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!