School of Thought

While caring for their family’s health, parents can’t forget their own.

There’s much to be done to prepare the kids for going back to school, including getting all the items they’ll need: new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks and new school supplies. There’re generally good deals on all of these items during the summer months. Summer’s also a good time to catch up on the kids’ health needs.

LAD imaging Interim Center Director Barbara Borden and patient Cara Burgess discuss getting your kids’ health checked for back-to-school and keeping yourself healthy.

While ramping up for the new school year, Cara reminds parents to take care of themselves as well as their children.

“We do all of the normal things as far as getting new school uniforms and supplies,” relates Cara Burgess, a local mother of two. “We also take time during the summer months to get any immunizations and any school or sports physicals that are required.

“If the kids have dental appointments or other doctor visits that need to be done, summer’s a good time to do them when the kids aren’t in school.”

Cara takes advantage of the summer months to update her kids’ health status. She also uses the season to help her children prepare for returning to the school environment.

“I’m able to spend more quality time with my kids when they’re not in school, while also getting the necessary things done to help them get ready to go back,” she confirms. “That way, the school year is a little less hectic for everyone when it starts.”

In their efforts to get their children prepared for going back to school, as well as keeping up with all their after-school activities, many parents neglect themselves and their own health needs. This includes overlooking the recommended screening exams. Cara believes these are critical to maintaining good health.

“I make them a priority,” she states. “To screen for cancer, I get an annual mammogram and Pap test. I’m also careful to keep up with my dental exams and annual physicals from my doctor. If I’m healthy, I can take care of my family.

“Parents can’t forget about taking care of their own health. Many of us are inclined to take care of our kids first and forget about ourselves, but we have to think about ourselves, as well, for our families’ wellbeing.”

Cara gets her mammograms done at LAD imaging, a fully accredited, outpatient imaging center in Deltona. LAD imaging serves the community with a wide range of diagnostic imaging tests, notes Barbara Borden, Interim Center Director.

“LAD imaging’s singular mission is to produce high-quality diagnostic images so doctors have the best information available in designing treatment plans for their patients,” Barbara clarifies. “Our vision is to create a pleasant, convenient
experience for both patient and prescriber.”

“I’ve been going to LAD imaging for five years, and have had my annual mammograms done there,” discloses Cara. “It’s nice to see the same people every year and have a history with them. It’s also comforting to know all of my records are in one place, and the staff can easily tell if there are any changes in my scans.”

Cara believes some people, especially women, are more attentive to the day-to-day functioning of their bodies and more attuned to any irregularities when they occur. She urges people with this intuition to act as soon as they notice anything out of the ordinary.

“I think as women, we know our bodies and when something doesn’t feel right,” she asserts. “Whenever we feel something’s wrong, we need to trust our instincts and get checked out, not just let it go. That way, we can be healthy and take better care of our families.”

Diagnostic and Screening

The tests available at LAD imaging include traditional x-rays, computed tomography (CT), mammography, dexa scans (bone density), high-field MRI and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), ultrasound (including four-dimensional OB images), and vascular studies.

While these tests are primarily diagnostic, part of LAD imaging’s role is to provide the community with health screening exams such as bone density testing and mammography. Barbara notes that the center offers other, less common screenings and exams as well.

“Physicians routinely perform scoliosis screenings on children as part of their annual physicals,” she observes. “The physicians have the children bend forward, and they check the curvature of the spine. If there’s any question or hesitation about the diagnosis, the children are sent to us for screening x-rays.

“In addition, sometimes physicians order low-dose CT scanning for people who smoke as a cancer screening. The scans look at the patients’ lungs to see if they are clear and free of cancer.”

Barbara agrees that the summer months are a good time for parents to tend to their children’s medical and dental appointments. She also concurs that parents must not neglect their own health needs. LAD imaging makes it easy for them to get any necessary diagnostic and screening exams performed.

“It’s difficult for parents to take care of their children if they’re sick,” she says. “So, it’s very important that they take care of themselves and make time to see to their own health. When it comes time for annual screenings and physicals, parents often put them off because they’re busy with the kids or working.

“LAD imaging is open six days a week, including Saturdays, and has late hours to accommodate those with busy schedules. We take walk-ins for x-rays, which are the most common tests requested. Exam reports are sent to the prescribing physician within twenty-four hours for a stat exam or within twenty-four to forty-eight hours for a traditional exam. That way, any necessary treatment can begin right away.”

In addition to her mammograms, Cara has received other services at LAD imaging during the five years she’s been a patient there. These services include MRIs and CT scans. She’s very pleased with her experiences every time she’s used the center.

“I always get great service and have always been treated with professionalism,” she reports.

Positive Policy

Parents are often quick to take their children to see a physician when they’re not feeling well, but they hesitate when it comes to going themselves. In some cases, work gets in the way, although some employers are more flexible than others about allowing employees to take time off to go to physician appointments.

Cara works as a human resources manager at the City of Deltona. She says they have an excellent strategy for promoting employee wellness and proper use of sick time.

“The city has a very good sick time policy that lets employees take time to care for ill family members as well as themselves,” she describes. “We also have a very strong wellness program that encourages employees to get their annual screenings and see their doctors on a regular basis.”

Not all employers are this way, however, and difficulty getting away from work to go to the doctor can cause further hesitation for parents who need to see a physician.

“Unfortunately, hesitating to go to the doctor can sometimes result in negative consequences,” comments Cara. “Parents must keep in mind that they have to take care of themselves to be there for their families.

“So my message to parents is: Make it a priority if you’re not feeling well to get checked out. It can’t hurt.”

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