Time for the Big Girl Panties!!!

granny-pantiesI wonder how many people are out there that are afraid of going to the doctor, dentist etc.? I can’t say I’m entirely afraid, but more like nervous. I know many people who will go to the doctor at the slightest symptoms. Or for just a cold or rash. I guess I’ve been lucky with Bailey, he goes to the doctor every 3 months but that’s just for his ADHD checkups. He’s very rarely sick with something that requires a doctors attention. I always make sure he gets to the dentist, eye doctor or what have you. When it comes to me, well….lets just say I kinda forget, actually I’m very aware of the fact that I should go, honestly I choose not to.

I can explain the dentist thing, I had braces for almost 4 years and had to go every month to get them tightened. If anyones had braces, I bet you can still feel that pain! I can, that hurt so bad!!!! Kinda like when people tell you, “oh you’ll forget ALL about the pain you went through with labor once you hold that baby.” I DON’T THINK SO! I didn’t, in fact that feeling is still deep inside me and I remind Bailey of it often! 🙂

When I was close to delivery I had false labor (in my back) in the middle of the night. I didn’t want anyone to worry, I just took my  big belly and my  HOLY $HIT  contractions and went into the living room and dealt with it by myself. Yea…I got a lot of $hit for that!! In 2005 I had a hysterectomy, do you think I’ve been back to see her since?? Nope! She would yell at me now, that’s why I haven’t gone!! I know…stupid huh?  I figure the pain is mostly gone so why go back? Then a couple months ago I felt a lump in one of my breasts, THAT scared me enough to go in. It was nothing, thank the heavens above!! It did scare me enough to be more aware of my body and to take better care of it. I haven’t been able to breath through my nose for 15 years because of the amount of broken noses I’ve had. In which none of them I went to the doctor for. I’ve learned to just deal with it. Now I have a horrible chipped tooth that requires a dentist and a pain in my neck that has lasted for 3 months now!!

This isn’t from a lack of trying. I try to go. I really do. I tell the secretary “DO NOT let me cancel!” So really, it’s their fault, if only they would listen! Kidding, it’s not their fault but I do warn them I will try to cancel, they laugh but I’m very serious. Jason says he’s going to trick me into going to all the appointments by telling me we’re going somewhere else and he’ll just take me in. No backing out of that!! I kind of wish he would. It’s the anticipation I cannot handle. If I have a way of backing out, I WILL!

So this is my list of goals to do before March. Not only make appointments for my annual, my neck, my teeth and my nose, but actually go to them. Am I the only one like this?  I know I need to pull on my big girl panties and stop being such a sissy lala!!! PLEASE tell me I’m not alone here!!!!!!! I really do not look forward to this. The results, yes, the whole process and everything that applies to getting the results…not too thrilled about that. So hopefully with a little time of me “manning” up, I will have healthy teeth, a nose I can breath out of and the only pain in my neck will be that of certain men in my life, haha!! 😉

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29 Responses to Time for the Big Girl Panties!!!

  1. fibi says:

    I will do everything I can to get out of going to the doctors.. I will try every natural remedy known to man before I succumb!

  2. Doraz says:

    I feel certain people rely on my strengths to do certain things in their lives, so I feel as sense of responsibility to them to stay healthy. I look at a doctor’s visit as a validation of how I think I am doing. It reassures me when they say all is well! Good Luck tackling those demons!

  3. pastfirst says:

    Why is it that when we go to the doctor with an ache in our little finger, he always seems to find all sorts of other problems that we didn’t even know about and would have been quite happy not knowing about.
    And we completely forget about dealing with the “little finger” problem.

  4. mssc54 says:

    My Mrs. is the same way. For different reasons though. She is thorughly convinced that if she does not go to work that the world will actually stop spinning on it’s axis and all will be lost.

    Hey… any idea which laundry detergent that woman uses on her undies? They sure are white!

  5. javajunkee says:

    last year I drove in a blizzard (not even kidding) to get to my boob press just to get it over with. I sit around dreading it and want to cancel for any reason but I’m more about going and getting the letter back that I’m ok at least in those couple of areas that are being checked.
    I do go to the dentist because I drink so much coffee my teeth look horrible if I don’t get a good cleaning (can’t afford those strips or trays).

    so yeah I DREAD all of it but I do make myself go just to be done with it.

