It is that time again . Time for the dreaded PHA- the Periodic Health Assesement. First of all, I would like to thank whomever it was that got rid of the female PAP portion of the yearly health screening because getting scraped, prodded and “assessed” in that region of my body in a mobile trailer set up outside in the Florida sun by an Ob/Gyn I have never met before is absolutely ridiculous and GROSS!
Since we are getting ready to deploy, we do not want to mention anything that would make us non-deployable, right? So, should I not advise the doctor(s) of my acute sleep disorder, chronic back pain, runners knee, growing fibroids and… C’mon, I am totally kidding here. Maybe I am not. Either way, going through the assessment is a necessity. There are so many young soldiers that have issues and are never seen by a doctor, especially in the National Guard or Reserves, when as a civilian, they may not have medical coverage. Yes, I know they can get Tricare at a low-cost, but even a low-cost is a large cost to a 19 year old private. I can understand the military not wanting to find out later rather than sooner about a soldiers medical problems. If an issue can be prevented, let the medical staff find out and let us NCO’s do what we can to help. Maybe the medical problem can be easily solved with medication or a change in diet. Or maybe the issue is critical and the PHA actually saves the soldier from having a stroke or heart attack. If something is seriously wrong with me, I would want to know (jokesters, stay in your lane; mental health assessments do not count)!
Teeth? Check! Blood Pressure? Check! Eyes? Check! Hearing, hearing, hearing…? Check! My concern is the medication I take for fibroid pain. Yeah, I was only half kidding before. I have had several surgeries for fibroids and the pain has returned. The only thing I can do to operate as a normal person when the pain kicks in is take narcotics. Seems like an oxymoron, narcotics/normal, but it is absolutely my truth. When I have pain, it makes me want to curl into the permanent fetal position and moan… for days! I hope they understand that with the medication, I can actually function. Other than that, I should be as healthy as a fox; or is it an OX? Are foxes healthy?
Oh, I need to cover up my mountain biking accident injury, too. I’m just a mess! But I get better with OLD age!
*Cough, cough, clear throat and smile*