As I Live and Learn

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Yearly Check Up

I measured at 5 feet 9 and 1/4 inches. I've grown! For years I've been saying I'm 5-9, but that's simply because saying I'm 5 feet 8 and 7/8 inches is too much of a mouthful. But apparently I've grown in the last three years or so! Granted my appointment todays was at 9am, so I pretty much got out of bed, brushed my teeth, dressed and went there. I've heard you're at your tallest right in the morning and your spine compacts slightly throughout the day, but over a quarter of an inch? That's a lot of compacting! So the upshot is, I've grown! I'm legitimately at least 5'9".

My blood pressure was "perfect", and I do quote the nurse on that. It came in at 118 over (I didn't pay attention to the second number). This makes me happy and relieved, because the last two times I've donated blood my BP has been up around 140/90, and even the few times before that it was creeping up, and on Wednesday/Thursday even though my pulse was normal my heart was beating so hard that I could feel my whole chest move with it even while I was sitting still. All bad signs of a heart over-working. But I felt wonderful this morning, mostly likely because I started my new job yesterday (and was so happy about it) and I got to spend time with friends last night, and I got a great night's sleep the last two nights, and my BP clearly reflected that. All this means is that my recent high blood pressure has been due to all the recent stress in my life. Yay! Now to just make sure the stress causing things are done with, or get managed better.

I asked about my being hypoglycemic, and described what's been going on the last year and a half. The doctor said it's "Reactive Hypoglycemia". Meaning the only treatment/management is to eat when I get weak, as I have been doing. She said the only way to prevent it is to cut sugar out of my diet. I don't see that happening, so all I do it just eat when it happens. But the very good news is that it is NOT a risk factor for Diabetes, and therefore I am not more likely to get that. WHEW!

The doctor said I check out good. I said I feel good. So, so far, all is good! I managed to mention before my Pap two facts that I didn't remind the doctor of last time I had a Pap. Things went MUCH better this time. Last time I was in so much pain afterwards I had to call into work and go lie down for a couple hours. This time the after-pain was only momentary. :) The point is, don't think your doctor remembers all the details about you, and you have to get up the courage to say things to or remind your doctor of things that will help yourself. You'll get better fitting treatment and be happier for it.

Happy Spring!


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