A Needle in a Haystack
Amazing at Eighty-Seven

Routine Testing

I’ve seen my dentist twice a year decade after decade. I like my dentist a lot, but that doesn’t mean I like seeing him. But I do like to eat, so saving my teeth is a priority.

I’m also good about my annual medical check ups. I had good insurance while I was working that has continued into my retirement, now supplemented by Medicare. I’ve been in the excellent hands of my primary care physicians over the years. And my dermatologist.

I dread colonoscopies, but I get them. And I get an annual mammogram. My good health is some combination of genes, responsible eating and exercise, and I don’t take it for granted.

So when I read that some people are recommending no further mammograms or colonoscopies after age 75, my first thought was “Wait! I’m not done yet!”


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