Embarrassment and Doctor's Orders

Thursday, October 17, 2013

When the doctor's office calls YOU and tells you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible, should you be worried?

I had blood work done on Tuesday. It was ordered last winter and I kept putting it off. I finally went in to face the ugliness I knew it would be.

I walked to the doctor's office at a swift pace to make it there in time. So when they took my blood pressure it was ridiculously high. After 10 minutes she took it again and it was in the normal range. I did warn them that I walked there (as if the sweaty t-shirt didn't give that away), so I'm glad they listened and gave me a 2nd try.

I also opened up to her about a very tough thing to say which I've written here a million times - "I've been eating anything I can to cope with the stress of the bad news of my dad's Alzheimer's. He's 67 and in a nursing home." Dad's condition was added to my family history. Telling her I turn to food like others turn to drugs or alcohol was also difficult. But it's done.

Tests showed elevated cholesterol levels. And as part of a health assessment for my insurance, my doctor measured my waist. I'll leave my insurance-company-opinions to myself here, but just know that her measuring tape is broken into green, yellow, and red sections. I've never seen this before, but anyone can figure what that meant.

I was in the red. BIG OL' RED in the waist circumference arena. DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!!!!

My follow-up blood work is in two months and my follow-up appointment is in three months. I'll be taking cholesterol medication and treating myself right day by day so I can go back in three months with a smaller waist and less stress on the scale. And hopefully get off that medicine!

Peace Out,
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    I'm sorry to hear about your father. Don't be embarrassed. You know how many of us on here turn to food in the same way. You have all the support you need here to get it down. What a horrible tape measure though.
    2004 days ago
  • no profile photo SUEPERWOMAN

    Andrea, please try not to be embarrassed. Use this as FUEL to get your health back.
    I totally understand the desire to binge under such terrible circumstances. After that last swallow, the food doesn't give us the anesthesia we're looking for, though.
    It only adds to our problems.

    Love, Ginger

    I KNOW you can get better results in eight weeks and I'm rooting for you, dear friend!
    2010 days ago
  • DALID414
    My mom just found out her cholesterol is high, too. We're hoping to have it in the normal range by her next appointment. The Dr altered her diet and she's doing pretty well. Hope you find a healthier way to cope.
    2011 days ago
    Just think, you can move forward from here. It is all out in the open now and you have a goal and a 'check up' date to reach that goal and we are here to help encourage you!

    My blood work is in two weeks and my appointment is a few days later and I don't think either are gonna be pretty! So I need to get my butt in gear too!

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    2013 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I'm sure you know the routine, exercise etc but remember to take your chol. medicine at bedtime as that is when our livers made cholesterol. It helped me finally get good numbers besides backing off on red meat almost entirely. For a better waist measurement, tightening the muscles there by sit ups and heavy lifting helps for a while. I do think doctors don't tell us what to do but the insurance companies and that is not right but it is the way it is now. I dislike them having power over us and now forced to have insurance it can only get worse. I do think you can do this. It is no fun getting bad numbers at the doctor's office. I am not losing fast enough to make my doctor happy phoo... he is super thin.
    2013 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    I walk 1-hour a day before breakfast to get my metabolism; in bad weather I do a racetrack pattern in the house coupled with standing in place exercises. For measurement on progress, fat calipers serve me well. Fat decreased from 36% to 14.7 percent. We are with you on staying healthy. emoticon Earl
    2013 days ago
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