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Day 199: Turned Myself In

Friday, February 18, 2011

Today I saw my doctor.

I had to admit that I've been fairly noncompliant with my statin (because it just slips my mind to take it at night) and my hydrochlorothiazide (because I already pee on myself so much, I want to avoid a diuretic).

My weight is fairly stable from when I saw her several months ago, but my BP was high...about 170/92 after I'd been sitting 10 minutes. My heart rate is already 64, so, as she explained it, I "don't have any more betas to block." So she started an ARB. We'll see if it works.

I told her about my back pain. She suggested an MRI, but I declined. I'd rather turn myself in at the local university medical center's back clinic and see if they recommend starting with a physical therapy program for home exercises. If they really want an MRI, I'll do it, but I hate to have the test if it's not necessary. It's a big copay, first of all. Secondly, while I don't think I need my ovaries any longer, I'd sure hate to make them glow for no reason.

She drew my blood and checked my urine for microalbumin. I feel well taken care of when I'm with her and she allows me to control my treatment to a certain extent, though occasionally she rolls her eyes with amusement.

After the doc appointment, I came to work where I had a very, very pleasant day. Meetings were worthwhile and we accomplished what needed to be accomplished. Yesterday I struggled to get my clinic charting done and decided it was a very, very bad day. I considered shoving my face into a whole chocolate cake, but I reconsidered and had some tuna instead.

Even with baby steps, I choose health.
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    I was extremely pleased when the dachshund I referred for back surgery a couple of wks ago, had his problem disc pinpointed w/a CT scan instead of a myelogram, the "old-school" solution which can be problematic in tiny dogs...
    (He's doing great, owner is very pleased)
    3260 days ago
    My doc wouldn't have found out that I have degenerative disc disorder without an MRI. It also doesn't use radiation, unless they want to use a dye to see things better. It's just a big magnetic pulse. That's why they ask if you have or had any metals in your body before, as well as pacemakers.
    3263 days ago
    LOL Glad you didn't drown yourself in chocolate cake! Sounds messy. I love having a doctor actually listen to you, those are few and far between. The only good thing about the MRI is they can see if you have a compressed disc. See if you can find a local study on people with back pain they pay for everything and a lot of the time your not taking weird medications, so it's harmless. My husband has back issues. He's trying to lose weight to relive the strain and started walking more also.

    3263 days ago
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