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Doctor's Appointment

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You might have seen a couple of blogs I wrote about making an appointment with a new doctor, my fear of the doctor, etc. Well, today was the day of my doctor's appointment, and I was nervous, though not nearly as nervous as I thought I would be.

I printed out a before/after picture to take to my doctor and show my progress. I also had prepped what I wanted to say - I had sleep apnea, diagnosed by my dentist, was at 268 (+/- 5 pounds due to my faulty scale), and got on Take Shape for Life to lose weight and improve my health.

I had to fill out some paperwork at the front desk and the lady there was super nice and helpful. I didn't get all the paperwork done before I was called. I was SHOCKED at not having to wait in upwards of 15 minutes for my appointment! The assistant then had me put my things in a room and asked me to step on the scale.

This was the moment of truth. I was nervous, but I slipped off my shoes and stepped on. I wasn't sure WHAT number I would see (like I said, my home scale is off by about 5 pounds), but I wasn't expecting to see a number THAT low.

160.4 pounds!!

I was ecstatic from that moment on! The assistant then took vitals - temperature, heart rate, blood pressure. My heart rate was higher than I expected at 83, but I was STUNNED at how low my blood pressure was. The last recorded blood pressure I had (from when I donated blood in February of 2012) was 128/78, but I am sure my real blood pressure was higher than that when I went on program in November of 2012.

Today, even with the excitement and nervousness of going to the doctor, my blood pressure was 110/68! I was thrilled! I then showed the assistant my before/after picture and her eyes bugged out. She congratulated me profusely and said she needed to get a copy of that picture to show to other patients.

After doing the strip-down and breezing gown changing, my doctor came in - again, almost no wait! And right from the beginning, she put me at ease. I showed her my picture and she was stunned. We went over my history, and I talked a bit about my weight loss, my exercise, and my plan for maintenance. I told her I wanted to lose 10 more pounds and asked if it was OK.

Her response even now makes me want to cry. She looked at the BMI chart (which she said was wonky anyway) and said that since I was only 5 pounds away and had lost so much weight already, any extra weight was just a bonus. If it would boost my self-esteem, go for it.

I truly believe I have found the doctor I want - a doctor who listens and wants to know my body and me as much as I do. A doctor who is looking at my health and not the number on the scale. A doctor who cares about me and wants to see the best for me. Instead of going on and on about my need to lose weight, we talked about ALL my health issues - my psoriasis, my vaccinations, my exercise routine, my MENTAL HEALTH (she asked about my home life, work life, if I was depressed or anxious - my previous doctor NEVER asked about that!). EVERYTHING. And she constantly congratulated me on my weight loss and focus on being healthy. I like her so much, I am going to recommend my sister switch her primary care physician to her.

I have never left the doctor's office in such good spirits. I feel empowered and on top of the world, instead of crappy because I am fat and overweight (which, technically according to the BMI chart, I am still overweight). I feel great about my body and great that I can lose these final 10 pounds, but because *I* want to, not because my doctor is strict about me getting into my BMI range.

Thank YOU, all my wonderful SparkFriends, for your encouragement and support and kind words!! It seems almost silly now that I was so worried about my doctor's appointment, but reading each one of your comments encouraging me and telling me it would be OK was like salve on a wound. You guys were so right about this visit - I just wish I hadn't been so nervous and waited so long to visit my doctor!
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MEGYSU 8/26/2013 9:50AM

    Way to go! I'm glad you found a doctor you're comfortable with and got the props you deserve.

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AJDOVER1 8/22/2013 12:40PM

    Thanks for sharing all of this! I can so relate to every step of the way! I wish you Good Health!

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JUST_BRENDA 8/22/2013 5:29AM

    I'm glad you found a really good doctor - they are worth their weight in gold! It must have felt good to have such a good medical visit - thorough and validating. You have worked hard for these results!!!

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BRADMILL2922 8/22/2013 2:29AM

    That is great! Glad you found a doctor that you like!

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PRINCESS_SOFI 8/21/2013 10:49PM

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... I need a new doctor.

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SOOVERMYSELF 8/21/2013 9:18PM

    You are a star girl! You lift all of us up with your success! Looking forward to reading all your tips in transition and maintenance. Way to go SKINNY! emoticon

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STRONGDJ 8/21/2013 9:02PM

    Outstanding! You deserve nothing less. See, even the doctor agrees that YOU ROCK!
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NILLAPEPSI 8/21/2013 7:26PM

    Wow! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/21/2013 7:17PM

    Hurray for you and all your hard, determination, and dedication that has gotten you to this point!

So glad to hear that you are happy with the physician.

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LILLIPUTIANNA 8/21/2013 7:08PM

    Hooray! I am so happy for you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/21/2013 6:46PM

    That sounds like a FANTASTIC visit!

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TIGER_LILY_613 8/21/2013 6:44PM

    Your new doctor sounds wonderful ! I am SO happy for you !
Your hard work has paid off ! WELL DONE !
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ICEDEMETER 8/21/2013 5:52PM

    Happy dance time!

Soooo glad that you found the doctor "partner" that you were looking for! The approach of sharing your journey with the pictures was a stroke of genius - I bet that story is being told around the dinner tables of every staff member from that doc's office this evening. What a great way to get them to share your enthusiasm for improving your health!

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SNOWYOGA 8/21/2013 5:51PM

    I'm really happy for you that's the kind of doctor i'm looking for But I think the drive, (to yours) would be too much! emoticon But again great job, and enjoy this and all your victory's emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KBLASEN 8/21/2013 5:30PM

    emoticon I know you feel so much better now-- a BIG emoticon

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PESKIGIRL 8/21/2013 5:22PM

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I'm so glad you finally found such a good doctor!! You must be giddy by her comment on "you can lose those pounds if you want to, but you don't have to". I'm so happy for you!!!
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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/21/2013 5:17PM

    Congratulations!!! You are amazing!!

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SALLYLEE84 8/21/2013 5:14PM

    Yay! That's so exciting that you found a good doctor. Sometimes it seems they're harder to find than hen's teeth. Have a great rest of the week knowing you are healthy and in charge! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 8/21/2013 4:58PM

    Respect your doctor but do not fear him. He is a person just like you who has been trained to treat your symptons and not the cause of your illness. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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MIRMIUM 8/21/2013 4:42PM

    It's crazy sometimes how we build up our fears of an event and then afterwards it feels like no big deal! I have the feeling you are on top of the world right now :)

I'm SO SO happy to hear that your doctor is a GOOD doctor and that you were able to show off a little with your picture. You've earned it after all!

How exciting that you saw such an improvement in your blood pressure. Sure you should probably have gone to the doctor sooner but I bet it was fun to have the stark before and after contrast of how your blood pressure has improved!

I'm pleased to hear that your doctor asked about mental health too. When I was having panic attacks and finally broke down and went to see my doctor about it....she told me to do yoga!!! lol. So glad I switched. Mental health is really important and should not be overlooked.

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LEWILL1982 8/21/2013 4:41PM

    Congratulations! From my experience of being overweight/obese, to getting healthy, doctors appointments are so much more pleasurable! So happy to hear she put you at ease and focused on you. Isn't that nice to hear, lose the weight if you want but not necessary! emoticon

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LAILATN 8/21/2013 4:37PM

    I am so glad that your doctor's visit went well! Having a good doctor that you like and trust is SO important. Congrats on facing your fear and congrats on all the hard work you've done to get yourself to this point!
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