I don’t want to sound like my mom, but I have some advice that we all could use. You absolutely must have a primary care physician. Your OB/GYN doesn’t count! You need them in addition to your primary care physician. Your OB/GYN is great while you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant and postpartum, but you need your primary care for everything else.
I decided to feature this first coming off of a horrible week last week. I was so surprised when Jen had to go to Urgent Care because she did not have a primary care physician. Now her lack of having one had nothing to do with her outcome. It just got me thinking. Our emphasis lately has been that we as women, mothers, wives, employees, and everything else need to take care of ourselves first or we are useless to everyone around us. I am guilty of not having a primary doctor too at one point in my life. I actually had a near-death experience in the Bahamas six years ago (very long story!) and I learned my lesson the hard way. Now I get a physical once a year and I make sure my cholesterol is checked in addition to the rest of the regular check-up stuff. Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women? Not breast cancer, heart disease. So get your cholesterol checked.
My primary care physician is Dr. Alicia Cole with Mecklenburg Medical Group in SouthPark. I have been going to her for six years now and I love her. I remember when I first went to her, I was convinced that I had a thyroid condition and was hoping to get that “skinny pill.” She looked me straight in the eye and said “lay off the peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.” How did she know that I was hooked on them?! They got me through the morning sickness and I guess I just never gave them up!
So you know our routine. I post my doctor and you post yours in the comments section below. That way we build a great referral list for everyone in all parts of Charlotte. Thanks for your help!