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Know Your Numbers


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Every year around our benefits annual enrollment period at my work, we are offered an incentive to have a Know Your Numbers wellness screening. I usually go into these screenings prepared to hear the worst, but I think that today’s news wasn’t *too* bad…

My BMI is HIGH. I could have told them that, so this number was something I was ready for. My blood pressure was also a little high (130/74), but I TOTALLY blame that on the fact that my appointment for the screening was scheduled for 8 a.m. and I was there on time but didn’t get called back until 8:45 a.m. Let’s just say I wasn’t too thrilled to have waited 45 minutes for a nine minute screening. It also didn’t help that I was fasting, so I was already grumpy…just sayin’!

My overall cholesterol was good at 181 (target level below 200), but per usual my “good” cholesterol was low…they recommend at least 60 and I had 44, so it definitely could be better. ALSO, in the past my triglycerides have been really bad, but today they were 112 – they recommend less than 100 but 150 is the “risk” level, so I was happy with that news!

I was also able to get my free flu shot, and on Thursday they are having a big benefits fair that I will go to for all the information that I need for benefits enrollment…I am very blessed to work for a company that is dedicated to providing quality benefits!!

I do have to go to my regular doctor for my annual well women’s exam and to check my thyroid levels soon. I will need to take care of this in the next few weeks, so perhaps I will have more information after that check-up, too.

It’s very important to me to take advantage of these preventative care opportunities and screenings. I even sometimes wish I could get a mammogram, even though I am only 28!! That may sound silly, but I’ve been attending free seminars on breast cancer lately and I don’t have any glaring risk factors per se, but I am one of those people who just likes the peace of mind. So unless something comes up, I’ll have to wait for that lovely experience…although I’m also one of those people who would rather endure a few minutes of discomfort over going through cancer treatments. But that’s just me…
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4LEEFCLOVER 10/11/2012 5:52PM

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Knowing what your numbers are is great because you can learn from changes over the years and see what makes a difference for you. I keep a chart of my numbers that I add to whenever I have a test done. That makes it easy for me to see what has changed and what I need to work on. My doctor liked the chart too. It is good to have your own records in case you have to change doctors in the future.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/11/2012 2:55PM

    I used to fear the doctor but now I see the importance in going, knowing your numbers and taking care of myself. Good for you!

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BEATLETOT 10/10/2012 12:18PM

    Hey, those numbers aren't so bad...good job, sissy!

I wrote your letter today...I think it's going in the mailbox tomorrow. =) In the meantime, I should tell you how my trip went...give me a holler when you've got some time.

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RUTHXG 10/9/2012 12:50PM

    Congrats on your good numbers! They are going in the right direction, yay!

My workplace provides really great benefits too. I take full advantage of them--an ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure. I do HATE mammograms: they are SO painful for me, & I have no risk factors except age. I've been having them yearly since I was 40, I think, & they are always torture, plus I don't like getting radiation year after year. But now that I'm 58 my doctor insists that it would be unwise to retreat to every other year. Sigh.

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