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Pattaya Daily News

21 April 2011 :: 10:04:37 am 52955

Give your wife a present

The Homemaker is a very important part of your household. It is ‘she’ (generally, but not necessarily so) which keeps the household organized, children to school, picked up from ballet classes and has food on the table. However, she is often forgotten in the check-up stakes.
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Personally, I believe that check-ups are very important. There are those who say, I’m going to die anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. I agree that we are all going to die one day (despite all advances in medical science, the death rate will always be the same – one per person!), but I would rather that it be later than sooner, and give me the best Quality of Life that I could possibly expect for as long as possible. (Mind you, if I do find the elixir of life in the meantime, I will let you know, and sell you a bottle!)

Check-ups are part of that important feature called the Quality of Life. Longevity alone, with no Quality, just isn’t worth having. How about, for example, being stuck in a wheelchair as a double amputee for the last 20 years of your life because you did not know you had diabetes. Not the Quality I would want – or you, I am sure.

There are so many conditions that can affect your enjoyment of the future, but can be discovered early. Blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, cardiac function, renal (kidney) function and liver function can be monitored through an annual check-up, as can prostate size (indicated by the PSA blood test) or breast tumors (by mammogram).

So, who should have these check-ups? Simple answer is yourself and the homemaker. The hospital has re-introduced its Healthy Family Summer 2011 promotion. This is one of those ‘Buy 1 – Get 1 free’ offers, so beloved by the Thai society. My wife cannot walk past one of these in-store promotions without the double purchase, and I’m sure your wives are probably the same. We are now proud owners of two deep-fryers (last week) and two suki cookers (the week before). At least we won’t be left fryerless when it first one fuses, as they all do. But there’s nothing you can do about it, chaps. It’s all part of the shopaholic gene inherited by women at birth. And Thai women get two of them.

However, in the health stakes, the homemaker often gets forgotten. Our Healthy Family Summer 2011 does help redress this situation, where this time Mum and Dad, or Homemaker and Breadwinner, can both benefit. There are three different levels, depending upon the number and type of tests, starting from THB 3,900 – and that is for two people remember. Cheap enough!

The Check-Up center is on the 5th floor. You can book through telephone 1719, but you must do this before the end of May.

by Dr.Iain Corness

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