  6. Sue says:

    HA HA!! You must have known that my dentist reminder card has been hanging on my calendar! I just made my appointment. They couldn’t get me in til April, but whatever. I don’t mind going to the doc or dentist or eye doctor. It’s important to get your checkups when your healthy to stay healthy. I’m a big advocate for that! There really is nothing to be afraid of when you go in for a check up. Nose surgery itself on the other hand…I’m not going to lie Nikki, it’s not pretty! BUT, for the couple of nurses at work who have had it done (and one’s had it redone) it is completely worth being able to breath out of your nose again! Toby’s nose is so messed up, but I can’t get him to go in either. I will keep on you to make sure you schedule your appointments and if you want someone to take you, I can be available:)

  7. Just a Mom says:

    I hate going to the doctor and the dentst. I only go to them if I absolutely have too! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is my theory!
    Nikki ~ I had back labor with my first born. That is the worst pain in the entire world!

  8. Joy says:

    Oh Nikki. I hate you for bringing this up!!! I can’t even tell you the last time I was at the doctor. Honestly, it’s been so long that I really don’t remember. The dentist….another story. I waited so long for that that it ended up costing me $8.000. I love my teeth now but they sure did look bad for a while.

    It’s not that I’m afraid, it’s just making that phone call and going. I know so many people who go in for every little hiccup and I just don’t get that either. Some people just like being able to talk about being sick or “having” something. I don’t get it.

    I had back labor with Jason also and I didn’t find it very pretty either.

  9. Gary says:

    Going to the doctor has never bothered me too much. I of course get a little nervous while in the waiting room but nothing I can’t handle. Going to the dentist is another story! I would rather be dipped in 350 degree grease for 30 minutes than go to the dentist although I MAKE myself go. I have a dentist appointment next week as a matter of fact and I’m starting to dread it already.

  10. nikki says:

    I can’t even tell you how I would feel if I had a dentist appointment next week!!! I dread even making the appointment.
    Sue, I’m just so tired of having a constant little cold inside my nose! I hate that I have to sleep with my mouth open!! The thing with the dentist is that I have never had a tooth pulled in my life! I still have both bottom wisdom (you’d think I’d be wise!) teeth that are growing towards my teeth instead of up. I went to the dentist about 4 years ago and they told me that I had to call a surgeon to take them out. I never called.
    Joy, sorry!!! Maybe we should make this goal together!!!!! Come on…we can do it!!!

  11. nikki says:

    Thanks mom for embarrassing me in front of the whole class!!! You take my panties down now!

  12. Joy says:

    LOL!!! Isn’t that the best photo EVER???

  13. nikki says:

    Yes it’s perfect! lol

  14. I don’t mind either; do you hate me for that?!?!? LOL Seriously, neither one bothers me; I go to the dentist every six months for cleaning and checkup. I go yearly to my doctor for an exam; bloodwork every six months; pap every year. I have not been as faithful about my eyes over the years, but am trying to keep up with that also, since now I wear TRIFOCALS!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

    For me, preventive medicine is what keeps me healthy; not so much what they do, but what they check for. My physician is very thorough and I fully trust her.

    What color big girl panties will you be putting on? I am known for my granny like gauchies, white and high waisted!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

  15. nikki says:

    HA!! ROFLMAO!!!!! Pink with purple and turquoise polka dots to match my parachute!!!!! LMAO!!! I missed you V~!!!

  16. Sue says:

    I had my wisdom teeth out when I was a senior in high school. I went to an oral surgeon and it was the easiest thing I’ve done. I laughed myself asleep in the chair, woke up in their little recovery room and then walked out the front door to go home. The doctor called me that night to see how I was and was really surprised that I answered the phone. You can do it! Just do what they tell you and you’ll be fine.

  17. nikki says:

    Sue that’s the other thing that freaks me out!! Laughing gas!!
    I’ve never had it and I laugh loudly as it is!!!!!!!

  18. Joy says:

    Nikki, they will knock you out to take those out. No worries there. I got “dry socket” from smoking but I didn’t find my wisdom teeth a big deal to get taken out.

