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The doctor nicely explained this was a Medicare Wellness Exam, which focuses on prevention. Blood pressure, pulse, listening to heart and lungs, and 20-something questions. Wow. That's it. I think my stress grew during this exam, because I couldn't believe it was the "full deal."
I left wondering how my health really was. Who knows? Worsening arthritis? Stomach issues? Any other organs going? Ears, nose and throat? I didn't feel like asking. It was a done deal. I had the medical equivalent of "20 questions." I had my "preventive" physical exam.
A last question: "Would you say you are in excellent, good...."
"I'm in excellent health," I replied, as the doctor closed her computer and walked out the door, wishing me happy holidays.