My blood pressure was really down.( I never realized it was up.)My BMI (body mass index) has dropped (obviously)
but apparently I'm still "pre-diabetic" my number was 5.8.
I asked what the normal range is and he said 5.6 or 5.7
.............(My sister is checking into that for me.)
He asked about my diet and made some faces when I said that I sometimes have lunch meat and pretzels for lunch.
He said lunch meat wasn't good for me and I said I DON'T have THAT all the time, it's just an example.
Sometimes I have soup.
He asked how many pretzels I'm eating.
I said a handful. I didn't say several handfuls throughout the day.
He asked what kind of lunch meat and I said - thin sliced turkey 98% fat free.
He said "Oh! well, that's OK then".
I said that I eat frozen cherries and fat free whipped cream when I'm craving sweets.
I swear he curled his lip.
I said "Well, I've lost quite a bit of weight" and he seemed startled and looked at my file again.
I said - "THAT shows 24lbs HERE on YOUR scale but at WORK the scale said 29 lbs."
He asked where I worked.
He asked if I was active and I said Yes. and he just looked at me.
I told him I put one of those pedometers on one time and was told that I needed to accumulate 10,000. steps for the day.
I said I forget to put it on for the first hour that I was at work, but by the end of the day I almost hit 15,000.
I said I planned on walking more once it cools off a bit.
My cholesterol is still high - 211
He said it HAD been down to 169, I said I KNOW. but that was when I was on the statin.
He asked when I quit taking it and I said "March 5th the day I left here from my last visit...
I couldn't handle the side-effects".
He said that diet CAN lower it and to keep working on it.
I said that I WOULD. There is no doubt about doing it.
He asked if I drank. I said not really especially since I'm trying to lose weight.
He said that I should drink a glass of red wine at night to lower the #'s
but not to become an alcoholic.
I said that I preferred Vodka.
He said "That's fine too, just don't become an alcoholic.
But red wine would be better".
As far as all my hot flashes go and all the other joys of menopause....yeah, that was just shrugged off and I was told that I could be having symptoms for YEARS.What a waste of time.
I go back in 6 months after I get a blood test ran again.
So, I will go just to get the #'s again (they don't charge me)
I go to a clinic that helps out people who are employed but who do not have Health Insurance.
I wish I had health insurance, I've checked it out but I'm not able to afford any of the premiums.
I'm really living paycheck to paycheck. But a lot of people are in the same boat as I am.
So I go to the clinic and I'm able to get very basic medical work and prescriptions are available,
but I don't want to take any medications.
I'm not really sure what I would do if they discovered something major but then again I doubt they will.
I mean discover it, not that I would never ever get anything major.
I guess ya get what you pay for, or what you don't pay for, which is nothing.
I could just have taken the blood test and shown it to my sister and gotten more detailed information.
So, that's my update.
But some day I will need a new doctor.and maybe a plastic surgeon to tighten up my skin after the fat is gone
and put my boobs back up where they belong.