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Old 10-17-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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He's causing anxiety to you and you are the one who will be affected if he gets seriously ill as you will probably become responsible for him.
That's my main concern. He knows that very well himself, he had to take care of my mother for months until she passed away.

My brothers and I are still young and it would be hard to adjust our lives in case he had a non-fatal stroke (for example) that left him impaired.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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No, doctors don't guarantee good health, but going for a "check-up" and "basic bloodwork" is guaranteed to find certain abnormalities (just mathematically - tests aren't perfect) that lead to further tests, exams, etc. It's not unusual for a previously healthy older person to find themselves with a diagnosis of "high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary disease, enlarged prostate" in a blink of an eye and go from zero to 10 medications and from 0 medical visits to 4-10 visits with different specialists in a year.
That would never happen with my father, he has no patience for that kind of thing. Of course check ups don't guarantee good health, if they did you would barely need hospitals. But I think he could understand my brothers and I have the right to be worried about him and that if something happens, we would be the ones having to take care of him.

I don't think he's afraid of going but he probably associates going to the doctor with huge crowds and waiting times, unfriendly receptionists and nurses and not being taken seriously. I'm know several doctors who own clinics and he could for a stress free, barely no waiting time check up.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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If he is fine with it, then let the chips fall as they may!
It's his choice.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Of course, some anecdotal cases will prove otherwise, but there are studies which show that even in cases of hypertension, heart conditions, and cancer, outcomes are similar whether a person has regular checkups or not.

I started a new thread on this, but:

Are Health Check-Ups Necessary? Study Says Not So Much | Healthland | TIME.com

We are always told that with early detection and treatment, lives can be prolonged, but nine out of fourteen of these long termed studies say 'no' treated or untreated, the outcomes are the same.

I would have the exam and tests, thinking that more information is always better than less, but as much as we can, a person should be able to set the terms of his own life (and death). The only way I would interfere is if the fellow were to be incapacitated due to what would commonly be perceived as his own negligence, maybe I would tell him not to count on me to be there, helping.

My father was given a clean bill of health and died from a coronary event shortly thereafter.

My mother needed a heart operation and the hospital her cardiologist was affiliated with shared one cardiac surgeon among three hospitals. They chose to operate on a younger person and my mother died in the hospital, waiting for help.

Doctors do the best that they can but cannot accomplish miracles. We are all, in different ways, victims of circumstance.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:24 PM
 
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The old adage applies here,"if it ain't broke don't try to fix it".
If he goes to a doctor now with no symptoms of anything wrong they'd have a field day wanting to do tests and scare him about maybe finding something wrong. Greedy doctors today.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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The old adage applies here,"if it ain't broke don't try to fix it".
If he goes to a doctor now with no symptoms of anything wrong they'd have a field day wanting to do tests and scare him about maybe finding something wrong. Greedy doctors today.
This ^^^^^!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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The old adage applies here,"if it ain't broke don't try to fix it".
If he goes to a doctor now with no symptoms of anything wrong they'd have a field day wanting to do tests and scare him about maybe finding something wrong. Greedy doctors today.

oh they would find something! Unless you actually go in with a sickness or a pain--then they are clueless.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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The old adage applies here,"if it ain't broke don't try to fix it".
If he goes to a doctor now with no symptoms of anything wrong they'd have a field day wanting to do tests and scare him about maybe finding something wrong. Greedy doctors today.
But it is broke, that lack of symptoms only mask that.

Great if it out right kills you, but do you really want to spend the next 20 years drooling in your lab, crapping your shorts and leaving a train of urine when ever you move? Wishing you were dead is worse than being dead, and utterly stupid when a pill a day can prevent either.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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But it is broke, that lack of symptoms only mask that.

Great if it out right kills you, but do you really want to spend the next 20 years drooling in your lab, crapping your shorts and leaving a train of urine when ever you move? Wishing you were dead is worse than being dead, and utterly stupid when a pill a day can prevent either.
They said he has no symptoms of anything wrong, they are just trying to force him to go see a doctor. For what purpose. What's he going to tell the doctor if he's forced to go, that his family has symptoms of delusion.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:09 AM
 
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They said he has no symptoms of anything wrong, they are just trying to force him to go see a doctor. For what purpose. What's he going to tell the doctor if he's forced to go, that his family has symptoms of delusion.

ok, that's funny
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