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Ruby McBeth: Beyond the basics of your health journal

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Ruby McBeth: "To move beyond the basic medical facts for a doctor’s visits, we can prepare lists. These are mainly to help us answer doctors’ questions but also to help us remember things we want to share with them or ask them."

To move beyond the basic medical facts for a doctor’s visits, we can prepare lists. These are mainly to help us answer doctors’ questions but also to help us remember things we want to share with them or ask them. 

Some typical questions are: Have ever smoked and if so when did you quit? How much alcohol do you consume? Are there medications you used in the past and have discontinued (e.g. birth control pills). What operations have you had? What major illnesses have you had and when? What immunizations and when? Have you broken bones in the past? 

One question that is often asked is about family medical history. Is there a history of certain illnesses in your family? Here you would include conditions like diabetes, heart trouble, cancers, kidney trouble, and mental illnesses. You could also make a list of trips to emergency. This would remind you of situations which you might have forgotten. I was in emergency once for a tick bite which might be important – I hope not. 

Next week – some advice on what to do when you are at the clinic.

Property taxes

Once again, this year you apply for the home owner’s grant online. Remember to leave off the first zero of the roll number to make it simpler to do the entry. To apply online visit gov.b.ca/homeownergrant or apply by phone toll-free 1-888-355-2700.

Senior’s Games

The playdowns for golf and pickleball are in June. The golf playdowns will be held at the Lakeview course at Charlie Lake on Monday June 13. Tee time 9:30 a.m. You must contact Annette Reeder to register (250-793-4394). Deadline to register is June 6. The date for pickleball has not yet been decided. Contact Robin Sipe rsipe@bluenova.ca or phone 250-262-5801 if you are interested. Check their Facebook page and watch for updates.

Learning the lingo

This week’s term is surge protector. Surge protectors keep your computer safe if there is a sudden increase in voltage such as might occur in an electrical storm. Just as you don’t want to be hit by lightning so also your electronic devices will suffer if they get that extra electricity. A surge protector diverts the extra voltage to earth thus protecting your computer. You may want to install surge protectors on your television and battery chargers as well.

Quote of the week

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” (Charles Dickens)


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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