Blog - September 2016

Life on a Line

Posted on September 9, 2016 in mammography

From the painfully slow ticking of the clock before the end of the workday, to the bizarre speed it takes during vacation, time is never static.


In medicine, we note time in all manner of ways: heartbeats per minute; months, then  years of life; arbitrarily set forth eras, like from menarche to menopause. We as doctors focus on your needs based on your timeline with differing concerns and evaluations often based on your age. As radiologists and breast imagers, “Happy 40th Birthday” means time for your annual screening mammograms* to begin!


There are so many benchmarks of time in our lives from the everyday to the monumental. Taking time to enjoy the moments - big and small - and taking time to make sure you are in your best possible health are goals for which we strive.


We don’t want the incessant little but important things to pull focus from the bigger ones - the fun to be had, the growing, sharing, and chasing dreams. To that end, we can offer you this: a simple health timeline, a little map to guide you along the way of life so you can have a long, happy healthy one. A list of what to do and when to do it  to be your healthiest self.


Our goal is to be there to help you take care of you, so you can do all the things you’ve set out to, and a few you haven’t begun to dream about. Take good care, call us when you need us, and come in for your check-ups. As Mary Oliver asked, What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?


*for women at average risk


Image: Public Domain


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Adulting by Appointment Only

Posted on September 7, 2016 in mammography

Adulting. New words seem to pop up overnight, and as wordsmiths, exploring those new words and their reflection on our lives is sometimes a distracting past time. What is “adulting” and what does it mean for us? The ever-helpful Grammar Girl can explain the term at (delightful) length but really - it’s just what it sounds like.


The dentist, the well-woman exam, the mortgage payment, taking out the trash and turning down a party because of work the next day… oy vey.


All constitute the concept of doing the adult thing - or as we now can say, adulting. There are times for all of us when we wish we didn’t have to do the adult thing - when we wish someone else had to do the adulting for us! Keeping track of appointments and due dates for getting things done is one of those types of tasks that can make us feel overwhelmed.


Wouldn’t it be great if life came with some tips and tricks to make doing some of those tasks a little easier?


Ta-da! Medical appointments made simple, courtesy Lifehacker. Follow the link to an easier life! Scheduling your annual screening mammogram is easy to put-off - and there are lots of excuses that keep women from getting that potentially life-saving screening done. Why not give yourself a little help in remembering when you are due? And why not prompt yourself to remember a few other helpful things?

Prompts for scheduling appointments, medication refills and more are at your fingertips with this new digital tool. And scheduling a little downtime to celebrate your adulting, like a treat after completing that mammogram? We say it’s a perfect way to use the tool for quality adulting!


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