Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Health Update Part Two or I Need a New Doctor

Went to the doctors the other evening to see where I am at with my bloodwork and all.
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.


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

YUP!!!! You need a new and caring doctor ...take your time and find the best one for you! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anonymous said...

But all in all You had better numbers and that's good! Still pre-diabetic though and that's too bad.

Something back in my head says rice and beans can help lower that cholesterol, I'll have to check that up though. And I'm afraid red wine is much better than vodka :-)

Thankfully I live in a country where everyone gets good healthcare , even refugees without any legal papers. I do hope You'll be able to afford an insurance soon!


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a jerk! But you know you are doing good. You are not only doing are doing great! I know you feel better and that tells you what you need to know. Just keep it up.... f#@* that doctor.

I'm in the same boat as you. No insurance but even when I had insurance it was like they didn't want to find anything because then you'd need to use your insurance. I went to the doctor once cause I really was not feeling very good and they acted like I didn't know what I was talking about. Took none of what I said seriously. Here I am a person that never goes looking for illness so if I feel weird...something is going on. Turns out I figured out myself I think I was just getting way too hot because the air was not working in my car. I think I was just becoming overheated and it was affecting me all day.

Still, I am where you are...they won't find anything because they know you can't pay for anything. But I'm in much better shape than all the people I know my age. I really don't have any problems other than weight. I'm proud of myself because I've lost 50 but must keep working so I can lose another 50. Then I really will have something to celebrate.

I know you've lost 29 pounds and since March....that is FANTASTIC!!!!! Just keep doing what you are doing.

An Urban Cottage said...

It sounds like he needs a few lessons in cheerleading.

The 5.8 I assume is your A1C which is a number that reflects your blood sugar over the last three months. Six is the threshold and you're under that. So that's good.

Yes, we all have places where we can make changes to be healthier but they're sometimes not realistic. You've made changes that "fit" you and that it sounds like you can sustain. Rome wasn't built in a day; you're doing it at little at a time. If no one will pat you on the back, you sometimes just have to do it yourself.

Bonnie said...

One could also be grateful that a doctor was available. They are not in many places. Just a thought.

yoborobo said...

My doctor was thrilled I had lost 4 lbs. Think how he would feel if I lost 24! lol! I'm in the same boat (medically), only you're doing so much better. Just keep at it. Remember, you're setting a good example for ME! :) xox

sassypackrat said...

Sounds like you've made good changes in your life. Stick to them and you'll be fine. Doctors are asses sometimes. And remember "don't become an alcoholic"!

Cynthia Myers said...

Bonnie, you are right of course. Now I feel like the person who complains that she doesn't have ice cubes while others are going thirsty.
Thanks for your comment.
:) - Cindi

Cynthia Myers said...

Thanks to everyone for the caring comments! You all give me the strength to keep going and sticking with it! I just hope to find a different doctor that reads my chart first.
XOXO - Cindi

Robin Kent said...

WOW! You're doing great! I knew you were working on it, but didn't know you were so successful! I need to walk but haven't started up again. You're inspirational. Think I'll head for the door next.
(PS God bless Vermont where I have state assisted health care. Move closer!)

Cynthia Myers said...

Robin, Many years ago I came very close to moving to Vermont to be close to my sister. In fact I had a house picked out in Lowell and almost made an offer but suddenly my sister decided to move back to the Midwest. Vermont is beautiful but I was just recently told that they have a limit on how many animals you can have!
Sigh...guess it's not meant to be.