Wednesday, July 13, 2011
My birthday week.... and I just go put on blood pressure medication. NOW. After losing 70+ pounds... now I have high blood pressure? My doctor tells me, "you will probably go off these once you loose some weight." (I refrained from smacking her.) I asked her for a medical explanation for low to normal blood pressure when I was 70 pounds heavier? Her reply? "Uh... maybe it is genetics, then."
Maybe you need to go back to medical school and re-take the "Bedside Manner 101" and "Read the Damn Chart Before You Share An Opinion 201" classes.
YES I have another 45 pounds to loose. But weight is not the only factor in hypertension. I am a healthy overweight person (in general) I do Pilates 3 times a week. I run 3-5 miles 4 times a week. I take belly dancing classes. I play soccer. I run at least 2 races a month (usually a 5K) and I am training for a half marathon.
My frustration is this... extremes. Either WEIGHT is everything that is wrong with me or it is NOT discussed. Where is the middle? 70 pounds ago my doctor (same practice, different physician) NEVER said anything about maybe I should loose the weight. Now, my weight is the sole reason for everything. I tore my ACL playing soccer when I was hacked by another player (dirty son of **^%$)... it took several visits before I was referred to a surgeon because Dr. Blondie (same one from this week) kept saying it was just sore knees from being heavier than I should be. Um.... the cleat shaped bruise on the inside of my knee? Not a hint?? I think I should have used a red Sharpie and drawn an arrow with the words "Focus Here!!"
And the medical community wonders why so many people rely on WebMD and Dr. Oz's show for self diagnosis.....