Wellness Check Up : why you need one

Have you completed your annual physical exam?

An annual physical is an examination of your health history, physical exam and routine lab work including your blood sugar and cholesterol level. It is data that provides basic foundation for your health. It can tell you if you’re anemic, which can contribute to the fatigue you complain about or point out elevated blood pressure readings that can be controlled early or it can simply be unremarkable.

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Unfortunately, not many people find it necessary to complete. A common misconception is if they’re doing “okay”, they don’t need a physical. With time spent working in the health care system, I have seen many issues that a regular physical exam can prevent and try to encourage those around me to complete one.

Annual physical can help to :

  1. Identify issues that you may be at risk and provide guidance to implement changes.
  2. Decreases ED/Urgent care visits. There are many visits daily in the ED that are primary care issues.
  3. Decreases total cost of care in the long run. If your health is recorded with a PCP, you’re more likely to track your history and know before hand.
  4. Improves management of long term medical issues such as diabetes, hypertension, CAD, HIV etc.
  5. Patient and provider relations is maintained for a long time. I’ve been with my PCP for over 8 years and do not plan on changing that. We have an understanding that I wouldn’t want to break.

If you have access to care, please schedule a visit to your primary care provider. Begin and invest in your health, just as you are eating and exercising.Β  Remember,

Health is weath!

How to Survive Finals Week

FirstΒ  time inΒ  forever (probably since I started grade school) that I’m not preparing for an exam in December. Here are a few last minute tips to survive finals week. These have worked for me in the past and while I’m not a straight A student, I think I did okay.

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so studious πŸ˜‰

πŸ“ Limit or stay completely away from social media!! I used to either put my phone on DND or turn it off while studying so I’m not tempted to constantly start complaining about how much work I have 😩. We’re all guilty of this.

πŸ“Eat & Drink! So easy to want to get through a material and forget to take care of yourself. Your health is so important. & I have to eat, otherwise I get cranky πŸ₯΄πŸ€£

πŸ“Double check your topics list that will be covered on the exam. If you’re aware of what’s coming on the exam, you can plan how to review your notes, what your weak areas are and how to improve them.

πŸ“If it’s a cumulative exam, review old exam questions if you have them.

πŸ“Triple check the time & location of your exam. Don’t want to be late or go to the wrong exam hall.

πŸ“Ask for help. If you can arrange an effective study group, or call up a friend to explain a few things, don’t hesitate.

πŸ“Exercise. Even if its just taking a short walk, do something to help relax your mind.

πŸ“ Sleep! I always got atleast 5hours of sleep for every exam I ever took. I may tussle in my bed from nerves, but you won’t find me doing an all nighter. Never worked for me. (p.s the one time I got maybe 3hrs of sleep for an exam, I fell asleep while taking the exam πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ, so it’s def not worth it)

πŸ“Do your best. Sometimes the effort put into a coursework doesn’t always translate into an A+.

Best of luck to everyone finishing up the semester!!!

Have a tip to help someone? Share!

Summer 2019 Reading List

A friend and I was discussing our high school summer reading list mandated for English class and how I never read the books until a few days before school started. It got me thinking of creating a short summer reading list of my own and encouraging others to join. This summer, I will read 3 books with different genres, cultures and each set in different times. I think this will be a fun challenge along with finishing up graduate school and having Sunday brunch.

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The Wife between Us by G.Hendricks and S.Pekkanen

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong – GoodreadsΒ 

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty yearsβ€”from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuildingβ€”that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal livesβ€”the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happinessβ€”are inextricable from the history playing out around them –Goodreads

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.- Goodreads

I will start with The Wife Between Us,Β make sure you follow myΒ instagram for updates.

Do you have any books you’ll be reading this summer?

If you’d like to join for all three or any of them, please comment or email.

B.

It Only Takes One ‘YES’

Exactly 2 years ago, I was graduating from undergrad and worrying about PA school. When I woke up that morning, I felt like sh!t because the last school who had me on a waiting list was hosting the incoming class orientation the same day I was getting my B.A. On my way to the ceremony, I got a call from the Administrator asking if I still wanted to be on the wait list. I was shocked cause I thought the class was completed. Ofcourse I accepted and she promised to get back to me later that day. I checked and rechecked my phone all day. This was worse than waiting for a reply after sending a guy a lengthy or risky message. By the end of the day no phone call came. That night, after beating myself up mentally, I opened up CASPA and started entering my data for another application cycle.

