QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HAVING SURGERY

Before undergoing any surgery, you should ask your doctor how to prepare and what to expect afterward. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org) says you need to communicate your goals and expectations to your plastic surgeon. And, of course, you should choose someone who is board certified by a reputable association such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and who has a good amount of training and experience….

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PAP SMEAR: TEST LOOKS FOR PRESENCE OF PRECANCEROUS CELLS

A Pap smear is a procedure that screens for cervical cancer. Most women should start getting Pap smears at age 21 years and every three years after. It should be a part of your annual physical exam. The test looks for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus or womb. During the procedure, cells from the cervix are scraped away. It is not painful and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You may bleed a little after the test is completed.

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WHAT IS A MEDICARE WELLNESS EXAM?

A Medicare Wellness Exam is a preventative screening visit your provider wants you to have once a year. This visit is free and is separate from your annual physical exam (if your plan covers annual physicals). Traditional Medicare does not pay for a physical – it only covers a Wellness Exam.  What is a Wellness Exam? The visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since your last visit). It is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health....

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MAKE A WISE ENERGY INVESTMENT IN 2018

Happy New Year, friends! For many of us, this is an important time of year as we work on making changes and accomplishing new goals. I hope you are very successful in whatever you choose to work on in 2018. I have some things I want to work on personally. One of my goals may be something you’ll want to consider.


One thing I want to do is maximize my investments, especially in terms of my energy. The goal in any investment is to expend the resource in such a way as to have a return that is greater than the expenditure. If you invest $100 in the stock market, you want to be able to withdraw $200 someday. It’s the same with other investments, even in the ways we invest our energy resources. I often hear in the therapy room examples of people investing a lot of energy into areas from which there is little or no return. Here are some ways people mismanage and subsequently diminish their energy accounts:



In all these “investments,” the energy you expend will not come back to you and thus it creates deficits. Conversely, here are some investment that are stone cold locks:



I could go on and on. You know which of these apply to you and all the others that are on your special list of ways to waste energy. Like me, you’ll get it right sometimes and goof up others. But I hope you’ll at least take an accounting of your energy investment portfolio and strongly consider pulling some funds from one of the liability categories to drop a few more energy bucks into healthier commodities. The market is ripe! There are gains to be made! Get in on the opportunity!

RALEIGH M. KINCAID, LMFT

A native of Beattyville, Kentucky, Raleigh M. Kincaid has lived in Lexington for nearly 20 years. He believes his job as a marriage and family therapist is to “help people find and act on the truth.”

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