After avoiding the dentist entirely for over 2 years, I'm alternating regular dental cleanings with periodontal scalings every 3 months in the hopes of avoiding gum surgery. So far, so good. The first use of the new plan had a lower out-of-pocket charge than before.
I'm still seeing eye floaters (almost 2 years now), and have never been crazy about my contacts prescription (which hasn't changed in over 3 years). Sucks to get old.
Back in December, I was feeling short of breath and low in stamina. I couldn't keep up with senior citizens walking down the street. I've never been physically fit, but this was getting scary. I went to the doctor, who immediately took an EKG (normal) and bloodwork. The result was unexpected (to me, anyway) - low thyroid levels. So I've been on synthroid all year, with regular blood tests to ascertain the dosage. 50 mcg was too much, 25 too little; alternating them seems to work.
As long as I was at the doctor, he ordered a mammogram (normal), bone density (showed signs of osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis - so I'm taking calcium), chest x-ray (normal), and stress test. For this last, I had no exercise clothes and improvised with a long T-shirt, leggings, and rubber-soled Acorn slippers. They put a hospital gown on me anyway. This was my first time ever on a treadmill and it felt weird, but I managed, and the results were normal.
This meant I was cleared to exercise (and ordered to do so 30 minutes a day), so I joined the gym in my building which has a few machines, weights, and exercise balls. I had no idea what to do with this equipment and signed up for the once-a-week trainer - who never showed up. The person in the office was unclear if the trainer still existed. I then found the manual for the elliptical machine online, so got a vague idea what to do. I was alternating the elliptical (at the easiest levels) with walking each day, and recording food and exercise on an online fitness site. I was really good about this for about 6 weeks, and have not been to the gym since. Oops. As it gets cooler, it should be more pleasant to go back.