Thursday, May 06, 2010
Yesterday my husband and I went on our yearly *cough, cough* doctor's appointment for a checkup. It's been a while since we had taken the voyage to the doctor's so it was about time we got our booties there. Rather it be mere laziness or afraid of learning the truth about our health, we have not wanted to go. Thankfully we have been getting things together and planning so that we don't miss out on health conditions that might occur early on and were not caught due to the easy task of going to the doctors. Although we wish it were faster to visit a doctor in America, taking us 2.5 hours in total for our visit, we were able to get off from work and get there. It's just a little price we wanted to pay to be able to check up on our progress.
We both had our physicals and also had blood taken to test our cholesterol and B12. Thank goodness for butterfly needles - seriously they do not hurt and you will not feel much more than a little prick. Note: Look for doctors that have butterfly needles if you are scared of blood being drawn - your fears will go away! In addition, being that a woman, I had to have more done which included a Breast Exam, Pelvic exam and Pap smear... oh the fun! Actually I have had these exams once each year since I was 16 years old so I'm rather used to them... but they are a little nerve racking for newbies. Personally I would rather know about any problems though early on just in case instead of worrying about my self-pride and privacy "down there".
News so far:
Throughout my examination I was surprised to hear that nothing was serious about my health. Actually my doctor didn't have anything bad to say about anything. The nurse took my blood pressure which I was sure it was going to be high since I was a little nervous going to a new doctor but it was low. Actually I was told that it was low reading at 98/60 but not to worry to much about it. I have to do more research about this... anyone know what this reading means?
In addition, I learned that my weight scale has been wrong for who knows when... my husband was correct in stating that we should get a new scale. Our weight was about 5 pounds off - so if I look at mere numbers I am 5 pounds lighter! haha Not really the way I wanted to lose those numbers but I will take what I can get. I also found out that I am 58 inches - which means I'm around 4foot 10inches... that means that I still have to lose around another 5 pounds to be in a "healthy weight category" for my BMI. Right now (with the correct weight) I am 124.
We are still waiting for our blood work to be completed. I'll update everyone later. I am nervous but hope they turn out okay.
My husband and I were talking after we got out of the appointment, while cramming protein bars into our mouths and chugging orange juice. (Seriously, missing breakfast is not a good idea - not sure how anyone can do it even for blood work to be done!) We both mentioned that we felt so much healthier just after having the blood work done and physicals out of the way. It may seem crazy but just bringing everything to light is amazing for the mental part of our adventure to get the healthiest possible. I believe this is why Biggest Loser Season 9 has been working hard to showcase the "know your real age number" and also health problems of each contestant. I think that a lot of us (skinny or chubby like myself) try to ignore things with the body so that we can feel better about ourselves. It's like the flamingo, if you hide your head no one can see you... even if your bright pink body is out in the bright daylight for everyone to see.
I highly suggest if you haven't gone to your doctors, go ahead and get connected with your health. It's easy to look at the weight scale but it's another thing to learn about how healthy you are on the inside. The scale helps with weight but you won't know truly how healthy you are until you have your blood checked and everything looked over by a professional.