
Getting my weight down will help the other two!
She also keeps an eye on how my surgery sites feel and also checks for any swelling in my feet etc.

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I didn't until 12 years ago when I started having problems with my feet that turned out to be diabetes. Then found out I had cancer. Now I have to go for annual blood tests and get my prescriptions. Also have to go to the eye specialist every year because of the diabetes. Can't really afford to go to either.



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I go every six months to my family physician get a check up and my drugs reviewed. It's been this way since I went on Medicare.
Last year I was hit broadside by a a young woman who was DUI (drugs)who ran a stop sign. I was under doctors care and did physical therapy for months but right now I'm not seeing anyone. I was lucky but it totaled my car. After seeing my car I realize I could have been more seriously hurt.

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Not for me even when we had insurance. Nor do we go to the doctors when we get sick. I don't have a lot of faith in doctors. There's a reason they're called practicing physicians or practician. I can be my own guinea pig and it not cost as much.
I lost faith in doctors when I was misdiagnosed with gallstones for years and almost died from the surgery for internal bleeding, but I won't go into that.

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I've reached the age where I get 2 checkups a year, plus any extras that are needed.

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I have an annual checkup.

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I have an annual check up.




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I have gone in yearly for a good while. Now I see my pcp twice a year, my rheumatologist every 2 months, my cardiologist twice a year, and my oncologist twice a year.

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I go every year this year the VA only letting me do a once a year I was going every 6 months until this change this year. I see the rheumatologist every 3 months I'm hoping that hasn't changed.

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For many years I only saw the doctor when I was sick, which was very seldom. Once I qualified for Medicare and the medical system became more preventative minded - and started paying for physicals - I started to go yearly.

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I get regular check ups when I have insurance.


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Do you get a regular annual physical checkup each year or do you only see the doctor when you’re sick?



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