***EDITED: Ack. I don't think the toe-nail one was meant to be high up on the list. At some point, I just started typing items because I remembered them, not because I remembered then in any particular order. So, sorry, sorry, sorry, if I've sent you all off on a quest for zinc lotion.
I recently switched primary physicians. We had a meet-and-greet-your-doctor appointment. I live a life filled with lists. It's my survival strategy. (Thank goodness for real estate agents who drop long pads of paper by my front door.) I trundled off to meet Dr. K., armed with a list of questions. I thought I'd share Dr. K's medical words of wisdom concerning longevity and general health.
Me: What is the age of your oldest patient?
Dr. K: She's in her 90s.
Me: What kind of shape is she in?
Dr. K: Good. She's still living alone.
Me: What are your ten top pieces of advice for people who'd like to reach this age and beyond, while maintaining good health?
1. Don't smoke.
2. Don't be over weight.
3. Exercise regularly. Three of four times a week.
4. Drink alcohol in moderation.
5. Wear sunscreen every day. Pay particular attention to your face and your left arm.
6. If your toe nails thicken and yellow, treat twice a day with zinc lotion.
7. Take your vitamins daily. (And she told me what amounts of various vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, to take.)
8. Check that your multi-vitamin dissolves easily by dropping it in a cup of water. It should dissolve within an hour.
9. Get enough sleep, seven or eight hours nightly.
10. I've forgotten #10. Hopefully, it wasn't the most important suggestion! The golden key to longevity, as it were.
Do you have anything to add to the list?
You can click here for a yahoo article with solid suggestions for staying healthy.
We can all get healthy together!
And totally off topic....sorry, but there is no way to segue into this....does anyone have knowledge of SAT prep courses? I'd love to hear of any experiences with University of San Diego's program. And, well, just any program at all. Child #2 is interested in starting to study for his SATs.
I'm headed back to the dentist early tomorrow morning with Child #4. I swear that girl doesn't have any enamel.
And...congratulations to Child #3 and Child #4! You made it all the way through grade 7 and grade 3, respectively. Friday is the first day of summer vacations. (I don't want to spoil the moment, but there will be to-do lists this summer.)
A few people have asked me detail my summer plans. I will. I'm not quite done, scrambling to work out last-minute details. I realized today that I had seriously overbooked Child #4. I'll have to slow life down a little for her. And, consequently, for me!