Wednesday, October 20, 2010
So my physical was today. I had my blood work done on Friday.
I have a great MD who understand the needs of active people. What you will see me write next is not confession, but being accountable.
- Weight. Pretty stable, but not where we want it. The interesting thing is - no matter what I do, I can't get to budge. It fluctuate within 5 labs.
- Bloodsugar. and Hemoglobin A1C (google it if you don't know what it is). My HbA1C is within the recommended guidelines, so my MD is not as concerned about my slightly elevated blood sugar.
- Lipid panel. I am not happy with the numbers. He was not concerned about the triglycerides, and the ratios are good too, thus no medication.
-(the fun stuff - some may think TMI) ... my PSA was good as was the accompanying exam.
- Blood pressure was good - including the 'true blood pressure' (BP measured five times - one minute apart).
Overall a good phyiscal - now I need to work on the weight. I sort of have some plans which I will work on putting together over the next couple of weeks.
I saw an ear doctor to have my ears cleaned. May sound funny - but I have small ear canals and put my stetoscope in my ears all the time ... TMI I know.
I had lasik some years ago - age is playing a role - but contacts is what I am getting....
So there you go...
I know I am at an advantage of having a medical background, but do yourself a favor - read about the conditions you have before your physicals so you can ask questions and learn. When you know about what is going on - and challenge your physician or nurse practitioner and get explanations - you are much more likely to be compliant - you are much more likely to find ways to reach your goals and so on ... my conversation with my MD - was in addition to being goal oriented also informational.
For those of you who know I am a NP might as - why do I not see a NP as a primary care provider? The answer is very simple. I first met him as a colleague of my wife, I thought is was a great guy and he has the reputation of being a smart person, the chemistry was right - AND I was in need of a new primary care MD - so that was the reason. Should I been in the need of changing - I don't know what I would do - but it depends on what my needs are - and who is available.