  19. nikki says:

    Being knocked out is way better for me! I’ve had enough surgeries I’m used to that! I know I can do it, I’ve been through waaaaay worse!

  20. Morocco says:

    I dread going as well for myself. It seems they always “find” something.

    Plus, I had braces but I don’t remember the pain. It was so worth every moment of discomfort to have the beautiful teeth that I have now.

    I too, had dry socket Joy (I don’t smoke and didn’t drink from straws)and it was excruciatingly painful! It was worse than child birth!

  21. SKL says:

    I am bad too. First of all, I feel like a lot of what happens in the doc’s office hurts more than it helps. The loooooong waits, the disrespectful treatment, the extra germs and chemicals, the physical pain, the embarrassment, and let’s not forget the money. I have been known to go through a fair amount of effort to convince myself that I didn’t need to do those routine things, at least not “yet.”

    I do feel like 95% of my health is based on things I do at home. Which I could do a lot better nowadays! I am really bad about stuff like flossing, and I’ve become pretty bad about eating too. Usually I don’t let things go very long, but right now, I’m pretty close to my worst, so I’d better get in shape. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

    I have a few things I really need to schedule and I’m just not getting to it – there never seems to be a good time to get away from work, kids, etc. to do maintenance on myself. I have cancer in my family and it’s really time for some of those screenings. I need to be around for my daughters’ weddings and such. I rationalize that my lifestyle and my general health make it “unlikely” that I have an undetected problem, but I really know that’s not enough. I need to bite the bullet. (Yuck!)

  22. SKL says:

    Oh, I meant to add that when I was in my early 20s, I was told, based on x-rays, that my wisdom teeth were all growing in sideways and would have to be surgically removed. Well, 20 years later, I still don’t have wisdom teeth and I never had anything done with them. And the dentists I’ve been to in the past 10 years or so haven’t said a word about them. I have read something about teeth getting reabsorbed . . . is this for real? Did I really get lucky enough to skip the whole wisdom teeth drama? I hope so. Wouldn’t it be nice to find out that staying away from the dentist/doctor was actually a good idea?

  23. Joy says:

    I don’t know about the teeth SKL. Anyone else know??

  24. Tessa says:

    So many of us feel your anxiety and agree with you! Doctor appointments make me very anxious, very nervous. I am intimidated and it is hard for me to tell them what is on my mind and put my foot down when I know I am right and they are wrong. For Ben or for my husband or anyone else, I would tell them how it was in a heartbeat. But for some reason, I think because as a child I had a lot of doctor appointments, I am nervous nelly in the dr. office. Most people are I think. It is hard to overcome. Believe in you, good for you for confronting this and making a comittment to your health, Nikki. Like my mom always tell me, only you can speak up for you. Your only voice is your own.

  25. nikki says:

    So what your saying is I don’t have to have them pulled SKL?????? I like that!

  26. shane says:

    I can’t stand going to the dentist or the doctor either. But if I must go I’ll go. I haven’t been to the dentist in three years, how bad is that. I had a filling that came out a year ago and it hurts and is a very big annoyance. I had my wisdom teeth taken out in high school also and it hurt for me, only for a day or two though. Getting put out isn’t nothing to worry about. They put the mask on and told me to count to ten, I got to about 3 and I was out. I really liked the pills they gave me “cloud 9” LOL.

  27. Tessa says:

    Sue, I agree. I say if we get our cars checked up, we should get ourselves checked up once a year too. We fix house hold appliances if they are broke or sound funny! Once a year, there are very important tests that can detect if something is wrong early on and stop it early and easy. Woman need those check ups especially!

  28. starlaschat says:

    09 has been amazing for me everything medical I feared I have just about concord . Dentist huge FEAR.!Mamogram just got the results normal Yeah! sinus doctors many Dr’s. still working on that one. I guess the big thing I learned especially with the dentist is that fear would not be gone but that even tho I had fear I could survive. I am so glad to get all these test done. To show up and getter done it’s exsillerating to realize you can survive and be stonger for it.

  29. nikki says:

    A clean bill of health!! Gotta be a great feeling!! Congrats 🙂

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