“Have you been reading my blog?” I asked her…
“No, why? I don’t know how to do that, and I wouldn’t anyway” she said…
“Well because you just said that sometimes I need a kick in the butt… and I wrote a post once called Dr Lisa Drives Her Small Foot Up My Big Ass… ”
I had my latest checkup on Wednesday, and not a whole hell of a lot has changed. My blood pressure is still way up, even though I’m taking the medication. She’s booked me for December with some machine that takes several readings over a period of time. That sounds like fun.
I asked her again about the dark spot on my cheek. It’s been there so long that I don’t really remember HOW LONG it’s been there, but I remember asking her about it last year and she said that it was nothing to worry about. Now I’ve become a little self-conscious about it because people are asking ME what it is, including my kids, who seem to have all the subtlety of a brick to the head… So she wrote me a referral to see some doctor who does liquid nitrogen treatments. As a side note, I guess this has been in the news lately, but I hadn’t even noticed. The provincial government was considering removing flu shots and removal of skin lesions from the list of things covered by medicare. I knew about the flu shots, but missed the other part. So when I called to make my appointment, the secretary told me that I might have to pay for this procedure. Well, the next day the government announced that they would continue to cover the cost of these procedures. Yeah!
Aside from the vanity procedure… Dr Lisa gave me a bit of a stern talking to again… she reminded me that I will be 40 shortly, and that I require a significant lifestyle change. She’s concerned about everything from what I’m eating, to the shift work, and even living alone and what I do with my spare time. She’s a great doctor, and I’m so lucky to have been taken on by her when my daughter was born.
The physical health issues can be kept in check with medication, but I have to work on them more. The mental and emotional health is a little trickier to deal with. I’ve discussed it in length with some people, and there’s no point in going over it again, but there’s no doubt that significant changes are required.