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Making a Big Boy Decision

Friday, October 20, 2017

Yesterday I became an adult. Yeah me. October 19, 2017 and I am no longer a little boy.
Before yesterday, very much so. Here is what happened:

First Doc visit in over five years for me yesterday. Every previous doctor took one look at me, left the profession and/or left the geographic area. So I became a happily, un-followed medical nomad for the last half-decade. Thing is, I still aged during that period, so...

New Doc for me, chosen how one chooses everything these days: online needle in a haystack. I read reviews, pondered the letters and numbers on my health insurance card and the fine print on their web site. I liked the practice's web site. So I guessed, last week made an appointment, and yesterday afternoon actually went. This was the most big-boy decision I've made in decades. Bigger than starting a business, fathering two children, etc. Way bigger.

There is good news and bad news about my health.

The good news: I did not die yesterday and may not do so today. Nothing made the Doc excllaim "Oh my GOD!". I also did not cry during two shots (this is quite an accomplishment for me). I hate shots. I even voted "yes" for the optional flu shot. I swear I no longer recognize the guy in the mirror.

The bad news: I will die. My age and belly are some measure of a toxic risk factor. Alas, I was unable to drop dozens of pounds between when I scheduled the Doc appointment last week, and when it occurred. I read this notes upside down "obese but healthy/muscular." My long-range goal remains for some casual acquaintance to remark "There goes a tall drink of water" when I walk by.

More bad news: I am shrinking. We're not talking Fantastic Voyage here, but I've lost roughly an inch since Jimmy Carter was President and I drove a '75 Plymouth Gran Fury.

The meh news: Yesterday was the last day of my life wherein I was one of those guys who did not have to take a pill a day to prevent something. Script waiting at Walgreens. Alas. I may or may not have elevated blood pressure too. Monitoring and then a recheck is planned. So maybe still more meds. Double icky alas.

The best news: The Doc is an Orioles fan, sci-fi guy, board gaming guy and all around nerd. We also shared concerns about Puerto Rico and more generally, politics. That seemed dangerous (if you know me, you know just what my views are), so we instead got lost in a discussion of the intricacies of Stratomatic Baseball. So there is that.

Further update after the lab is done poking, prodding and draining bodily fluids from my withering carcass. Aging sucks, is not for the faint of heart (no pun intended), but still may beat the alternative.
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    I've been on maintenance drugs of one kind or another since my 20s, is all I can say. I was shocked when I saw how much my mother has shrunk when I last saw her in 2011. I was embarrassed that I had trouble recognizing her physically when she stepped off the plane (we have a tiny airport in my remote village--you can actually see people disembarking from the plane). I realized I must be shrinking as well, and I was in my late 40s still. Sigh.

    Life goes on! Better get used to it. It's not an isolated incident. We are all in this together. emoticon

    emoticon for going to a doctor. Many men are squeamish about doing that. So good for you!
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    Thanks for the chuckle!
    1105 days ago
    LOL. I love your stuff!
    1105 days ago
    Love that you have your humor about all this. It's a great tool for coping.
    There is hope out there. My annual checkup in 2010 is what started my Spark journey and I've been able to avoid the daily blood pressure, diuretic, potassium supplement and Lipitor cocktail. It can be done.
    I still struggle on a daily (sometimes it's white-knuckled minutes) basis but I persevere and reach out when everything tells me to isolate.
    Stay strong and funny!
    1105 days ago
    Fun times, isn't it? (I too probably qualify as obese but well-muscled. It's our ethnic heritage.)

    Listen, take the BP meds. I started them a year ago. Makes it easier to walk up the stairs or hills. Really. When you see the dr next time, if your BP is better, talk to him about maybe taking a smaller dose. I do a whole pill 4 days a week and a half pill 3 days a week. (Also on a very low dose of cholesterol meds, went from 230 to 141 in one year's time. I figure that's good, since for 10 years I couldn't get below that 220 mark.)

    So, take the meds. Be an adult. None of us will live forever (except maybe Superman, and we aren't him). But better living through chemistry, right?

    1105 days ago
    We all know men are just boys with more expensive toys.

    Congratulations on finally seeing a Dr. I have cancelled my yearly physical 4x already this year. I think the next time I call for a new appointment they might say find a new Dr. I was moving though and was quite busy. My last appointment was Friday the 13th and my Mom was rushed to the hospital. I certainly wasn't going to the Dr.

    Welcome to getting older. There are pills for high B/P, cholesterol, diabetes, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory for the creeky joints. By the time you finish taking your pills, you are full from all the water taking the pills and don't want breakfast. Yes, getting older is a real treat, but like you said, it beats the alternative. Good news though, you get senior discounts on certain days. emoticon
    1106 days ago
    Good job! I hope the early positive reviews on the doc hold up!

    "I read this notes upside down 'obese but healthy/muscular'." Congrats! That means you're Fit-Fat! All your hard work over the last few years really IS paying benefits.


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  • PICKIE98

    I was 5'7" when I graduated from high school. I lost 55 pounds in the three months following that. I also lost 11 1/2". Five years ago I was 5'5", I am now 5'4 1/2". Not from any weight loss either..
    I see you did nto mention a prostate exam. Colonoscopy is the next fun thing after that...
    1106 days ago
    emoticon Thrilled that you found a Doc that you are comfortable with and that you put on your big boy pants and went to let them do their thing! Obese/healthy/muscular??? Two out of three ain't bad!!

    1106 days ago
    I love your blog entries. Sorry about the blood pressure medication, but it can help enormously.

    Always remember that "healthy/muscular" phrase!
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  • GEORGE815
    Very amusing. Getting older is better than the alternative.
    1106 days ago
    Love the humor
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    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    emoticon Until tomorrow!

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    Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
    Og Mandino
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    1106 days ago
    Bob, all in all, after 5 yrs. I'd say, not bad. I have work to do, too on the shrinkage front. At only 4 ft. 10.5 in., I am in the land of osteopenia, and SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD to lose any more height! ST for me.

    All in all, sounds like you've chosen a good fit for you with the health practitioner. That's a huge chunk of the health battle.

    Parenting tends to speed up the aging process sometimes, it seems. Now why can't THEY age (which is what they wanna do anyway, up to a certain point), and we stay THE SAME. Gotta work on that one.

    Seriously, though. Good luck w/the blood pressure. Was on medication for a year but now off. That's a good thing! You can do it.

    Here's to health. And love Lionel Richie!
    1106 days ago
  • SONYA2575
    My husband is a big kid. He love his Scooby-Doo.
    1106 days ago
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