2 days later – spongebob voice

On June 1, I got another phone call. The person asked if I still wanted to join the class. I thought someone was playing a cruel joke on me. I was a few seconds from cussing someone out! After he explained that he was part of admissions committee, he asked the question again. My initial thought was to say “No”. I had chucked up the cycle as a lesson and that I’ll do better the next time around. I asked my cousin who was laying next to me, what she thought and she looked at me as if I was crazy!!

Maybe I was…

I mean who turns down what they had been praying for?? I almost did because I was scared. I was scared that just maybe, I wasn’t ready, or that if they took that long to get to me, it wasn’t meant for me yet. I know you’re probably like “girl are you mad?”. Obviously you know I ended up accepting because I’ve shared the journey over the last two years with everyone who will listen but I wanted to share that the road to your dream may not happen as you imagined it. I surely never imagined that I’d be starting PA school 2 days after the whole class started but it happened. Your journey will be different from mine, at your own allotted time stamp according to God. And when that time comes, don’t let fear or doubt win.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts, that’s better than Flowers and Chocolate

Before you go Marie Antoinette on me, I love flowers and chocolate , especially the chocolate part BUT when it becomes repetitive, you want something new. So I have compiled a list that’s suitable for both men and women that will bring a smile to your partner’s face.

-Edible Arrangements : delicious, and kind of like flowers and chocolate together !

-Books! Lots of Books! Go to the bookstore, read while browsing, spend time with each other while lost in another world πŸ’›πŸ’›

-Sephora or Ulta’s gift card: you can thank me later. Makeup, skincare & perfumes/cologne?? Yep!

-Indoor Sky diving; something your partner will remember without actually wanting to kill you for taking him/her for the REAL skydiving

-Jewelry: Alex and Ani bracelets are amazing. The new Apple watch? maybe even a RING? **wink wink**

-Private Chef for the evening if you want to wine and dine

-Spa: unlimited wax pass ? YES! Mani and Pedi? YES, Facials & Massages? YES

-Fuzzy Sock, Hats & Gloves : Keeps him/her warm when you’re not there

-Candles and Bath Bombs, I can a see a relaxing evening in your future!

Hope these item gives you a clue and remember to celebrate love everyday.

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Inspirational Quotes for Every Woman

I’ve compiled some of my favorite and cheeky “girl power” quotes and just wanted to share since its #wcw

The list is in no particular order.

  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -E.Roosevelt
  • Well-behaved women seldom make history.Β  -E.Roosevelt
  • Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. -Beyonce
  • I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. – J.Eyre
  • Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in. -C.N.Adichie
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. -E.Roosevelt
  • Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. -V.Woolf
  • Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. –N.Ephron
  • You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. B.Young
  • I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be. –C.N.Adichie
  • Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.
  • No country can truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itselfs of the contribution of half of its citizens. -M.Obama

Hopefully this inspired you andΒ  brightened your day!

Happy Reading,

🌻🌻

Ode to Summer 2017

Woke up this morning, and after two days of staying indoors, I had to get out today. (Well I have to be at work, so that will require my Β “staycation” to be over). The snow was depressing and as I waited for my ride, I started dreaming of what summer would feel like right now.

Here is my impromptu ode to summer 🌞🌻🌴

Ode to Summer 2017

I’m absolutely imagining what the summer sun will feel like on my skin,

How my feet will be happy to step into some open toe sandals,

How I’d wear a romper and grab a light jacket for that full blast NYC bus AC,

How I’d quickly wipe down the sweat running along my laid baby hair as I wait for the S52 bus,

How the salty cool ocean breeze will blow around me as I frolic in my bathing suit,

How the mango flavored Popsicle will taste as I kick up my leg and read as the sun goes down,

How the girls and I will gather after a full meal of BBQ & Jerk chicken and play cards,

How much I’m missing you, summer. I’m anxiously awaiting your return

🌞

Happy Reading,

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