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Friday, November 13, 2009



Well today is D-Day...Doctor's appointment early this morning. Joe and I go at the same time for our yearly physical. I get nervous before I get there, but once I'm in the office the butterflies go away. After all...there are many things to think about when you get there. That dreaded scale is first. After 50, some people (who have been able to eat anything all their lives) start to put on weight..a lb. at a time. Maybe we aren't so active later in live...you think? Anyway, I don't take off my shoes, like somebody I know. I approach the scale...not watching her add the weights. I don't usually look to see what she writes down...she says it out loud, so everyone in the waiting room can hear."150" she says..."Can that be right?" She says that I am tall and can easily carry that weight. Let's not do it over, I think to myself. We each go into our examining rooms and the nurse tells me to sit down. I fumble with the sack of pill bottles that we were supposed to bring....hands sweaty now. "Let's take that BP," is the next thing she says. "Oh, a little high this morning...white coat syndrome...we'll check it again later." She asks how I've been since the last time she saw me....let me think...hmmmm. "Well, I had brain surgery...that's why I'm bald." We go through her third degree and she says, "Take off everything but your socks," and she hands me a paper wrapper to put on. I do this and climb up on the exam table and there I sit...a bald woman, in a paper wrapper, swinging my legs with socks on. Sweating and humming to myself. Humdy dum.. I look around the room and read all the things on the wall...making sure this doctor is qualified to examine me. Is that my chart on the desk ? I hop off the table and tip toe to the desk. I look around, always fearful of that hidden camera that I have seen on TV shows ...Candid Camera, and America's Funniest Home Video. Should I take a peek or not...it's my chart after all. I go back to the exam table and sit down. Humdy dum...where is he? I hop off the table and go to the desk to take a peak....no, I shouldn't... back to the exam table. Finally after waiting for 25 min. I go for it....hop off the table and go to the desk, paper wrapper open in the back which is to the door.. and flip open the chart...In walks the doctor. Aha, he says...caught ya! Now is the time to stop writing this post. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Now you didn't think that I would post my real weight did you? I know that after the appointment, naughty old people that we are, you will find us at our favorite restaurant having a big breakfast. Now don't scold!
PS:... Back home and pooped. The doctor visit was a piece of cake. Everything was good...I had lost weight, and BP was nice and low. We got a phone call a minute ago and the lab results were in ....already! The only thing wrong is my triglycerides are a little elevated...he told me to increase the fish oil and drink more water. I can do that. Wow about 3 months ago I was getting ready for brain surgery and today got a clean bill of health. Yes!!Can you see me doing my victory dance???


garden girl said...

Balisha, oh how I can relate!

The last time I went for a checkup, the scale was wrong. . . really, it was. According to their scale I had gained 20 pounds. I didn't used to weigh myself at home - I went by how my clothes fit. It was true, my jeans were a little tighter than usual at that visit. But 20 pounds? No way! The jeans wouldn't have just been a little tighter - they wouldn't have fit at all.

Next thing was blood pressure. Mine is usually way below average, even taking white coat syndrome into account. But I was so upset about the scale, my bp skyrocketed. So then I'm thinking. . . oh great, I've gained 20 lbs., and now I have high blood pressure! When they took the bp later, it was back to normal.

After that doctor visit I upped my activity level and the jeans now fit like they used to. I've been weighing myself every week or so since that visit, and I didn't lose 20 lbs., only 7. I sure hope they re-calibrated that stupid scale.

Balisha said...

Read the last of this post to find out about the exam.
Good for you about increasing your activity level...I'm going to follow your lead, garden girl.

One Woman's Journey said...

Balisha, so happy for you for the good report. I can relate to the paper gown and waiting for the doctor. My blood pressure always elevates at that time. I try so hard to be calm. Weight no problem.
I can remember when I took off my shoes - not anymore. Cannot seem to get past 110 lbs - every since building and moving. Healing Blessings continued to be sent your way.

Margie's Musings said...

I have to confess my weight is 140...it should be 130 or less. I'm only 5'4" but don't get a lot of activity. I hate exercise and hate walking in the street since we have no sidewalks.

I'm so happy you had a good checkup Balisha.

Patti Cakes said...

Praise God! That's a very good thing! My triglycerides run high and I'm wondering what they are now. I take a lot of diuretics and maybe that is the cause too. Glad you are doing well. Hugs

Balisha said...

I'm 5 ft 9 in tall and just a little overweight. I could always eat what I wanted...Now I have to watch it. I am eating more meals with meat, now that I am married to Joe (the meat cutter) When I was eating just fish and occasional chicken...I was thinner. I'm sitting here writing this and feeling stuffed...we ate at an Italian restaurant after Mass.. UGH!! I hate that feeling...never again.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

HOW could I have missed this one! I am an idiot and have to get over here OFTENER..(is that a word?)

I LOVED your little sceneario of the happenings in the exam room. I am SO jealous of your weight. Yes, I have lost weight but I am still too heavy. However the nurse doesn't broadcast it. I am not violent but..I think I would punched her lights out if she did that. Ok..I would THINK about punching her lights out! :) Maybe she just wasn't thinking???
I am already starting to edge my weight back up! All that laying around was NOT good...but the energy level is coming back.
YOU sound wonderful! You sound happy and I am happy for you, Balisha! But..I will bet no one is happier than Joe!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Balisha, I am so happy for you that you got a clean bill of health. You have come a long way lady! I get white coat syndrome so bad when I go to the doctor that my blood pressure goes way up every time. They take it several times and it will be higher each one. I take it when I get home and it will be almost low! I work myself into a tizzy for no reason when I go. The way you described your visit is exactly the way it is when I go. I just don't like doctors I guess!