Wednesday, June 26, 2013
During the last ten-15 years health care in Sweden has really declined. I hae nothing to complain about - except for my visit at the mental clinic where circumstances was beyond bad, I have been astonished about how well I have been recieved.
And the same with my swollen leg. When I finally decided to do something about it I learned how to register mysel and ask for an appointment online - did this one morning and two hours later I recieved a text message with an appointment four days later....
When I arrived I waited for ... five minutes? - after appointed time and then met the doctor. Who was thorough, verbal and had a polite attitude ( it might help that I am also polite but verbal...) and after an examination he sent me off to lab for a lot of tests, and EKG ad we agreed that I would let company healthcare check my blood pressure under calmer cicumstances.
I so did five days later and mailed the result to this doctor - snailmail because there was no mailadress.
After a day or two he called me and told me that all my test results were fine. As I have told him about my eating disorder, my attempts to lose weight and my anxiety over my health due to that weight I asked hi what his response to that might be (he had not reacted that much when I told him) he started talking about gastric bypass - the only solution he knew - and we agreed that we would coninue the discussion in august, after seeing waht effect the diuretic would have on my swollen leg and blood pressure.
Today he called again ( I am amazed, althoug I DO get this very good service all the time I hear so many stories about people being neglected ) and said that he hadkept exploring the idea about gastric bypass. I am on the verge of becoming too old but he would send me for a enquiry (?) meeting with th people who work with it in this region if I wanted. I said yes – after my own investigation I am more doubtful than before but I also hope to get mor information, maybe other solutions...
He said that the fact that I had a eating disorder disqualified me for an operation - I said that the only difference between me and the other obese patients was that I am honest about my behaviour. I asked him if he truly believed that an obese person (BMI plus 40) would stay obese if they could help it? He agreed that it did not seem logical.
I am back thinking about the drastic changes I needed to make to quit drinking alcohol - what if I became as drastic with food?
1. Because it is almost impossible - I can´t stop working, having social contact, being alone, preparing food etc. etc. As well as with smoking (nowadays) alcohol is still kept in a certain area of life and once I decided it was easy to stay away from those areas until I felt more secure with a sober life.
That method woks for things that should be excluded - but what about things that should be handled?
What if I could go to a "detox"-treatment, like alcoholics do? Unfortuately there are none available if your are not extremely rich or willing to be exposed like in "biggest loser" – which is not a healthy way of attacking your eating disorder...
Time is really running out!