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Making Doctor Appointments

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE

It’s easier to go to an appointment than it is to make one. You think it has only been a year since you had a physical exam, but when you look back, you realize it has been two or maybe three years since your last one! Oh boy, how time flies! Here are some tips that will help to remind you:

  1. Schedule annual appointments (physicals, eye exams, mammograms, etc.) around annual events such as birthdays or anniversaries to help you to remember your appointments.
  2. Mark your calendar to schedule long-range appointments. Some doctor visits require making appointments many months in advance, so put reminders on your calendar.
  3. Some doctors’ or dentists’ offices will write your next appointment on a card which you can take home with you. Keep it in a handy place.
  4. I was surprised to find so many helpful electronic apps for smartphones. Health apps are like digital file cabinets for your medical records.

Life is too hectic to try to remember your appointments, so try one of the above suggestions. Follow-up appointments are necessary to keep you safe and healthy.


Kathy Sinkin is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Family Health and Wellness Program. She can be reached at


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