Friday, August 23, 2013

It's All Good

Today I went to the doctor for an annual physical.

I'm pretty healthy, and left to my own devices would only have a physical every couple of years. However, last year I changed doctors; the new guy's office sent me a card reminding me that people of 'my age' should check in once a year.  I called and made an appointment.

In preparation for the big event, last Friday I stopped in at a lab (after having fasted overnight) to have blood work done so the results could be incorporated into my office visit.  The past tests have always been normal, so I didn't spend a lot of time wondering about what they'd show this time. 

When I entered the doctor's office today the nurse practitioner performed the standard weight-blood pressure-health assessment questionnaire.  She left, and I waited for the doctor.  I've only met this doctor one other time, but he seems like a nice enough person.  He asked me about my diet (which is better than last year--less processed foods and more "whole" ones) and exercise habits (not quite as good--if I were being graded on them, they'd be about a B). 

I was pleasantly surprised when he told me that my diet changes outweighed the exercise slips. My "good" cholesterol had increased from just acceptable to five points higher than that.

Now I just have to figure out what I've been doing so I can continue it.

Five years ago today: New Thing #225--Virtual Style


  1. excellent! good for you!.....smiles

  2. That was worth going back for a year early. Good job.

  3. Good for you Kathy, you have a really good diet!

  4. Good for you, Kathy! I have to go 2-3 times a year.

  5. In visiting my dr a couple of weeks ago, she discovered that I had not had a "physical" since 2006. I've been in to see her here and there for certain things, but unless I am sick, I don't go to the dr. She had done blood work the last time I saw her (last fall) and found that all my numbers were excellent so she wasn't too concerned. This last visit was actually done while I was feeling excellent. I just needed some advice about a prescription she had given me a couple of years ago and I had finally gotten around to taking and finding that it really worked.

    As for eating vs exercise, my almost-plant-based diet is what saves me as my exercise is limited to the ones I do for spinal stenosis and sciatica.