Monday, November 18, 2013

Annual Check Up Results

Whip is a gateway drug! 
Seems I am healthy in most respects. Blood pressure 120/80. I want it lower but at least it is not higher I do not have to start taking any BP meds. My blood sugars are perfect; I am far from being diabetic. Mammogram - normal. Biopsies on moles still outstanding but no surprises expected. Kidney function is fine. My good cholesterol was very good. My triglycerides were very low. My total cholesterol was a little high but that happened two years ago and then dropped again the following year. No more sneaking half and half into my coffee or putting cheese in anything.

Even my cardiogram, which has ALWAYS been abnormal because of my erratic (not a-fib related) heart rhythm was found (this time) to be normal. All-in-all it was a very desirable report.

I hope my doctor gives out certificates
suitable for framing! 
One area of concern is anemia. I have always been a little anemic, even years after my hysterectomy. It was not the kind of anemia that prevents me from donating blood so I never gave it any thought. Now I have to look it is differently. They ran another test on my iron so perhaps more will be revealed. In the meantime I will be cooking more meals in the cast iron skillet (which leaches healthy iron into the food) and does not cause the constipation that iron supplements are known to cause. Oh, and I need to finally have that colonoscopy. Looks like I will be getting it done before Christmas.

I can tell you right now that I will not get on the scale after the prep or the test. No playing with numbers that will fluctuate wildly a day later. I weigh on the first and that is it.

Twice this week I missed my afternoon snack and a planned skinny coffee frappuccino while at the same time I got in an extra 30 minute workout AND paced the airport for an hour waiting for a friend to get through customs. I joked to another friend "such deprivation should be good for a five pound loss on the scale this week. . . "

I was joking. I know better.

 I am so glad my expectations are low because results are based in reality, not according to wishes and whining.

My reality is good today. Have you given your reality a check up lately?



Karen said...

Glad your check up came out okay. Good luck with the colonoscopy.

I had such a good check up that the doctor said I don't have to come in (if I'm not obese!) for once every 2-3 years- except for the mammogram and the blood draw for my thyroid meds and routine blood work.

Unfortunately, a false shadow on the mammogram cause me to have a ultrasound, but that came back negative so I burned through my deductible this year. :(

Glad you are getting your check ups.

Caron said...

Great results! I also have been told I am anemic. One doctor told me I was losing blood and sent me for a colonoscopy which was fine. The next doctor confirmed I was anemic but said it appeared to be a very mild form and nothing has been done. I am interested in hearing how you fare on this. Good luck with your test.

Vickie said...

Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods
Eat these to pump up your diet

By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column

It used to be called "iron-poor blood," but now we know it as anemia. Whatever you call it, one way to help treat it is to eat foods rich in iron (most doctors recommend taking a supplement, too).

To boost the amount of iron in your diet, try these foods:

Red meat
Egg yolks
Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
Turkey or chicken giblets
Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans

And here's a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron.

There are things on that list which are not smart for most of US (dried fruit, grains for example) but looked it up anyway because all I could remember was spinach. I can't do egg yolks . . .

Laura said...

Wonderful! So glad things were positive all around!