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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Have you scheduled your mammogram today? I know it's not the most pleasant and comfortable thing to do. All the squashing and pressing your precious body parts up against a cold glass plate to have the overhead plate press down on you. What joy, right? That's what I want to schedule a time to do on a regular yearly basis. NOT!
One of the most popular excuses for NOT getting a mammogram is that you are too busy. Well, I am here to give you some time management tips to get your mammogram and your OB/GYN appointment into your schedule.
Time Management Tips to stay on track with your Mammograms checkups
- Before calling for your mammogram, look at the calendar and determine a date between your "visitor." Pick a date between day 5 and day 10 of your cycle. It should be less painful during this time.
- Schedule your mammogram at least one month ahead. You can contact your OB/GYN or your primary doctor to get the referral/prescription mailed to you. AND, by calling and scheduling way in advance, it gives you the flexibility to get the time and day you want.
- Add the appointment to your calendars. I put calendars here because you may have more than one schedule that you update on a regular basis.
- After you make your mammogram appointment, be sure to make your doctor appointment too at least 2-3 weeks after your mammogram appointment. This tip will also help you get in closer to when your results are just in, and the doctor would have a little while to check them.
- Block off an hour before and an hour after your appointment. This task will give you time to get to the location without stress. Some places require you to get there a half an hour earlier and register and may run later than you initially thought so allocating this time will help you manage the rest of your day.
- Create a recurring appointment on your digital calendar a month and a half before your year is up that reminds you to 1. Call your doctor for the referral and then 2. Call to schedule the mammogram.
By doing these simple steps, you will be able to set up your mammogram and your yearly OB/GYN appointment without stress and be able to feel good about yourself because you are taking care of yourself.
Let's continue the conversation. Do you have your mammogram scheduled? I scheduled mine! Do you have other tips you can share with the viewers that will help them schedule and keep their mammogram appointment? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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