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March 20, 2007 / missknowitall

Husbands and Doctors

Dear Little Miss,

My husband is underweight and proud of it!  How best should I encourage him to at least get a yearly checkup from a doctor?

Dear Worried Wife,

Getting husbands to get a check up at the doctor’s is the only thing harder than getting them to go to the dentist.  While I would like to say it is because they are such babies I really can’t blame them for not wanting to be poked and prodded (and possibly without any clothes on at the time, either).  Women really have no choice, we have to see doctors because the female body has a lot goin’ on with it.  Men, however, tend to get away with being pretty darn healthy most of the time (except when they have a cold and act like they are dying).  The problem is that, because they seem so healthy, it takes a lot longer for anything serious to become apparent, which often leads to it being too late to do anything about it.  So, how do we get these tough, stubborn, prod-phobic men to get a check up now and then?  Here are my little tricks.  I usually start with the first and work my way down till one of them works.

1.  Tell him that you love him and want to make sure that he is around for a long time.  Tell him that all you want for Valentines Day, Christmas, or your birthday is for him to get a check up.  Then keep bugging him.

2.  Find and read to him stories of men who have had close calls with physical stuff because they had a check up and a doctor caught it just in time.  Then keep bugging him.

3. Schedule a check up for him with his doctor, call and notify his work of the date he will be absent.  Then don’t tell him until the evening before the appointment and tell him that the doctor’s office charges $200 for missed appointments without 24 hour notice =). 

Even if you don’t have to get to #3 I have found that unless I schedule the appointment for him, it just ain’t gonna happen.  Also, if you have concerns that you specifically want addressed at the check up you need to let the doctor know, ahead of time, what you want covered in the check up.  Don’t forget to ask the doctor to do blood work too.  As a girl who lost her daddy to cancer at much too young an age, I think any kind of conniving is worth it to keep our men healthy and living longer. 

Persuadingly yours,

Miss Knowitall  


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  1. Two Witches / Mar 20 2007 8:21 am

    And if that doesn’t work – you can always use a good bribe! Offer him a night out with the boys, or to cook his favorite meal in exchange for going to the doctors. Love your blog! Lady Rose, (more then 60 lbs lost, less then 90 to go!), founder of The Diet Pulpit and co-author Incredible Shrinking Ladies blog

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