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…