The last time I went to this doctor was to complain about my periods becoming irregular for me. Sorry if this is tmi for you, but I'd like to get this out for some people.
I have been regular since the first one. You could set your calendar to my time of month. Even after having kids, it came back and was just as regular. Then I hit 35.
They're getting closer together (who knew as you aged, you'd get more!) and occasionally it seems done, then hits me with one more day. How annoying.
I blame peri-menopause, but my doctor just doesn't think so because "it's still within the normal range for women your age". Well, it's not normal for me! "It could be because of your weight." Hmm, I've lost 50 pounds and it's still happening.
I'm giving this doctor one more chance before I decide to go to someone else.
I made up the list of issues that I have this time, some of them because I'm more active. I looked on the website for my chart and noticed they seem to have neglected to post my last pregnancy is done and that I had a c-section, that was in 2006. Makes me wonder what else is wrong with my chart.
I am having leg issues from trying to run last summer, hopefully he'll figure out that issue. I've noticed a lump where a rib is that is unusual, didn't notice that when I was fat. My right shoulder just doesn't want to reach behind my back anymore without a twinge of pain. We also have to check my vitamin D levels again to see where they lie. Perhaps more issues will pop up by Friday?
I doubt he'll even mention the weight loss, but I'll be prepared with printouts from here mentioning the website, what I've done and the things he said wrong to me about losing weight. You can't just "cut carbs" and lose weight. If I could never eat fruit or whole grains I'd probably give up. Better advice would be to cut out the processed foods and sugary treats. He probably thought it was good advice and he probably doesn't know where carbs lie and how they help us process our day. I guess that's what happens when you get advice for weight loss from an obgyn.
You can find printouts here to spread the spark: www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
This place is also found by going to your sparkpoints and clicking on the "tell a friend" link at the bottom of the list, there are printouts for your doctor, business cards you can print out and even flyers!
The last thing I will be doing for the first time in ages is skipping breakfast. In order to do any bloodwork on Friday, I'll have to do a fasting one. To double my pain, I have to get up early to have the car by dropping the husband off at work. That always makes me hungry. To triple my pain, my appointment is not until 10:45. When I get up early, I have usually had two "meals" by that time. I will be HUNGRY! To my purse I will add a banana and a granola bar to make sure I can go home without passing out from lack of food and lack of blood (last time they took 6 vials worth!). It will be lunchtime by the time I get out of there for the day!
No wonder people don't want to go to the doctor when it takes this much time and hassle to get there, but it's worth it to make sure your body is not doing funny things. I'm just glad we have medical insurance so I won't get billed for the whole appointment, the insurance will cover most of it. I'll probably have to cover part of the tests and I already have to go in with $30 from the last appointment I had a couple of months ago for my eardrum busting out from an infection that the antibiotics did nothing for. I can hear again, it was weird to not be able to hear when I normally have sonic hearing.
Once I have my printouts, I'll be prepared. I'm just not looking forward to skipping both breakfasts (yes, I'm a Hobbit).
Today's Holidays: World Red Cross Day and National Coconut Cream Pie Day. You may want a piece of pie when you go to donate blood, I may have to do that one day as I'm an O+, what's your type?