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The Annual Physical

Monday, July 30, 2018

I weighed 130.0 on the doctor's scale, fully dressed, after breakfast, run and snack. The doctor's comment is that my weight is "stable". I just smile. I guess that is right. I monitor the ups and downs, and it seems it varies a lot. I have lost weight when I need to, and it seems hard sometimes. But if you just look at my annual physicals it does look like my weight has been stable for about 9 years.

My blood pressure was 115/69. Good. Cholesterol was fine. Those 2 measures were high when I was obese. Liver, kidney, thyroid, calcium, Vit D (which is the only meds I take, a supplement), EKG, etc, etc. all tested normal. Mammogram was fine. Doc is ordering a colonoscopy (oh, fun) and another bone density test. OK. I'll do it. We discussed my bunions, my unchanged mild tremor, whether to do a baseline cognitive test, and at this point no other follow up is planned.

All in all, I felt like I had the annual physical I deserve. Hey, is that being smug? Perhaps. I know sometimes things are beyond our control, we get sick for unknown and at this point unknowable or uncontrollable reasons. But my doctor complimented me and said I am doing a good job of taking care of myself. That is a compliment I value.

Thanks, SparkPeople/SparkGuy and all my SparkFriends who help me live a healthy life. I don't think I could do it on my own. It does not come naturally to me. I must work at it -- with support. I feel like my good check up is pay off for all that work!
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