Sunday, September 26, 2010

Notes from my annual physical

I generally get a physical around this time of year, which is also around when the kids are going back to school and need theirs and now it's also when I need to get my annual lab work done.

I had mine a few days ago and then did the lab work Friday. The first thing I noticed is that I'm always two pounds higher at the doctor's compared to home. I think that's because I no longer make a point to take off my shoes, wear light clothes and all the other tricks to come out as thin as possible on the scale. In fact, before my appointment this time, I ended up eating a snack and drinking a ton of water just because I was hungry and thirsty. It's kind of freeing.

The second thing is that my blood pressure is always excellent. It's not at home when I take it in the morning. Either my arm is now too small for my blood pressure cup or the fact that I have to pee like crazy is raising my blood pressure. Since it's always good at the clinic, I've started taking it after I get up and pee to see what the deal is. So far it's been 20-30 points lower when I do that. So I think I'll stop worrying about it for now.

Then we talked about all my issues. The main thing is my poor sleeping habits. I wake up at least once a night, sometimes many times more. She recommended I take melatonin OTC and also gave me a prescription for something that starts with a T and is a mild anti-depressant, but is often prescribed for sleep because it makes you drowsy. It's funny how she and the pharmacist were all quick to reassure me that it was for sleep. I guess we don't want to suggest I could possible need an anti-depressant or anything. Quelle horror!

Honestly, I don't care. I've been so stressed at work lately and I've always had issues with sub-clinical SAD so if this medicine helps with that while it also regulates my sleep cycles, more power to it! On the other hand, it apparently has some serious side-effects so before I start taking it, I'm going to do a bit of research. (I can't start it until after my race tomorrow as it will make me drowsy during the day for a few days until I get used to it.

I couldn't actually find any pure melatonin at Raleys so I'm taking something that also has chamomile and some other sleep herb in it. It's also a gel cap so I can't take 1/3 to 1/2 a pill as I was told to. Maybe I shouldn't take the other stuff until I find the right form of melatonin? I guess I'll get this clarified at my follow up visit.

Then she did all the normal poking and prodding and said she thinks I have a fibroid on the outside of my uterus! So now I have to get an ultrasound when I get my mammogram. She did say it was easier to feel around now that I've lost the weight. This is yet another aspect of how being overweight negatively impacts your health -- less effective physicals.

I also asked about getting an IUD and once again she was positive that I'm not still ovulating. She MAY be right this time, but I am pretty sure I still am, at least some months and I think I'm in a better position to tell these things. Anyway, I'm getting my FSH tested along with all y vitamin and it her bariatric tests so we'll find out soon enough.

I forgot once again to ask about getting this weird growth cut off my chin. When it first appeared, I had Kaiser and couldn't get past the gate keepers to get it cut off and since then I've kind of gotten used to it, but lately it's been bugging me again and I think it's time to get it gone!

That's it for my physical until the lab work starts coming in. I'll report back when it's all back. I just hope my protein levels are relatively normal this time.
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