A slightly-overdue visit to the doctor for my regular physical is coming up tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it. At my age, about the best you can expect to hear is that you're not declining as quickly as most people your age.
To make matters worse, I have "white coat blood pressure:" my blood pressure is always higher than usual at the doctor's office. None of them follow the correct procedure -- you're supposed to have been sitting quietly for five minutes first -- and that doesn't help. Then there's the way the thresholds for hypertension and pre-hypertension keep getting lower and lower. So I'll be doing my best to think soothing thoughts.
Still -- I just don't see much reason in seeing a doctor unless I'm sick or injured. Aging isn't a disease; it's a natural (if unwelcome) process. Getting my sinuses cleared out last year? Great use of doctorin'. Being hectored about my blood pressure and two or three Reeses Peanut Butter Cups per workday, not so much. They've never been able to do a darned thing about my migraines, after all, and the list of foods that are bad for you vs. good for you changes almost monthly. I'll smile, be polite, get through it and keep my own council.
4 weeks ago