I am getting old. This past year I turned the big “40”. To celebrate we took a family gondola ride in Marina del Rey. The kids and I saw the lone gondola in the area while spending an afternoon taking water taxis around the marina. I cannot believe that I am 40! I was glad that only one person referenced my age on Facebook!!
I am going to say that age is only a number. I sure don’t feel 40. I feel more like 35, maybe it is the new 40. Being 40 I have decided I really do not want any more children. Yes, I can still have kids at 40, but I have my hands full with the two little ones I have now, and really couldn’t afford another little person. Not to mention all the screenings you have to go through during pregnancy once you reach the age of 35; at age 40 they add even more tests.
That brings me to another test strongly suggested test at age 40 for women, a mammogram. I waited until December to go to the doctor for my annual check-up this year. My birthday is in mid-August and it took me a few months to get on track. Being 40 my doctor gave me a doctor’s order for a mammogram. I called to make an appointment and two days later I was at the women’s health center for an appointment.
Not knowing what to except I ‘You Tubed’ mammograms to be informed about the screening procedure. The day of my appointment I was in and out of the screening room in 45 minutes. Results came by mail shortly after; my test results came back normal. It was a simple procedure and I highly recommend that all women have it done on a regular schedule once they reach age 40. It is recommended by the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging to have a mammogram starting at age 30 at the latest if you have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer.
Preventative healthcare is the best. I am fortunate to have health insurance, if you don’t have health insurance go to a clinic for your annual tests. And do go for all suggested screening tests, it is better to catch any problems earlier than later to fight whatever is going on.